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Georgia Tech Men's Tennis Struggles on Opening Day of South Carolina Fall Classic

Oct. 19, 2001

ATLANTA — The Georgia Tech men’s tennis was able to win just two of its five matches on the opening day of play at the South Carolina Fall Classic in Columbia, S.C. The three-day event is being contested at five different locations on the University of South Carolina campus, including the San Daniel, Maxcy Gregg and Columbia Tennis Centers, along with the Blatt Tennis Courts and the South Carolina Indoor Facility.

The Yellow Jackets opened the day in singles competition, with sophomore Alex Navinkov recording the only Tech win in the main draw of A-1 singles, as he Jose Luis Reyes of South Carolina Spartanburg in three sets. Navinkov won the first set by a 6-4 score before dropping the second set 3-6, and rallying in the third to claim a 7-6 (4) win. He was unable to advance to the next round however, as he fell to fourth-seeded Angelo Niculescu of South Carolina in straight sets, 1-6, 2-6.

In the upper half of the A-1 draw, junior Fabio Campos was a first-round victim, dropping a three-set match to Coastal Carolina’s Arnaud Caffin. Campos won the first set by a 6-4 score, but then dropped the next two by matching 4-6 counts. He then received a by in the consolation draw, and will play in the second round of that bracket on Saturday.

Tech freshman Trevor Wilson was in action in the B-1 singles draw, but was also unable to advance out of the first round, dropping a straight-set, 2-6, 2-6 decision to Leonardo Casadei of Hampton.

In doubles action, the Yellow Jacket tandem of Campos and Navinkov faced Wofford’s Dial Burwell and Lee Porter in the first round of A-1 doubles and advanced with an 8-6 win. The duo will face North Carolina’s Geoff Boyd and Nicholas Monroe in the second round on Saturday.

Full tournament draws and updated results are available at www.uscsports.com.

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