THE FLATS – On day one of the MLK Tournament, the Yellow Jackets faced N0. 16 ranked Illinois in both singles and doubles.
Cole Gromley led the way defeating No. 10 Alex Brown, 6-4, 6-3 while Phillip Gresk overcame a 1-6 first set to come back and win 1-6, 7-5, 7-5 over No. 90 Noe Khlif.
“The great thing about this is we can get better and play tomorrow and the next day,” said head coach Kenny Thorne. “Some of these guys didn’t even play in the fall. You’re reminded that when you get competitive, you can’t underestimate the game of tennis. It’s going to take a little bit [of time], and it showed up in singles too at different times. There’s obviously some good highlights, [Carlos] Divar played his first match in 6-7 months and he fought through.”
Tech returns to the courts for day two of the MLK Tournament on Sunday against Columbia. The match will begin at 2 p.m. and will start with doubles.
RESULTS – DAY ONE
Phillip Gresk (Georgia Tech) def. #90 Noe Khlif (Illinois) 1-6, 7-5, 7-5
Caleb Chakravarthi (Illinois) def. Pablo Schelcher (Georgia Tech) 6-4, 6-4
#44 Aleks Kovacevic (Illinois) def. Andrew Li (Georgia Tech) 7-5, 6-0
#92 Zeke Clark (Illinois) def. Chris Yun (Georgia Tech) 6-1, 6-4
Carlos Divar (Georgia Tech) def. #71 Keenan Mayo (Illinois) 7-6, 6-2
#68 Cole Gromley (Georgia Tech) def. #10 Alex Brown (Illinois) 6-4, 6-3
Gui Gomes (Illinois) def. Zummy Bauer (Georgia Tech) 6-1, 6-2
Siphosothando Montsi (Illinois) def. Joseph Gandolfo (Georgia Tech) 2-6, 6-3, 6-1
Vuk Budic (Illinois) def. Brandon Freestone (Georgia Tech) 6-2, 6-2
Noe Khlif/Gui Gomes (Illinois) def. Andrew Li/Chris Yun (Georgia Tech) 6-3
Alex Brown/Caleb Chakravarthi (Illinois) def. Carlos Divar/Joseph Gandolfo (Georgia Tech) 6-4
Aleks Kovacevic/Kennan Mayo (Illinois) def. Brandon Freestone/Phillip Gresk (Georgia Tech) 6-1
Vuk Budic/Zeke Clark (Illinois) def. Zummy Bauer/Pablo Schelcher (Georgia Tech) 6-2