March 26, 2015
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech’s men’s tennis team is back home this weekend to continue its Atlantic Coast Conference schedule against Louisville Friday and also hosts neighboring Kennesaw State on Sunday at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex.
MATCH INFORMATION – Admission is free for both matches, Louisville at 4 p.m. Friday and Kennesaw State at 12 noon Sjnday. Parking is available along Fowler Street and in the McCamish Pavilion lot. All ACC matches are played with AD scoring and doubles matches are played to eight instead of six.
TEAM UPDATES – Georgia Tech (10-5, 3-2 ACC) split its two ACC matches on the road last weekend, defeating Boston College, 7-0, and dropping a 6-1 decision at No. 32 Notre Dame, yet re-entered the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings this week at No. 73. Louisville (17-4, 3-2 ACC) is ranked No. 23, the highest-ranked ACC team the Yellow jackets have faced this season. The Cardinals have defeated Notre Dame and No. 10 North Carolina in conference play. Kennesaw State, 5-8 overall pending a match against North Florida on Thursday, has faced five of the same opponents as Tech – Georgia Southern (W), Mercer (L), Miami (L), Tennessee Tech (W) and Stetson (L) – and the Jackets went 5-0 against those teams.
Tech has split a pair of patches previously with Louisville, last meeting in 2004, and this is the teams’ first encounter as ACC members. The Jackets’ only previous meeting with Kennesaw State was a home-court win in 2013.
SINGLES UPDATE – Freshman Christopher Eubanks (Atlanta, Ga.) and junior Nathan Rakitt (Marietta, Ga.) remain listed in this week’s ITA rankings, Eubanks at No. 73 and Rakitt at No. 107. Eubanks has played the last few conference matches at No. 1 and has a 4-3 record at that position, 12-5 overall this spring, while Rakitt is 1-2 at No. 2. Sophomore Carlos Benito (Madrid, Spain) is playing No. 3, where he has a 3-1 mark, 14-3 overall this spring. Sophomore Cole Fiegel (Alachua, Fla.) is 12-3 in dual matches and 6-3 in the 4 and 5 positions, where he has spent most of his time, and freshman Michael Kay (Alpharetta, Ga.) has a 7-6 dual-match mark playing those same two positions. Senior Eduardo Segura (Madrid, Spain) remains Tech’s top singles winner for the year at 24-9, and has a 9-4 mark in dual matches, most recently occupying the No. 6 position.
Tech has been able to count on getting points from the No. 5 and 6 spots, where the Jackets are 24-5 this spring, and the Jackets are 21-9 between the 2 and 3 positions.
DOUBLES UPDATE – Tech has won the doubles point in 11 of 15 matches this spring. No. 1 team Benito and Segura are 9-4 in their dual-match decisions this spring and stand No. 58 nationally in the ITA rankings. Eubanks and Michael Kay are 7-4 together playing at No. 2, and Fiegel and junior Casey Kay (Atlanta, Ga.) have played Tech’s last four matches at the No. 3 spot.
HEAD COACH Kenny Thorne ON LOUISVILLE AND THE STRENGTH OF THE ACC IN TENNIS – “This is one of the easier ones. They’re only ranked 23rd. [The ACC] is very similar to basketball, it’s one of those conference that has gotten better and better. You better man up, and if you don’t, it’s going to be a tough day. But there are opportunities to go out and get a good win, and we’re right there. There’s not that much familiarity (with Louisville), but we know some of the players from recruiting, but not so much since they’ve been in college.”
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