March 31, 2016
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech puts its unbeaten home record on the line this weekend when the Yellow Jackets host 67th-ranked Miami and Boston College this Friday and Sunday at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex.
THE SCENE – Admission is free to both matches – Miami at 5 p.m. Friday and Boston College at noon Sunday – and parking is available to fans in the McCamish Pavilion lot. The matches expected to be played outdoors with a weather forecast of no rain and high temperatures near 70 degrees. Tech is offering free pizza to the first 150 fans in attendance, and a raffle for Tech students for many prizes.
TEAM UPDATE – Georgia Tech (12-5, 5-2 ACC), No. 31 in this week’s Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, is off to its best conference start since 2011. The Yellow Jackets split their two matches last weekend, dropping a 5-2 decision on the road to No. 20 Florida State and defeating No. 46 Notre Dame by the same score Sunday at home. Tech remains undefeated at home this season at 7-0.
The Hurricanes are 7-9 overall and 2-4 in the ACC, having defeated Florida State at home (4-3) and Boston College on the road. The Eagles, 3-12 overall and 0-7 in the ACC, have been shut out four times in conference play and visit Clemson Friday before coming to Atlanta.
SINGLES UPDATE – The Yellow Jackets are led at the top of their lineup by 6-foot-7 sophomore Christopher Eubanks (Atlanta, Ga.), is No. 11 in the ITA rankings this week with a 13-2 dual match record and a 6-1 ACC mark. His only losses have come to players ranked No. 20 and No. 11, both on the road.
Junior Carlos Benito (Madrid, Spain) has won eight of his last 10 matches playing at the No. 2 position, and is 5-2 in ACC competition. Head coach Kenny Thorne has shuffled players at the other four positions, most recently elevating junior Cole Fiegel (Alachua, Fla.) to the No. 3 position and sophomore Daniel Yun (Marietta, Ga.) to No. 4. The Jackets have been strong at No. 5, where freshman Andrew Li (Hong Kong) is 8-7 this spring, and No. 6, where senior Nathan Rakitt (Marietta, Ga.) has won eight straight decisions and is 9-2 this spring, 5-2 in ACC matches.
DOUBLES UPDATE – Tech has won the doubles point in 13 of 17 contests, including both matches last weekend when the Yellow Jackets’ No. 1 team of Casey and Michael Kay knocked off a pair of top-15 teams from Florida State and Notre Dame and have won four straight matches. The No. 2 team of Benito and Eubanks are 10-2, and the third team of Rakitt and Li is 9-5.
HEAD COACH Kenny Thorne SAYS – “We get to stay home all weekend for the first time in our ACC schedule playing Miami and Boston College. Miami is a tough team who beat FSU this season, and Boston College lost a close match to Miami. We need to continue to be consistent in what we bring each match in order keep moving up. We have things to improve from last match so that is our focus. Keep getting better is always the goal.”
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