Feb. 27, 2015
THE FLATS – Looking to recapture some momentum before beginning its Atlantic Coast Conference schedule next week, Georgia Tech hosts a pair of teams – Stetson and Tennessee Tech – Saturday beginning at 12 noon at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex.
MATCH INFORMATION – The Stetson match begins at 12 noon, Tennessee Tech at 5:30 p.m. Admission to the matches is free, but fans are recommended to park at one of the areas listed below. Due to McCamish Pavilion hosting four Georgia high school basketball playoff games Saturday, the arena lot, 8th Street and Fowler Street are closed to fans attending the tennis matches. As a prelude to the beginning of conference play, the matches will be played with AD scoring and doubles matches will be played to eight instead of six.
All lots will be open at 11 a.m.
Family Housing (ER66) will be available for $15
North Deck (W23 off State St.) will be available for $5
Klaus (E40) will be available for $5
Lower Peters (ER52) will be available for $5
Fowler Street from 10th to 6th will be sold as ADA parking for GHSA for $15
At 10 a.m., McCamish (E65) and O’Keefe (E63) will be operated as pass list only for GHSA and participating team parking needs
TEAM UPDATE – Georgia Tech (5-3) has dropped from the ITA rankings after losing three straight matches to ranked SEC teams, all by identical 4-3 scores. Most recently, the Jackets came up short to No. 56 Tennessee at home on Tuesday. Stetson is 3-4 this season and comes to Atlanta following a 4-0 loss to No. 26 Florida State. Tennessee Tech is 1-5, with its only win at Chattanooga, and has a matched scheduled for Friday at East Tennessee State before traveling to Atlanta
SINGLES UPDATE – Tech’s top two players in the lineup are ranked in the ITA top 10 in singles – freshman Christopher Eubanks (Atlanta, Ga.) is No. 57 after building a 7-1 record at the No. 2 position this spring, including a pair of wins over top 20 foes, and junior Nathan Rakitt (Marietta, Ga.) is No. 90 with a 3-3 record at the No. 1 slot. Head coach Kenny Thorne shuffled his lineup for the Tennessee match, bumping freshman Michael Kay (Alpharetta, Ga.) up to the No. 3 spot, where he has a 3-2 mark (4-4 overall), and sophomore Cole Fiegel (Alachua, Fla.) up to No. 4 from the sixth spot after winning seven straight matches. Senior Eduardo Segura (Madrid, Spain) defeated his Tennessee opponent at No. 5 and has a 4-3 mark in dual matches. Sophomore Carlos Benito (Madrid, Spain) played No. 6 against Tennessee and improved to 6-1.
DOUBLES UPDATE – Tech lost the doubles point against Tennessee for only the second time in seven matches. Benito and Segura are 5-2 in their dual-match decisions this spring and stand No. 51 nationally in the ITA rankings. Eubanks and Kay are 4-2, and Fiegel and Rakitt are 2-1, moving between the No. 2 and 3 spots.
HEAD COACH Kenny Thorne SAYS – “”These are the last two matches before ACC season and we have had some tough battles up to now. Double headers are challenging so we have to work on being mentally tough all day which is exactly what we need. We are looking for the guys to compete strong from first to last point of each match.”
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