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@GT_MTEN Opens MLK Invitational

Jan. 15, 2016

THE FLATS – The Georgia Tech men’s tennis team split four doubles matches and eight singles matches against competitors from No. 19 Ole Miss on Friday night. The competition marked the beginning of the MLK Invitational, which is hosted by Georgia Tech at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex. The event is a round robin with no team scores or winners.

Chris Eubanks continued his stellar 2016 season with a comfortable singles win against Mississippi’s Stephan Lindmark by a score of 6-4, 6-1. Cole Fiegel had a solid day, winning both his singles match (7-5, 3-6, 6-2 vs. Fabian Fallert) and his doubles match alongside Casey Kay (6-1 vs. Vinod Gowda and Ricardo Jorge).

Head coach Kenny Thorne liked the way that his team adjusted to some new doubles matchups.

“Michael Kay had a sore arm and did not compete tonight, but he’s okay,” Thorne said. “It’s kind of afforded us the opportunity to play different teams (in doubles) and see how they play. That’s going to happen throughout the season. I think Chris (Eubanks) and Carlos (Benito) played well. They’re a good doubles team.”

“Overall, Mississippi’s a tough team, and we got out of it what we wanted because we had some long, hard-fought, tough matches. Cole (Fiegel) did a great job of coming through, and Andrew (Li) did a good job of hanging in there and almost getting a very good win. He showed that he can compete at the highest level in college right now. We’ve got work to do, but it was a good, long day and we got out of it what we needed.”

Tech tennis players will continue the MLK Invitational when they face competitors from No. 2 Oklahoma Saturday at 2 p.m.

Singles competition
Filip Kraljevic (Mississippi) def. Andrew Li (Georgia Tech) 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 7-5
#6 Christopher Eubanks (Georgia Tech) def. Stefan Lindmark (Mississippi) 6-4, 6-1
Grey Hamilton (Mississippi) def. Casey Kay (Georgia Tech) 6-4, 6-4
Carlos Benito (Georgia Tech) def. Ricardo Jorge (Mississippi) 6-3, 6-4
Gustav Hansson (Mississippi) def. Nathan Rakitt (Georgia Tech) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
Cole Fiegel (Georgia Tech) def. Fabian Fallert (Mississippi) 7-5, 3-6, 6-2
Daniel Yun (Georgia Tech) def. Vinod Gowda (Mississippi) 7-5, 7-6 (7-1)
Zvonimir Babic (Mississippi) def. Elijah Melendez (Georgia Tech) 5-7, 6-4, 6-2

Doubles competition
Nathan Rakitt/Andrew Li (Georgia Tech) def. Gustav Hansson/Stefan Lindmark (Mississippi) 6-4
Grey Hamilton/Fabian Fallert (Mississippi) def. Elijah Melendez/Daniel Yun (Georgia Tech) 6-3
Filip Kraljevic/Zvonimir Babic (Mississippi) def. Christopher Eubanks/Carlos Benito (Georgia Tech) 7-6 (7-3)
Cole Fiegel/Casey Kay (Georgia Tech) def. Vinod Gowda/Ricardo Jorge (Mississippi) 6-1

ABOUT GEORGIA TECH MEN’S TENNIS
Georgia Tech’s men’s tennis team is in its 18th year under head coach Kenny Thorne. The Yellow Jackets have played in the NCAA Championship 15 times. Connect with Georgia Tech Men’s Tennis on social media by liking their Facebook page, or following on Twitter (@GT_MTEN). For more information on Tech men’s tennis, visit Ramblinwreck.com.

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