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Jackets Battle but Fall to No. 14 North Carolina 4-3

March 23, 2007

ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech men’s tennis team (5-9, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) got wins from Jose Muguruza and Eric Molnar at the first and second singles spots respectively, but the team fell 4-3 to No. 14 North Carolina at the Bill Moore Tennis Center on Friday.

The Tar Heels (13-0, 1-0 ACC) struck first by winning the doubles point when No. 62 Taylor Fogleman and Chris Kearney defeated Jordan DeLass and George Gvelesiani, 9-7, from the third spot. The Carolina team of Lenny Gullan and David Stone beat Eric Molnar and Luke Rassow-Kantor, 8-5, in the first spot for the Heels first doubles win. The Jackets picked up a victory as Muguruza and Scott Blackmon knocked off No. 62 Stefan Hardy and Sebastian Guejman, 8-7 (7-4), from the No. 2 doubles slot.

In singles play, freshman Rassow-Kantor dropped his match 6-2, 6-2, to Taylor Fogleman in the fifth spot to give UNC a 2-0 lead. North Carolina jumped ahead 3-0, when Sebastian Guejman defeated senior Zach Rath 6-4, 6-3, in the four spot. Muguruza pulled the Jackets back within two when he defeated No. 46 Benjamin Carlotti 6-2, 0-6, 6-4, in a three-set thriller.

Junior Scott Blackmon gave Tech its second win of the day, when he closed out his match over Karl Wishart in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, from the sixth spot. Chris Kearney clinched the match for Carolina, when he defeated Jordan DeLass 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7-1), at the fourth spot.

Senior Eric Molnar also played three sets, as he defeated Stefan Hardy 7-6, 2-6, 7-5, to close out the day.

The Georgia Tech men’s tennis team continues its weekend homestand this Sunday against another ACC foe, No. 17 Duke, beginning at 1 p.m. as part of a Georgia Tech tennis doubleheader. The women’s team is hosting No. 15 Florida State beginning at 10 a.m. The team will also be having free barbeque for fans attending Sunday’s matches.

Tennis Match ResultsNorth Carolina vs Georgia Tech3/23/2007 at Atlanta, Ga.

#14 North Carolina 4, #42 Georgia Tech 3 Singles competition: 1. Jose Muguruza (GT) def. #46 Benjamin Carlotti (UNC) 6-2, 0-6, 6-4 2. Eric Molnar (GT) def. Stefan Hardy (UNC) 7-6 (10-8), 2-6, 7-5 3. Chris Kearney (UNC) def. Jordan DeLass (GT) 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7-1) 4. Sebastian Guejman (UNC) def. Zach Rath (GT) 6-4, 6-3 5. Taylor Fogleman (UNC) def. Luke Rassow-Kantor (GT) 6-2, 6-2 6. Scott Blackmon (GT) def. Karl Wishart (UNC) 6-3, 6-2

Doubles competition: 1. Lenny Gullan/David Stone (UNC) def. Eric Molnar/Luke Rassow-Kantor (GT) 8-5 2. Jose Muguruza/Scott Blackmon (GT) def. #62 Stefan Hardy/Sebastian Guejman (UNC) 8-7 (7-4) 3. #62 Taylor Fogleman/Chris Kearney (UNC) def. Jordan DeLass/George Gvelesiani (GT) 9-7

Match Notes: North Carolina 12-0, 0-0 ACC; National ranking #14 Georgia Tech 5-8, 2-1 ACC; National ranking #42 Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,4,1,6,3,2)

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