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Jackets Collect First ACC Win Over FSU, 4-3

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TALLAHASSEE, Fl. – Andres Martin won a clutch third set tiebreaker against Loris Pourroy to help give Georgia Tech its first ACC win of the 2021 season over Florida State in a 4-3 nail bitter at Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center on Sunday afternoon.

FSU (3-5, 0-2 ACC) got out to an early lead after clinching the doubles point, as courts one and three went into tiebreakers after Tech (6-3, 1-1 ACC) fell on court two. Alex Knaff/Sebastian Arcila beat No. 31 Marcus McDaniel/Pablo Schelcher in a closely contested 7-6 (2) battle, giving FSU a 1-0 advantage heading into singles play.

Despite the setback in doubles the Yellow Jackets got off to a hot start in singles as Schelcher won court four 6-2, 6-3, to tie it up at 1-1.

McDaniel followed suit as he defeated No. 77 Knaff on court one 6-2, 7-5. He remains undefeated in dual match singles with an 8-0 record.

With Tech up 2-1 Chen Dong, the lone true freshman on the squad, collected his fourth dual match singles win this year in a 6-3, 1-6, 6-2, showing against Andreja Petrovic on court six. All four of Dong’s dual match singles victories have come on court six.

Down 3-1 the Seminoles answered back taking courts three and five. The match came down to a third set tiebreaker on court two as No. 59 Martin topped Porroy in a 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (6) showing. It was tied up at six-all during the tiebreaker before Martin gained the upper hand scoring two consecutive points to move the Jackets to 6-3 overall on the year.

Georgia Tech now has a .714 (35-14) win percentage in dual match singles, with a perfect 9-0 record on court two in singles.

The Yellow Jackets return to the court on Friday, Feb. 26 as Tech plays host to Duke at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex. First serve is slotted for 3 p.m. (EST).

Singles competition:
1. Marcus McDaniel (M-GT) def. #77 Alex Knaff (FS) 6-2, 7-5
2. #59 Andres Martin (M-GT) def. Loris Pourroy (FS) 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (8-6)
3. Richard Thongoana (FS) def. Keshav Chopra (M-GT) 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
4. Pablo Schelcher (M-GT) def. Sebastian Arcila (FS) 6-2, 6-3
5. Marcus Walters (FS) def. Brandon McKinney (M-GT) 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
6. Chen Dong (M-GT) def. Andreja Petrovic (FS) 6-3, 1-6, 6-2

Doubles competition:
1. Alex Knaff/Sebastian Arcila (FS) def. #31 Marcus McDaniel/Pablo Schelcher (M-GT) 7-6 (7-2)
2. Loris Pourroy/Marcus Walters (FS) def. Brandon McKinney/Keshav Chopra (M-GT) 6-4
3. Chase Wood/Bryn Nahrung (FS) vs. Andres Martin/Chen Dong (M-GT) 6-6 (10-9), unfinished

Match Notes:
Georgia Tech 6-3, 1-1
Florida State University 3-5, 0-2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (4,1,6,3,5,2)

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