Jackets Excel in Doubles, Struggle in Singles in Fall Invitational Tennis

Oct. 3, 2009


Georgia Tech won all three of its doubles matches Saturday on the opening day of the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational at the Bill Moore Tennis Center, but the Yellow Jackets struggled in singles, winning just one of one of nine matches on the day.

In the A doubles draw, juniors Miguel Muguruza and Ryan Smith defeated Kosta Blank and Kinshuk Sharma of UNC-Wilmington, 8-1. Freshman Magin Ortiga and senior Austin Roebuck teamed up to defeat Nick Maurillo and Michael Wardell of Auburn, 8-5, and junior Doug Kenny combined with hard-serving freshman Juan Spir to down Romain Bocaert-Christian Kuehne of South Alabama, 8-4, to complete the doubles sweep.

“This was really our first opportunity to play, and we’ve been focusing on that a little more,” said head coach Kenny Thorne. “We came out and played solid doubles, Ryan and Miguel pkayed a good match and worked wll together. It was nice for Juan and Magin to get their first college wins in doubles.”

Thorne watched three of his four division A singles entrants bow out in the first round, however, and the fourth retired with cramps in the round of 16. Junior Ryan Smith captured the lone victory with a 6-3, 6-7 (11) 6-1 win over Georgia State’s Martin Shishkov, but he fell hours later to Clemson’s Gera Boryachinskiy, 7-6 (11), 1-0 when he cramped up twice.

Miguel Muguruza, who lost in three sets in the first round to Rok Bijzak of Clemson, lost his second in a walk-over to Georgia’s Will Oliver when he also suffered cramps.

Roebuck and Ortiga each lost in straight sets in their division A first-round matches then dropped consolation matches, while Doug Kenny dropped a straight-set match in the first round of the main draw in division B.

“We’ve got some work to do in figuring out our singles this fall with the guys in this tournament,” Thorne said.

Sunday’s schedule begins with consolation singles matches at 8 a.m., followed by main draw singles at 9:30 a.m. Quarterfinal and semifinal matches will be played in A & B singles, and quaterfinals matches will be played in A & B doubles. Finals in both singles divisions will be played Monday, as will semifinal and finals matches in both doubles divisions.


Eliot Potvin won his first-round pre-qualifying match in the D’Novo/ITA All-American Championships Saturday in Tulsa, Okla., defeating Jack Roux of USC-Upstate in three sets, 7-6, 1-6, 10-8 in the third-set tiebreaker. The junior from Hampden, Maine will need to win twice Sunday in order to advance to the qualifying rounds.

GEORGIA TECH FALL INVITATIONAL TENNISSaturday, October 03, 2009Bill Moore Tennis Center

Georgia Tech Results

A Singles Round of 32 Rok Bizjack (Clemson) def. Miguel Muguruza, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-2 Tyler Droll (Furman) def. Magin Ortiga, 3-6, 7-6 (7), 7-5 Ryan Ybarra (UNC-Wilmington) def. Austin Roebuck, 7-5, 7-5 Ryan Smith def. Martin Shishkov (Georgia State), 6-3, 6-7 (11), 6-1

A Singles Round of 16 Gera Boryachinskiy (Clemson) def. Ryan Smith, 7-6 (4), 1-0 (ret.)

B Singles Round of 16 Tanner Brown (Lipscomb) def. Doug Kenny, 7-5, 6-2

A Singles Consolation Will Oliver (Georgia) def. Miguel Muguruza, w/o (inj) Jordan Walters (Furman) def. Magin Ortiga, 6-3, 6-4 Will Beck (Virginia Tech) def. Austin Roebuck, 6-7 (6), 6-3, 7-5

A Doubles Round of 16 Magin Ortiga-Austin Roebuck def. Nick Maurillo-Michael Wardell (Auburn), 8-5 Doug Kenny-Juan Spir def. Romain Bocaert-Christian Kuehne (South Alabama), 8-4 Miguel Muguruza-Ryan Smith def. Kosta Blank-Kinshuk Sharma (UNC-Wilmington), 8-1


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