March 12, 2008
ATHENS, Ga. – Playing singles with five freshmen in the lineup, the Georgia Tech men’s tennis team (9-4, 1-2 ACC) fell to No. 3 Georgia (14-1, 4-0 SEC), 7-0, Wednesday afternoon at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the University of Georgia campus.
“We played some pretty good doubles today but our singles was not up to par,” head coach Kenny Thorne said. “I give Georgia a lot of credit; they played very hard and solid. We are going to see what we are made of on Friday because we have to show up against Arizona State.”
The Yellow Jackets opened the day with some good doubles play behind a win at the No. 1 position from Scott Blackmon and Ryan Smith over No. 60 Jamie Hunt and Nate Schnugg, 9-8 (9-7). The Jackets were unable to capitalize as Guillermo Gomez and George Gvelesiani, playing at No. 2 doubles, gave the No. 57 tandem of Javier Garrapiz and Travis Helgeson all they could handle, eventually falling, 9-7, and Doug Kenny and Eliot Potvin dropped their match to Joshua Varela and Christian Vitulli, 8-2, to give Georgia a 1-0 edge.
The Bulldogs owned the singles matches as they swept the Jackets in straight-sets on all six courts. Tech’s Potvin played tough at the No. 3 singles spot against No. 30 Hunt. He dropped his first set but was able to fight in the second eventually falling, 6-2, 6-4.
The Jackets will get right back at it Friday when they host No. 15 Arizona State at 2:30 p.m. at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.
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