April 9, 2009
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech men’s tennis team will close out the regular season this weekend, hosting No. 30 Duke Friday at 2:30 p.m. and No. 36 North Carolina Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.
“We are looking forward to the last two matches of the regular season, which are key matches on a few different levels,” head coach Kenny Thorne said. “We have to make a run for an NCAA tournament bid, as well as improve our seeding for the ACC tournament.”
The Jackets (9-9, 4-5 ACC) are currently in seventh-place in the ACC, after winning their third-consecutive match last Sunday with a 6-1 triumph at Boston College. The win was No. 140 of coach Thorne’s career.
Tech has received strong play from the bottom three spots in the lineup, as Freshman Kevin King and sophomore Ryan Smith have put together three-straight singles wins at the No. 4 and No. 5 positions, while junior Austin Roebuck has won four in a row (three in conference play) at No. 6.
The Blue Devils (12-7, 5-4 ACC) come into Friday’s match just one spot ahead of Tech in the conference rankings at sixth-place. The Jackets will look to avenge a close 4-3 loss at Duke just one year ago.
The Tar Heels (14-8, 3-6 ACC) enter the weekend in the three-way tie for eighth-place in the conference standings. They will face Clemson Friday before heading to Tech on Sunday.
“Hopefully we can get some good fan support for the Duke and UNC matches. These have been very close matches in the past, and will be great matches to watch,” Thorne added.
Live results will be available for both matches at www.RamblinWreck.com.