Jackets Off to Virginia for Pair of Weekend Matches

March 19, 2009

ATLANTA – – The Georgia Tech men’s tennis team will travel to the state of Virginia this weekend for a match at No. 21 Virginia Tech Friday at 2 p.m., before facing top-ranked Virginia Saturday at 12 p.m. in Charlottesville, Va.

“We have two big opportunities this weekend, playing the No. 21 team in the country as well as the top-ranked team in the country,” head coach Kenny Thorne said. “We can only help ourselves.”

The Yellow Jackets (6-6, 1-2 ACC) picked up a 5-2 win over non-conference opponent Tennessee Tech Tuesday at the Bill Moore Tennis Center, winning the doubles point for the second-straight match. Sophomore Guillermo Gomez clinched the match for Tech at the No. 1 position with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Dean O’Brien, en route to his 22nd victory of the season. The nation’s 12th-ranked singles player is 6-3 in dual match play, going 2-1 against conference opponents.

Also playing well against the Golden Eagles were freshmen Kevin King and Dusan Miljevic, as King won 6-1, 6-0, while Miljevic did not drop a game in his 6-0, 6-0 triumph.

Despite being 4-2 at home, the Jackets will look to improve on a 1-4 road record.

Virginia Tech is coming off a road-trip to Texas, where it split in matches against No. 38 TCU and No. 7 Baylor. The Hokies defeated the Horned Frogs 4-3, before having their three-match winning streak ended by the Bears in a 6-1 defeat.

The Cavaliers enter the weekend as the nation’s No. 1 with a perfect 18-0 record. Virginia is coming off a 4-3 win over No. 10 Texas Sunday in Austin, Texas.

Live stats for the Virginia Tech match will be available at: VT Live Results.


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