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Jackets Sport Successful Season Debut at USTA Invitational

THE FLATS –  Georgia Tech men’s tennis capped its first tournament of the fall slate this past weekend at the USTA Collegiate Invitational in Nassau, Bahamas. The Jackets’ trip was highlighted by a slew of victories over Auburn and Michigan.

The first round of singles play began on Friday as senior Phillip Gresk took down Michigan’s Gabe Tishman. Sophomore Brandon Freestone grabbed another victory for Tech over Michael Durham of Auburn, taking straight sets. Friday’s action concluded with freshman Cole Gromley battling it out in three sets to win against Michigan junior Nick Beaty.

Doubles matches tipped off Saturday with Andrew Li and Gromley dominating Michigan duo Beaty/Foreman 6-2. Gresk and Freestone also had great performances going 2-0 on the day in doubles action.

Summing up singles play on Saturday, the Jackets secured four victories. Gresk, Freestone and Gromley all finished out the tournament with a 2-0 record in singles.

Head coach Kenny Thorne reflects, “The guys did well winning 10 of 12 total matches, so we were pleased with a good start to the fall season.”

RESULTS – DAY ONE
Singles
Phillip Gresk (GT) def. Gabe Tishman (Mich) 6-2, 6-4
Brandon Laubser (Auburn) def. Andrew Li (GT) 6-2, 6-3
Brandon Freestone (GT) def. Michael Durham (Auburn) 6-3, 6-4
Cole Gromley (GT) def. Nick Beaty (Michigan) 7-6, 2-6, 6-3

RESULTS – DAY TWO
Doubles
Li/Gromley (GT) def. Beaty/Forman (Michigan) 6-2
Gresk/Freestone (GT) def. Maclean/Rodriguez (Auburn) 6-2
Maloney/Brown (Michigan) def. Li/Gromley (GT) 7-5
Gresk/Freestone (GT) def. Laubser/Durham (Auburn) 6-4

Singles
Phillip Gresk (GT) def. Steven Forman (Michigan) 6-1, 7-6
Andrew Li (GT) def. Tim Dollman (Auburn) 6-3, 7-6
Brandon Freestone (GT) def. Siimar (Michigan) 7-5, 6-2
Cole Gromley (GT) def. Tad Maclean (Michigan) 6-2, 6-3

Next up for the Jackets is the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla. Sept. 29-Oct. 8. The full schedule can be found here.

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