THE FLATS – Georgia Tech men’s tennis finished out its second tournament of the fall season on Monday evening. Senior Andrew Li led the Jackets, making it to the first round of the singles qualifying draw at the ITA All-American Championships.
Li won four-straight matches in the pre-qualifying draw to earn a spot in the qualifying draw. He began the tournament defeating Iowa’s Piotr Smietana in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3 in the round of 128. Li continued his run downing Abilene Christian’s Niko Moceanu, 6-3, 6-2 and grabbed his third victory over Tennesee’s Luca Wiedenmann, 6-1, 6-3. The senior secured a spot in the qualifying draw after sliding past Oklahoma’s Matthew Rodriguez, 6-2, 6-2. However, Li then fell to Tulane’s Ewan Moore in three sets, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, in the opening round of the qualifying draw.
Freshman Cole Gromley started the tournament on a good note, defeating Southern Utah’s Jonathan Morales, 6-2, 6-1 in the first round of the pre-qualifying singles draw. Gromley then fell to Illinois’ Noe Khlif, 6-3, 6-2.
Senior Phillip Gresk faced off with Old Dominion’s Jannik Giesse but fell 6-4, 6-2. Sophomore Brandon Freestone was also eliminated in the first round falling to Louisville’s Brandon Lancaster in a hard fought match, 7-6, 7-5.
Next up for the Jackets is the ITA Regional Championships Oct. 17-22, which take place in Athens, Ga., at the University of Georgia.
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