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Men's Netters Host Pair of Ranked Foes

ATLANTA (Feb. 22) — Georgia Tech’s 63rd-ranked men’s tennis team ends a 10-day layoff and returns to action against a pair of ranked opponents this week at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.

The Jackets (1-4 overall) host 65th-ranked Georgia State at 2 p.m. Wednesday and 62nd-ranked Vanderbilt at 1 p.m. Sunday. Georgia State and Vanderbilt will mark the sixth straight matches Tech has played against ranked opponents.

“Georgia State and Vanderbilt are both good teams,” said Tech head coach Kenny Thorne. “They are teams that are ranked right around us, so they are big matches. Georgia State has improved quite a bit from last year. They have just about everybody back and have also picked up some good players. Vanderbilt is probably a little down from where they have been this year, but they will still be a challenge for us.”

Thorne hopes his Jackets are at full strength in both matches this week. Freshman Roger Anderson (Pietermitzburg, South Africa) is recovering from a sprained ankle suffered in practice last week. Anderson has a 15-5 singles record and a team-leading .750 winning percentage.

“Hopefully we will have Roger at full strength,” Thorne said. “We need him in order to have a good chance of winning. Roger has shown quite a bit of leadership as a freshman. He is very talented and has the ability to play some very good tennis. He is still a little immature with his game, but he defenitely has some promise.”

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