Oct. 15, 2017
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech men’s tennis fell in tough outings in the third day of the ITA Southeast Regional Presented by Oracle on Sunday afternoon.
Elijah Melendez battled in one of the day’s thrillers out on the Byers Tennis Complex courts. Taking on No. 6 seed Peter Bertran of USF, the two battled back and forth throughout the first set, with Bertran able to walk away with the 6-4 win. In the second, senior Melendez clawed his way back into the match, taking the set 7-6(1). Melendez was unable to outlast Bertran in the end, however, ultimately falling in the deciding third set, 6-1.
Junior Phillip Gresk saw his fine weekend come to a close after winning three matches in qualifying to make it to the main draw, where he also picked up a victory. He fell in the Round of 32 in a tough 7-5, 6-1 decision to UCF’s No. 16 seed, Mikhail Sokolovyskiy.
Sophomore Carlos Divar dropped a hard-fought set, 6-2, 7-5 to Georgia’s Wayne Montgomery, while senior Michael Kay also battled tough with Florida State’s No. 4 seed, Guy Iradukunda. Iradukunda took both sets by less than three, 6-4, 7-5, to advance.
In main draw doubles action, ninth-seeded Divar and Kay went toe-to-toe with Florida State’s No. 6-seeded team of Guy Iradukunda and Alex Knaff in an Atlantic Coast Conference showdown. The two teams battled in a see-saw affair until reaching a seven-all tie, where the Jackets unfortunately couldn’t hang on, falling 7-3 in the breaker.
Georgia Tech men’s tennis returns to the courts in two weeks at the Birmingham Futures. The three-day event will begin in Birmingham, Ala., on Oct. 28.