Oct. 21, 2016
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Georgia Tech men’s tennis grabbed nine wins in day two of competition at the ITA Regionals in Tallahassee on Friday. The singles round of 32 and round of 16 will be played on Saturday along with the doubles round of 16.
Singles Update: The Yellow Jackets kicked off the day with three victories in singles matches to send Cole Fiegel, Elijah Melendez and Daniel Yun into the main draw. Fiegel topped Florida’s Stephen Madonia, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4. Melendez took his match in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5. Daniel Yun was victorious over Kennesaw State’s Manuel Castellanos, 6-2, 7-5.
In the first round of the main draw, Daniel Yun fell to Florida State’s Terrance Whitehurst, 6-2, 6-4. Michael Kay dropped his match against Jefta Kecic (North Florida), 6-4, 6-2. Freshman Chris Yun fell in his first round match to the No. 1-seeded and No. 16-ranked Wayne Montgomery, 6-3, 6-0. Andrew Li secured a first round win against Vadym Kalyuzhnyy, 7-6(5), 6-3. Carlos Benito grabbed a win for the Jackets with a 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-3 rout of North Florida’s Sahil Deshmukh. Miami’s No. 58-ranked Christian Langmo topped Cole Fiegel, 6-1, 6-3. Elijah Melendez fell to No. 76 Chase Perez-Blanco, 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-2.
Doubles Update: The pair of Benito and Melendez and the tandem of Kay and Li received first round byes in the doubles main draw. The Yun brothers advanced to the second round in their first outing together with an 8-2 rout of Florida Atlantic’s Gitin and Jimenez. Cole Fiegel and Phillip Gresk were handed their first loss of the season in a hard fought battle against Miami’s Langmo and Dunlap. Melendez and Benito nabbed a win for the Tech with an 8-3 defeat of Miami’s Flores and Clark. The Kay and Li tandem advanced to the third round of the doubles main draw with an 8-2 rout of Georgia Southern’s Casablancas and Finkelstein.
Head coach Kenny Thorne says: “Cole, Elijah and Daniel did a good job of winning through into the main draw. Andrew played with purpose and beat a quality opponent in the first round of the main draw. He is playing with more confidence every match. Carlos’ opponent was tough to get a rhythm against but Carlos hung in there and played a good third set to make it into the next round. He is starting to play better each tournament. We still have some work to do with this team. The doubles were better but we are going to be more challenged tomorrow. The Yun brothers did a good job holding off a tough Florida State team. We need to finish this tournament strong and we are excited to work hard after this tournament.”
Georgia Tech Results – 10/21
Singles Qualifying Third Round
Cole Fiegel def. Stephen Madonia (Florida), 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
Elijah Melendez def. Diego Finkelstein (Georgia Southern), 6-4, 7-5
Daniel Yun def. Manuel Castellanos (Kennesaw State), 6-2, 7-5
Singles Main Draw First Round
Terrance Whitehurst (Florida State) def. Daniel Yun, 6-2, 6-4
Jefta Kecic (North Florida) def. Michael Kay, 6-4, 6-2
Wayne Montgomery (Georgia) def. Christopher Yun, 6-3, 6-0
Andrew Li def. Vadym Kalyuznyy (South Florida), 7-6(5), 6-3
Carlos Benito def. Sahil Deshmukh (North Florida), 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-3
Christian Langmo (Miami) def. Cole Fiegel, 6-1, 6-3
Chase Perez-Blanco (Florida) def. Elijah Melendez, 3-6. 7-6(4), 6-3
Doubles Main Draw First Round
Yun/D. Yun def. Gitin/Jimenez (Florida Atlantic), 8-2
Langmo/Dunlap (Miami) def. Fiegel/Gresk, 8-6
Doubles Main Draw Second Round
Melendez/Benito def. Flores/Clark (Miami), 8-3
Yun/D. Yun def. Gracia/Whitehurst (Florida State), 8-7(4)
Kay/Li def. Casablancas/Finkelstein (Georgia Southern), 8-2