ATLANTA (March 14) – Georgia Tech men’s tennis team comes off an impressive 3-1 record last week to face arch-rival Georgia at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon in Athens. Georgia (7-5, 2-1 SEC) comes into the match ranked 23rd, while the Jackets (5-6, 2-1 ACC) are at No. 63.
Head Coach Kenny Thorne said that the team’s win over N.C. State combined with a tough loss to Duke has given the Jackets the confidence that they need going into this week’s match. He hopes that the Georgia match will help carry them in to the rest of the ACC season.
“We need to be very focused going in,” Thorne said. “We are getting in to ACC play. Everyone else is seeded higher, but they are beatable. We are right there with those teams.”
Junior Jason Jeong (Woodstock, Ill.) should help the Jackets after returning from a battle with mononucleosis, which contributed to a 3-11 start. The Jackets will also look to junior Sergio Aguirre (Atlanta, Ga.) in the no. 1 singles spot to continue his three-match winning streak which has brought his record to 12-10. The new doubles pair of freshman David Wright (Guayaquil, Ecuador) and freshman Roger Anderson (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa) won both of their matches over the weekend and should help the Jackets in winning the doubles’ point.
“We’re going to be ready.” Thorne said of Wednesday’s match. “We are going to play our hearts out.”