Sept. 30, 2017
TULSA, Okla. – Georgia Tech men’s tennis had strong showings early in the ITA All-American Championship when two of its five pre-qualifying singles players won out day one on Saturday, Sept. 30 in Tulsa. Four of five Yellow Jackets picked up wins on the day.
Chris Yun took on Austen Huang from Columbia and took the match handily before going up against Joe Tyler of Iowa, where Yun once again walked away with a victory, 6-2, 6-0. Elijah Melendez also made it to the Round of 64, downing Texas A&M’s Kevin Lam in an impressive come-from-behind 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 victory. Melendez then toppled Will Matheson of Columbia, 6-4, 6-3 to advance to day two.
Michael Kay also won in his three-set thriller, taking on Vidit Vaghela of Buffalo and downing him, 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-2, before ultimately falling to Filip Kraljevic, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Phillip Gresk battled Scott Paz of Eastern Washington, taking the match. 3-6, 6-1, 6-1. In the Round of 64, Gresk fell in a tough one to Notre Dame’s Guillermo Cabrera, 6-2, 7-6 (3). Brandon Freestone fell in his first match to Chris Patzanovsky of Memphis (6-1, 6-0) after a first-round bye.
Melendez is scheduled to take on Middle Tennessee’s Gonzalo Raschiatore on Sunday, Oct. at 9 a.m. eastern before Yun is slated to battle Luke Hammond of Oklahoma State at 11:30 a.m. eastern.