April 7, 2017
THE FLATS – The fuzz was flying on Friday evening as No. 17 Georgia Tech men’s tennis (14-3, 6-1 ACC) scraped past No. 43 Duke (11-8, 4-4), 4-3 at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex. The Jackets are back on Sunday for a 2 p.m. showdown with No. 40 Louisville.
Singles Update: After the Jackets took the doubles point, the Blue Devils evened the score at 1-1 as No. 102 Catalin Mateas topped Carlos Benito, 6-1, 6-1. Christopher Eubanks regained the lead for Tech at 2-1 as he blew past Spencer Furman in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4. The Blue Devils responded with a win over Daniel Yun at the six position, 6-1, 6-4 to knot it up at 2-2. Duke took its first lead of the match as Cole Fiegel fell in three to TJ Pura, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4. Freshman Carlos Divar brought it to 3-3 with a win on court four over Nick Stachowiak, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2. Andrew Li stuck it out in the third set to seal with win for the Jackets at 4-3 with a 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-3 rout of Robert Levine.
Doubles Update: The Jackets took the doubles point to take the 1-0 advantage over the Blue Devils. Divar and Michael Kay breezed to a 6-2 win over Ryan Dickerson and Jason Lapidus at the three spot to give the Jackets the advantage in the doubles point. Eubanks and Benito battled hard at the one position, falling to Furman and Stachowiak in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (5). Fiegel and Li clinched the doubles point, taking the tiebreaker 7-6 (4).
Head coach Kenny Thorne says: “We got the doubles point today which was huge for us. Eubanks continues to play well, consistency at that one position is key. I was really proud of the way we battled all the way through the lineup despite the tough conditions with the wind really becoming a factor. Li being able to fight back to get that win for us was huge for a sophomore. Now we’ve got to turn our focus to Louisville on Sunday.”