Feb. 19, 2017
THE FLATS — Georgia Tech men’s tennis (5-2) handed South Carolina (8-1) its first loss of the season with a 6-1 victory on Sunday afternoon. The No. 22/18 Jackets played outside for the first time this season, advancing to 5-2 on the year.
Next weekend Tech hosts Furman and The Citadel on Saturday, Feb. 25 in a doubleheader at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex.
Singles Update: Senior Cole Fiegel grabbed the first singles win for Tech, winning in straight sets over Alex Fennell, 6-2, 6-4. He remains undefeated on the season. Chris Yun dropped his match to Andrew Schafer, 6-1, 6-3 to bring the Gamecocks within one. Senior Carlos Benito pushed the Jackets lead to 3-1 with a 6-2, 7-5 victory on court three over Thomas Mayronne. Sophomore Andrew Li clinched the win for the Jackets with a 7-6, 7-5 rout of Harrison O’Keefe. Christopher Eubanks scored the fifth point with a 7-6, 6-3 decision over Gabriel Friedrich. Freshman Carlos Divar grabbed the last point for the Jackets with a 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory over Yancy Dennis.
Doubles Update: Tech took the doubles point, winning on courts one and two. Carlos Divar and Carlos Benito finished first on court two, quickly taking their match over O’Keefe and Dennis, 6-2. Andrew Li and Fiegel dropped their first match of the season on court three, 6-2, to Friedrich and Jubb. Eubanks and Michael Kay clinched the doubles point for the Jackets with a 6-4 win on court one.
Head coach Kenny Thorne says: “It was nice to win at one and two doubles today. Cole [Fiegel] and Andrew [Li] have been doing a great job at three and when you’re playing only one set, you’re going to take some losses so it’s good to get different guys stepping up in the doubles. As always you look to carry the momentum into the singles and we did a great job of that. South Carolina is a good team and they do a great job competing so as soon as you get knocked down a bit it comes down to who’s going to get back up and I felt like we did a great job of that today. We finished strong.”