March 26, 2006
The No. 27 Georgia Tech men’s tennis team fell by a 5-2 score to No. 12 North Carolina Sunday afternoon.With the loss, the Yellow Jackets fall to 6-7, 0-5 Atlantic Coast Conference while the Tar Heels improve to 17-1, 2-1 ACC.
The Tar Heels claimed the doubles point, winning at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. North Carolina started doubles off with a win at No. 1 as the sixth ranked team of Raian Luchici and Brad Pomeroy teamed to beat Marko Rajevac and David North, 8-4. The doubles point then came down to the wire as both line 2 and 3 doubles went into tiebreakers. The Yellow Jackets evened things with a win at No. 3 as Jordan Delass and George Gvelesiani won 9-8 with a 7-4 win in the tiebreaker over Lenny Gullan and Aly Mandour. Soon after, the team of Sebastian Guejman and Derek Porter defeated Tech’s Scott Blackmon and Zachary Rath, 7-5 in the tiebreaker.
North Carolina took a 2-0 lead as No. 10 Luchci easily defeated Rajevac at No. 1, 6-1, 6-2. The lead then became 3-0 as Benjamin Carlotti won at No. 5 over Gvelesiani, 6-4, 6-4. North Carolina clinched the match at No. 3 singles as North fell to Porter in three sets, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1.
The Yellow Jackets then took their first point on the day as Delass came from behind to defeat Pomeroy at No. 2, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2. In the final two singles matches on the day, Blackmon fell to Pyler at No. 6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 while Rath held on to defeat Guejman in three sets at No. 4, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-1.
The Yellow Jackets will return to action Friday when they host Virginia at 2 p.m. at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.