March 29, 2006
After playing five matches on the road, the No. 32 Georgia Tech men’s tennis team returns home to host two Atlantic Coast Conference matches this week. The Yellow Jackets (6-7, 0-5 ACC) will begin the week facing No. 11 Virginia (13-5, 4-0 ACC) Friday at 2 p.m. followed by a match against No. 49 Virginia Tech (12-7, 3-2 ACC) Sunday at 12 p.m.
The Yellow Jackets and Cavaliers face each other for the 31st time in school history, with Virgina leading the series between the two schools, 11-20. Tech’s last victory was a 6-1 win during the 2002 season.
“We have another weekend of matches against really good opponents,” said head coach Kenny Thorne. “The match against Virginia is a great opportunity to win against a team ranked 11th in the nation. They were preseason No. 1 so they have some firepower, but our guys have played them before and are familiar with their team.”
Sunday Tech will turn its attention to the Hokies, who stand at 1-1 against the Yellow Jackets, including its only win against the Jackets during the 2005 season.
“Virginia Tech beat us 4-3 last year and it came down to the last set in the last match,” said Thorne. “Our guys are excited to play them here this year and they will be bringing a strong team. They have had some close losses but played well all year.”
“We are back home and thankful to be here,” said Thorne. “We are ready to get on the right track and we are focused to do so this weekend and our guys will be ready to compete.”
Both matches are free to the public and will be held at the Bill Moore Tennis Center with livestats available at www.ramblinwreck.com.