April 15, 2005
ATLANTA – Jordan Delass rallied from 5-2 down in the second set to win his match 1-6, 7-5, 6-0 and push No. 35 Georgia Tech past No. 44 North Carolina State by a score of 4-3 on Friday at the Bill Moore Tennis Center. With the win the Jackets improve to 12-8 and 4-5 in ACC while the Wolfpack fall to 15-10 and 2-7 in the ACC.
Tech opened the match by capturing the doubles point by winning at No. 3 and and No. 2. After dropping the first three games, Scott Blackmon and Zachary Rath won eight of the next nine games to win 8-4 at No. 3. Shortly after, Jose Muguruza and Sukhwa Young held on to win 9-7 at No. 2, giving the Jackets the point. In the final doubles match, Nick Cavaday and Will Shaw upset No. 52 David North and Marko Rajevac, 9-8 (7-5) at No. 1 doubles.
In singles play Rajevac continued Tech’s winning ways beating Shaw at No. 3 singles in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. He was followed by teammate Muguruza’s win over Conor Taylor at No. 1 singles 6-2, 6-2. N.C. State tried to rally at the No. 2 singles spot as Cavaday beat North 6-2, 6-4. However, Jordan Delass killed off any hopes of a Wolfpack comeback by rallying from 5-2 down to come back and take the second set 7-5 before finishing off Josip Rospena 6-0 in the final set, for the 1-6, 7-5, 6-0 win at No. 6 singles.
With the match in hand Rath was able to rall back after losing the first set 7-5 to win 7-6 (3) in the second set before falling in a tight 10-7 super tie-breaker in the third at the No. 5 spot. In the final match of the day at the No. 4 position Young battled hard with Iriarte but fell 7-6 (5) and 7-5 in a closely contested match.
The Yellow Jackets will return to action Sunday when they host No. 45 North Carolina in their final home match of the regular season at 2 p.m. at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.
No. 35 Georgia Tech 4, No. 44 North Carolina State 3
Singles Results No. 1 Jose Luis Muguruza (GT) def. Conor Taylor (NCS) 6-2, 6-2 No. 2 Nick Cavaday (NCS) def. David North (GT) 6-2, 6-4 No. 3 Marko Rajevac (GT) def. Will Shaw (NCS) 6-4, 6-3 No. 4 Andre Iriarti (NCS) def. Sukhwa Young (GT) 7-6 (5), 7-5 No. 5 William Noblitt (NCS) def. Zachary Rath (GT) 7-5, 6-7 (3), 10-7 No. 6 Jordan Delass (GT) def.Josip Rospena (NCS) 1-6, 7-5, 6-0* Order of Finish 3,1,2,6,5,4
Doubles ResultsNo. 1 Cavaday/Shaw (NCS) def. Rajevac/North (GT) 9-8 (5)No. 2 Muguruza/Young (GT) def. Iriarte/Banada (NCS) 9-7**No. 3 Blackmon/Rath (GT) def. Schermerhorn/Noblitt (NCS) 8-4Order of finish 3,2,1
*- clinched match **- clinched doubles point -30-