April 13, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Freshman Luke Rassow-Kantor picked up the match clinching victory to help snap the No. 52 Georgia Tech men’s tennis team’s nine-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over No. 57 Maryland on Friday. The Jackets (6-14, 3-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) earned their third ACC victory of the season and first since a March 7 win at Clemson.
Rassow-Kantor, a freshman from Westport, Conn., defeated Nickolai Nielsen in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4, to earn the deciding point for the Jackets. The match was tied at three when Rassow-Kantor put away the Terrapins (10-9, 2-8 ACC). .
In doubles play, juniors David North and George Gvelesiani fell to the Terrapins top team of Andrew Orban and Boris Fetbroyt, 8-3. Senior Zach Rath and junior Scott Blackmon took the second doubles match with an 8-5 win over Trey Taylor and Michael Coleman. The Jackets picked up the doubles point after senior Eric Molnar and Rassow-Kantor were able to hold off Maryland’s Nicolas Frayssinoux and Scott Fink 9-8 (8-5).
With the doubles point in hand, the Jackets looked to stay ahead of their opponent, though Blackmon fell at the No. 3 spot 7-5, 7-6 (7-2) to Orban. Rath gave the lead back to the Jackets with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Fink at the No. 4 position. Freshman Austin Roebuck tried to maintain that lead but could not overcome Boris Fetbroyt at the No. 6 spot. Roebuck was able to capture the first set but ultimately fell 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 7-5.
The Terrapins took a 3-2 lead when Tech junior Jose Muguruza, playing in the No. 1 position, fell 2-6, 6-0, 7-6 (7-3) to Fryssinoux. Molnar would tie the match once again after he defeated David Kwon, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, from the No. 2 position. Rassow-Kantor would then close out the match with his victory.
The Jackets continue their road trip on Sunday, when they travel to Boston College to face the Eagles at 11 a.m. in the final regular season match of the season. Tech defeated the Eagles last year in the first ever meeting between the schools.
Georgia Tech vs MarylandApr 13, 2007 at COLLEGE PARK, Md.
#52 Georgia Tech 4, #57 Maryland 3
Singles competition 1. Nicolas Frayssinoux (MD) def. Jose Muguruza (GATECH) 2-6, 6-0, 7-6 (7-3) 2. Eric Molnar (GATECH) def. David Kwon (MD) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 3. Andrew Orban (MD) def. Scott Blackmon (GATECH) 7-5, 7-6 (7-2) 4. Zach Rath (GATECH) def. Scott Fink (MD) 6-4, 6-3 5. Luke Rassow-Kantor (GATECH) def. Nickolai Nielsen (MD) 6-1, 6-4 6. Boris Fetbroyt (MD) def. Austin Roebuck (GATECH) 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 7-5
Doubles competition 1. Andrew Orban/Boris Fetbroyt (MD) def. David North/George Gvelesiani (GATECH) 8-3 2. Eric Molnar/Luke Rassow-Kantor (GATECH) def. Nicolas Frayssinoux/Scott Fink (MD) 9-8 (8-5) 3. Zach Rath/Scott Blackmon (GATECH) def. Trey Taylor/Michael Coleman (MD) 8-5
Match Notes: Georgia Tech 6-14; National ranking #52 Maryland 10-9; National ranking #57 Order of Finish Doubles: 1, 3, 2 Singles: 3, 4, 6, 1, 2, 5