Sept. 21, 2013
Charlottesville, Va. – Georgia Tech’s Nathan Rakitt won a pair of matches on Friday to move into the semifinals of his flight at the UVA Ranked+1 Invitational.
In his first competitive action of the fall, the Tech sophomore from Marietta, Ga., knocked off Albert Wagner of Louisville, 6-4, 6-3, then rallied from a first-set loss to defeat NC State’s Simon Norenius, 2-6, 7-5, 6-2, Friday afternoon. The 7th seed will meet 66th-ranked Andreas Bjerrehus of Virginia Tech at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Freshman Carlos Benito lost in the opening round of the unranked draw, 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, to Wake Forest’s Sam Bloom, then captured a consolation match over Memphis Cedric DeZutter, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.
The tournament, which has become one of the top tournaments in the nation each fall, features four singles draws and four doubles draws. Georgia Tech is one of 15 schools to have players competing at this year’s tournament. Binghamton, Elon, George Washington, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, Memphis, Michigan, NC State, North Carolina, UNC Wilmington, Virginia, VCU, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest will all send competitors to the event.