Sept. 14, 2014
Athens, Ga. – Nathan Rakitt and Christopher Eubanks won a pair of matches Sunday to advance to the Monday championship match of the top doubles division at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships at the Dan MaGill Tennis Center.
Rakitt, a junior from Marietta, Ga., and Eubanks, a freshman from Atlanta, are the third-seeded doubles team in Division I doubles. They knocked off Armstrong Atlantic’s Fernando Bogajo and Pablo Gor, 8-4, in the round of 16, Sunday, then came back to defeat Florida State’s Cristian Gonzalez Mendez and Marco Nunez, 7-5, 6-3, in the quarterfinals. The Seminole duo had eliminated Tech’s Kay and Cole Fiegel in the quarterfinals, 8-6.
The Tech tandem awaits the winner of the other semifinal match between Baker Newman and Ryan Smith of Vanderbilt and Andrew Dromsky and Igor Smelyanski of Tennessee, which was delayed until 12 noon Monday. The championship match is set for 2 p.m.
“Chris and Nathan had two good wins in doubles today,” said Tech coach Kenny Thorne. “They played a few tournaments together over the summer, so I think that is helping. They can be a very good team. Even though we haven’t worked on doubles yet this year, I like what I see from all our guys.”
Kay, from Atlanta, knocked off College of Charleston’s Charlie Ghriskey and Kentucky’s Gus Benson in straight sets Sunday to reach a semi-final match against Hampton Drake at 9 a.m. Monday. Segura, from Madrid, Spain, will meet Georgia’s Peter Bertram at the same time after scoring a pair of straight-set wins Sunday against Will Neuner of Florida Atlantic and Connor Huertas Del Pino of East Tennessee State.
“Michael and Eddie both had very good days today in singles,” said Thorne. “They corrected some mistakes from yesterday and had solid, complete matches today. A lot of our success is going to be hoe clearly we think under pressure. All the guys fight hard, but we want them to fight hard with the right game plan.”
SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIPSDan Magill Tennis Complex, Athens, Ga.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 14 RESULTS
Division I Doubles – Quarterfinals  Christopher Eubanks/Nathan Rakitt (Georgia Tech) def. Fernando Bogajo/Pablo Gor (Armstrong Atlantic), 8-2 Cristian Gonzalez Mendez/Marco Nunez (Florida State) def. Cole Fiegel/Michael Kay (Georgia Tech), 8-6
Division I Doubles – Semifinals  Christopher Eubanks/Nathan Rakitt (Georgia Tech) def. Cristian Gonzalez Mendez/Marco Nunez (Florida State), 7-5, 6-3
Division I Singles – Consolation Simon Pritchard (Kennesaw State) def. Cole Fiegel (Georgia Tech), 6-3, 6-2  Ben Wagland (Georgia) def. #76  Nathan Rakitt (Georgia Tech), 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6) Christopher Eubanks (Georgia Tech) def. Luis Valero (Tennessee), 6-3, 6-4 Carlos Benito (Georgia Tech) def. George Cartledge (Virginia Tech), 6-3, 6-3
MONDAY, SEPT. 15 SCHEDULE
Division I Doubles – Finals  Christopher Eubanks/Nathan Rakitt (Georgia Tech) vs. semifinal winner to be determined, 2 p.m.
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