Sept. 22, 2013
Charlottesville, Va. – Georgia Tech’s Nathan Rakitt fell in straight sets Saturday in the top singles flight at the UVA Ranked+1 Invitational in Charlottesville, while he and teammates Carlos Benito fell in doubles.
The Tech sophomore from Marietta, Ga., seeded seventh in the Orange singles draw, lost 6-1, 6-1 to the third seed, 66th-ranked Andreas Bjerrehus of Virginia Tech. He meets another Hokie, Joao Monteiro, for third place at 10 a.m. Sunday.
Freshman Carlos Benito defeated Louisville’s Alex Gornet, 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (12-10), in a second-round consolation match in the unranked draw has a consolation match scheduled Sunday morning against Sean Weber of NC State.
In the silver doubles bracket, Rakitt and Benito were seeded second and had a first-round bye, but lost in the semifinal round to Louisville’s Sebastian Stiefelmeyer and Van Damrogsri, 8-4. They play for third place in the flight Sunday against VCU’s Alexis Heugas and Nick Jones.
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 all have competitors to the event.