Oct. 5, 2004
Chattanooga, Tenn. – Sophomore Zachary Rath and the Yellow Jackets were eliminated from the Icy Hot/ITA Men’s All-American Intercollegiate Tuesday. Georgia Tech’s final competitor, Rath fell 6-3, 6-4 to University of Georgia’s Colin Purcell.
Rath finished the tournament with a 4-2 record on the week. The Montreal, Quebec, Canada native started the week in the pre-qualifying round defeating Joel Reckeway of Nebraska in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2. In the second round of pre-qualifying, Rath knocked off Ben Rogers of Tennessee (7-5, 1-6, 6-4). Rath then dismissed Troy’s Robert Van Swelm in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. In the pre-qualifying Round of 32, Rath was upended by Max Jones from the University of New Mexico, 6-3, 6-4.
Rath made it out of the pre-qualifying rounds as the `Lucky Loser’ and faced seventeenth seed Peter Richman from Louisiana State. Richman took the first set 6-3, before Rath blanked him in the second, 6-0. In the third and final set, with Rath in the lead, Richman retired due to an injury. Rath advanced to the Round of 64 in the qualifying rounds, the only Jacket player to do so.
Tuesday morning, Rath took the court against Colin Purcell of the University of Georgia. Purcell got the better of Rath and eliminated any shot the Yellow Jackets had at winning the tournament.
Rath and the Yellow Jackets return to action this Friday when they host the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational at the Bill Moore Tennis Center. Admission is free and matches begin at 9:00 a.m.