Oct. 31, 2014
Orlando, Fla. – Georgia Tech’s Eduardo Segura and Carlos Benito advanced to the semifinals of the B draw Friday in the 2014 USTA Collegiate Clay Court Invitational presented by VISIT FLORIDA at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando.
The Tech duo, ranked 20th in the nation, won their second straight match by a, 8-6 score over Oliver Gingras and Tuki Jacobs of South Alabama. They move into a semifinal match at 3 p.m. Saturday against Eric Johnson and Rob Bellamy of Southern California. Tech’s other doubles team of Cole Fiegel and Michael Kay was eliminated by USC’s Max Vroome and Nick Crystal by the same score of 8-6.
All four Tech players were eliminated in singles on Saturday as well. Segura reached the round of 16 before falling, defeating Hunter Koontz of Virginia Tech in a tight three-set match, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5. In the round of 16, he lost to the Trojans’ Bellamy, a top-16 seed, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
In the round of 32, Kay lost to top-16 seed Joao Monteiro of Virginia Tech, 6-4, 6-2, while Fiegel dropped a 6-3, 6-0 decision to Max Hinnisdaels of Auburn and Benito was downed by Chase Perez-Blanco of Florida, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.
“Our guys fought hard and took some tough losses today,” said Tech assistant coach Derek Schwandt. “I was especially happy with how much heart Eddie showed and how he pushed through seven sets of physical tennis today. He beat a very solid player in Hunter Koontz this morning.”
The third annual event, hosted by Florida State University at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Disney World in Orlando, Fla., features men’s and women’s singles and doubles competitions comprised of players from 39 different schools.
Schedule of play for men:
Saturday WWOS: Doubles A – Quarterfinals; Doubles B – Semifinals; Singles A – QF/SF; Singles B – Semifinals
Saturday GC: Consolations
Sunday WWOS: Doubles A – SF/Finals; Doubles B – Finals; Singles A/B – Finals
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