Feb. 16, 2014
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech rebounded from a tough loss Friday night to whip Old Dominion, 5-2, in the opener of a Sunday men’s tennis double-header at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex.
Scratching out the doubles point was the only real drama for the 46th-ranked Yellow Jackets, who improved to 5-1 this spring. The Monarchs dropped to 6-2.
Tech won the doubles point after its No. 2 and 3 teams needs tiebreakers to complete their matches. The Jackets No. 1 team of Eduardo Segura and Carlos Benito won easily, 6-2, to remain unbeaten this spring. Freshmen Cole Fiegel and Will Showers lost their tiebreaker, 7-2, in court 3, but Casey Kay and Nathan Rakitt finished off the Monarchs’ Dante Terenzio and Zvonimir Podvinski, 7-4, minutes later.
The Jackets went on to get straight-set wins from Segura at court 3, Fiegel at court 5 and Showers at court 6 to clinch the match. Segura, a junior, defeated Dante Terenzio, 6-2, 6-2, to improve to 4-2 this spring, while Fiegel, a freshman, got by Darragh Glavin, 6-3, 6-2, improving to 5-1. Showers, a freshman, earned his first collegiate victory with a 6-1, 6-3 decision over Koen Wiggemans.
Carlos Benito earned Tech’s fifth point with a 6-5, 6-2 win over Jonas Kuwert at the No. 2 position, improving his record to 4-1 this spring. Nathan Rakitt lost on court one to 44th-ranked Carlos Lopez Villa in three sets, and Casey Kay dropped a three-set match to Zvonimir Podvinski at No. 4.
Tech faces The Citadel in the back half of Sunday’s double-header at 5 p.m.
#46 Georgia Tech 5, Old Dominion 2Feb 16, 2014 at Atlanta, Ga. (Ken Byers Tennis Complex)
Singles competition 1. #44 Carlos Lopez Villa (ODU) def. Nathan Rakitt (GT) 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (10-5) 2. Carlos Benito (GT) def. Jonas Kuwert (ODU) 6-5 (7-3), 6-2 3. Eduardo Segura (GT) def. Dante Terenzio (ODU) 6-2, 6-2 4. Zvonimir Podvinski (ODU) def. Casey Kay (GT) 6-5, 5-6 (3-7), 1-0 (10-8) 5. Cole Fiegel (GT) def. Darragh Glavin (ODU) 6-3, 6-2 6. Will Showers (GT) def. Koen Wiggemans (ODU) 6-1, 6-3
Doubles competition 1. #15 Carlos Benito/Eduardo Segura (GT) def. Carlos Lopez Villa/Jonas Kuwert (ODU) 6-2 2. Casey Kay/Nathan Rakitt (GT) def. Dante Terenzio/Zvonimir Podvinski (ODU) 6-5 (7-4) 3. Darragh Glavin/Koen Wiggemans (ODU) def. Cole Fiegel/Will Showers (GT) 6-5 (7-2)
Match Notes Old Dominion 6-2 Georgia Tech 5-1; National ranking #46 Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,5,6,2,1,4) Match played indoors