April 6, 2018
RALEIGH, N.C. – In the first of four-straight road matches through North Carolina, Georgia Tech men’s tennis was unable to overcome No. 25 NC State, falling 5-2 on Friday night at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center.
The Yellow Jackets (5-12, 1-6 ACC) were unable to snap their current skid while the 25th-ranked Wolfpack (14-5, 4-4 ACC) won their third-straight conference match.
NC State got out on top early, taking the doubles point ass No. 67 Igor Saveljic and brother, Ivan, downed Elijah Melendez and Chris Yun, 6-1, before Tadas Babelis and Georgiy and Malyshev took down Phillip Gresk and Andrew Li, 6-2, to put NCSU up 1-0.
Once in singles, Georgia Tech was able to make some headway back into the match as C. Yun won his fourth-straight match – three of which in straight sets – defeating Robert Turzak at the No. 6 spot, 7-5, 6-0. Then Gresk grinded out a three-set victory at the No. 3 spot over Babelis after losing the first set 7-6 (6). Gresk fought back in the second to win 7-5 before Babelis retired in the third with the Jacket leading 3-0.
No. 64 Carlos Divar was unable to topple No. 37 Alexis Galarneau, dropping a 6-3, 6-1 decision at the No. 1 court, before Michael Kay had his winstreak snapped, as Igor Saveljic defeated him in a heartbreaker, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3).
Li dropped another three-set battle, as NC State’s Ivan Saveljic won 6-1, 5-7, 6-0, before Malyshev finished the match for the Wolfpack, defeating Melendez, 6-3, 7-5.
The Yellow Jackets will get back at it as they continue through a grueling four-match road trip through the Tar Heel State as they take on No. 1 Wake Forest on Sunday, April 8 at noon.