April 15, 2009
ATLANTA – The seventh-seeded Georgia Tech men’s tennis team will face 10th-seeded North Carolina State in the first round of the 2009 ACC Championships Thursday at 12 p.m. in Cary, N.C.
“We are looking forward to the ACC tournament because it is the time when a team can get hot and make a run,” head coach Kenny Thorne said. “We know we have work our work cut out for us in the first round against N.C. State, but we are ready to get going.”
Winners of four of their last five matches, the Jackets (10-10, 5-6 ACC) locked up the No. 7 seed heading into the conference tournament with a 7-0 win over North Carolina last Sunday. Sophomore Guillermo Gomez, who is currently on a four-match win streak, picked up his 27th win of the season as he defeated 36th-ranked Clay Donato of UNC 6-1, 6-4 at No. 1.
Gomez, currently the 11th-ranked singles player in the nation, currently leads the team in wins and has matched his win total from the 2008 season. Sophomore Eliot Potvin is second on the team in wins with 22, nearly double his total of 12 from one year ago.
The Jackets will look to advance past the first round for the first time since the 2005 season, while facing the Wolfpack for the second-straight year at the championships. NC State defeated Tech in the first round of the 2008 ACC Championships in a close 4-3 match. Tech triumphed over N.C. State earlier this season by a score of 6-1.
The Pack head into the championships with a 9-14 overall record, going 3-8 in ACC play. Led by senior Jay Weinacker’s 19 wins, NC State is looking to snap a seven-match losing streak after falling to top-ranked Virginia last Saturday.
Tech is currently ranked No. 43 in the Campbell’s/ITA national rankings. Live stats will be available for Thursday’s match at www. RamblinWreck.com.