March 12, 2011
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech, which has won eight consecutive matches following a three-match homestand this week, goes on the road Sunday to resume its Atlantic Coast Conference schedule at 34th-ranked Miami. The match begins at 2 p.m. at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.
Tech, ranked 16th in the nation, is 10-1 overall, having won twice this week against William & Mary and Illinois State following a 6-1 win over Florida State in its first conference match last Sunday.
“Every match and especially every away match in the ACC is tough,” said head coach Kenny Thorne. “We have taken pride in winning on the road and that must continue. Miami has a good team and I expect it to be a good battle. “
The Hurricanes had won four straight matches in the series with Tech before the Yellow Jackets won a 4-3 decision last spring in Atlanta.
TECH UPDATE: Two Georgia Tech players are ranked among the top 50 in the nation in singles in this week’s ITA rankings – No. 1 singles player Guillermo Gomez is ranked No. 16, and No. 2 player Juan Spir is No. 50. The Yellow Jackets’ doubles team of Kevin King and Juan Spir are ranked No. 15.
All-American Gomez has won four straight matches to improve his record to 9-2 in the spring, 20-6 overall, and give the senior from Alicante, Spain, 105 career singles victories, seven shy of Thorne’s career mark of 112. Spir played at No. 1 for Tech in the two midweek matches, splitting them to snap a personal four-match winning streak. He is 8-2 in the spring, 19-6 overall.
Spir and King are 8-2 in doubles matches this spring, having defeated five ranked tandems out of 23 total victories this year. Gomez and Dean O’Brien, who play No. 3 doubles, have the Jackets’ best spring record at 10-1.
OPPONENT UPDATE: Miami has won four straight matches to improve to 7-3 overall, including a 4-3 win over South Florida in Tampa. The Hurricanes defeated Florida State in their first ACC match, 4-3, on Feb. 26.
UP NEXT: Tech takes 12 days off before hosting NC State and Wake Forest on March 25 and 27.