Oct. 20, 2002
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Georgia Tech senior Roger Anderson and junior Jason Pieters both recorded perfect days in singles competition, before teaming up to capture a doubles draw title to lead the Yellow Jacket men’s tennis team on the final day of competition at the South Carolina Fall Invitational in Columbia, S.C.
Anderson concluded his most successful week of the fall, as he won the “A” Singles draw of the event with a pair of victories on Sunday. He opened the day with a win in the semifinals over Georgia State’s Matias Oruaza in a hard-fought three-set match. Anderson dropped the first set by a 6-3 score, but then rallied to win the next two sets in tiebreakers by scores of 7-6 (5) and 7-6 (2). In the finals, Anderson had little trouble with East Tennessee State’s Diego Iglesias, winning in straight sets by a 6-1, 6-4 score.
Pieters also continued his roll in the consolation bracket of the “B” singles draw. In the finals of that event, the junior faced South Carolina’s Rob Cassidy and was impressive in a straight-set win. Pieters won the first set by a 6-1 score, before blanking Cassidy for a 6-0 second-set victory.
In other singles action, Tech freshman Marko Rajevac reached the finals of the B-3 Singles draw with a win over ETSU’s Frederico Ochoa in straight sets by scores of 7-5 and 6-0. He then fell to Virginia’s Nick Meythaler in straight sets by a 6-3, 6-3 count.
Anderson and Pieters were back at it again in doubles action, as they finished off their run through the A-1 Doubles draw with a win over second-seeded Ben Atkinson and Angleo Niculescu of South Carolina by an 8-4 score.
The Yellow Jackets will be back in action on Wednesday, when they travel to Chapel Hill, N.C. to compete in the ITA Region II Championship. Full tournament results from the South Carolina Fall Invitational can be found at www.uscsports.com.