Benito Downs Ranked Foe on Opening Day of MLK Invitational
Freshmen Carlos Benito and Cole Fiegel Stay Unbeaten this Spring
Jan. 18, 2014
THE FLATS - The first day of the Tech-hosted MLK Invitational saw the home team score some impressive wins against the Rebels of Ole Miss. Yellow Jacket freshman Carlos Benito of Madrid, Spain, defeated William Kallberg--ranked the 54th singles player in the nation--in straight sets (6-3, 6-4), at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex in Atlanta.
Benito's victory came on the back of his third consecutive doubles win this spring. He and partner Eduardo Segura, a junior also from Madrid, defeated the Ole Miss pairing of Nik Scholtz and Johan Backstrom 6-5 in a thrilling 11-9 tiebreak.
Meanwhile, freshman Cole Fiegel continued his own hot streak with a 6-3, 6-2 singles win over Vinod Gowda. Feigel also partnered with sophomore Anish Sharma to defeat the Rebels' Gowda and Zach Wilder 6-2 in doubles play.
Tech's other doubles team, comprised of sophomores Nathan Rakitt and Casey Kay, had a thrilling match of their own against Kallberg and Stefan Lindmark. Though they fell in a 8-6 tiebreak, their 6-5 loss to the 51st-ranked doubles team in the nation was their first of the spring.
The tournament will resume Sunday morning with matches between Georgia and Ole Miss. Tech will face Memphis Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. and Georgia on Monday, also at 1 p.m.
MLK Invitational Jan 18-20, 2014 at Atlanta, Ga. (Ken Byers Tennis Complex)
Doubles competition 1 Ian Chadwell/Johnny Grimal (Memphis) def. Austin Smith/Nick Wood (Georgia) 6-2 1 Hernus Pieters/Ben Wagland (Georgia) def. David O'Hare/Joe Salisbury (Memphis) 6-3 1 Connor Glennon/Cedric DeZutter (Memphis) def. Nathan Pasha/Garrett Brasseaux (Georgia) 6-2 2 Eduardo Segura/Carlos Benito (Georgia Tech) def. Nik Scholtz/Johan Backstrom (Ole Miss) 6-5 (11-9) 2 William Kallberg/Stefan Lindmark (Ole Miss) def. Nathan Rakitt/Casey Kay (Georgia Tech) 6-5 (8-6) 2 Anish Sharma/Cole Fiegel (Georgia Tech) def. Vinod Gowda/Zach Wilder (Ole Miss) 6-2
Tournament notes Matches played at 9AM and 1PM Saturday, Sunday and Monday Matches played indoors