Men's Tennis

Tech Falls at South Carolina, 6-1

GoJackets Nathan Rakitt has won four straight singles matches since the dual season began.
Nathan Rakitt has won four straight singles matches since the dual season began.

Feb. 2, 2013


Columbia, S.C. - Freshman Nathan Rakitt scored a three-set victory at No. 4 singles, but that was the only point Georgia Tech could muster Saturday as the 65th-ranked Yellow Jackets dropped a 6-1 decision to No. 47 South Carolina in men's tennis at the USC Field House.

Rakitt, from Marietta, Ga., remained undefeated in dual match play this spring (4-0), rallying from an opening set loss to defeat Kyle Koch, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

By the time, however, the Gamecocks (5-2) had already clinched the match, winning the doubles point with victories at the No. 2 and 3 positions. Tech's third-ranked team of Juan Spir and Vikram Hundal were not a factor and did not complete their match.

South Carolina made quick work of the Yellow Jackets once singles play began, capturing three points with straight-set wins. Tsvetan Mihov disposed of Spir, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 1 while Thiago Pinheiro defeated Vikram Hundal, 6-1, 6-4, at No. 3, and Chip Cox took down Juan Melian, 6-4, 7-5, at No. 2.

After Rakitt earned his victory for Tech, Eduardo Segura lost a three-set match to Harry Menzies at No. 5, and freshman Anish Sharma lost in straight sets to Ben Barnette.

Tech returns to action next Friday against 6th-ranked Georgia, a match that begins at 4 p.m. at the new Ken Byers Tennis Complex.

Tennis Match Results
Feb. 2, 2013 at Columbia, S.C. (USC Field House)
#47 South Carolina 6, #65 Georgia Tech 1

Singles competition
1. Tsvetan Mihov (SC) def. #32 Juan Spir (GT) 6-1, 6-2
2. Chip Cox (SC) def. Juan Melian (GT) 6-4, 7-5
3. Thiago Pinheiro (SC) def. Vikram Hundal (GT) 6-1, 6-4
4. Nathan Rakitt (GT) def. Kyle Koch (SC) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
5. Harry Menzies (SC) def. Eduardo Segura (GT) 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 1-0 (10-8)
6. Ben Barnette (SC) def. Anish Sharma (GT) 6-2, 6-1



Doubles competition
1. #3 Vikram Hundal/Juan Spir (GT) vs. Chip Cox/Tsvetan Mihov (SC) no result
2. Kyle Koch/Harry Menzies (SC) def. Juan Melian/Nathan Rakitt (GT) 8-4
3. Ben Barnette/Thiago Pinheiro (SC) def. Eduardo Segura/Garrett Gordon (GT) 8-2

Match Notes:
Georgia Tech 2-3; National ranking #65
South Carolina 5-2; National ranking #47
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (1,3,2,4,6,5)

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