Jackets Get Back on Track With 6-1 win over NC State
Tech wins five singles and two doubles matches on the day
March 29, 2009
The Georgia Tech men's tennis team won two doubles and five singles matches en route to a 6-1 victory over NC State Sunday at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.
"We have played a very tough schedule this season, and I think this match showed that we have not given up," head coach Kenny Thorne said. "If we can get Guillermo [Gomez] playing well again, I think we will be in great shape."
The Jackets (7-9, 2-5 ACC) won the doubles point for the second straight match, with wins at No. 1 and No.3.
Down 5-3 with the serve, Tech's No. 1 duo of Guillermo Gomez and Ryan Smith rattled off five straight game winners to clinch the point for the Jackets with an 8-5 win. After clinching the doubles point for Tech against Wake Forest on Friday, Eliot Potvin and Austin Roebuck gave the Jackets momentum early with an 8-1 victory over NC State's Rob Lowe and Justin Jendruch at the No. 3 position. The Wolfpack's Jay Weinacker and Jamie Pulgar defeated Doug Kenny and Kevin King at No. 2, the Tech had already taken doubles.
The Pack would tie the score at 1-1 to start singles play, as Jay Weinacker defeated Gomez at No. 1, 6-4, 6-1, before Tech capitalized on back-to-back wins from Smith and King at No. 5 and No. 4. Smith defeated State's Akash Gujatati 6-2, 6-3 before King triumphed over Derek Stephens 6-3, 6-2 to extend the lead to 3-1.
Sophomore Miguel Muguruza clinched the match for Tech soon after with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Christian Welte at the No. 2 position. The victory for Muguruza was his 15th of the season, seventh in dual match play.
Potvin won his 19th match of the season with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Pulgar at No. 3 to extend Tech's lead to 5-1. In just his fifth match of the dual season, Roebuck held strong at No. 6 with a 3-6, 7-6 (5), 1-0 (10-7) win over David Chermak to close out the match. The two played the third set as a 10-point tiebreak due to Tech having already clinched the match. Roebuck is now 4-1 in dual match play.
The Jackets return to action against Maryland next Friday in College Park, Md. First serve is slated for 3 p.m.
Tennis Match Results.
#57 Georgia Tech 6, #38 North Carolina State 1
Singles competition 1. #65 Jay Weinacker (NCST) def. #12 Guillermo Gomez (GT) 6-4, 6-1 2. Miguel Muguruza (GT) def. #96 Christian Welte (NCST) 6-3, 6-1 3. Eliot Potvin (GT) def. Jaime Pulgar (NCST) 7-5, 6-4 4. Kevin King (GT) def. Derek Stephens (NCST) 6-3, 6-2 5. Ryan Smith (GT) def. Akash Gujarati (NCST) 6-2, 6-3 6. Austin Roebuck (GT) def. David Chermak (NCST) 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 1-0 (10-7)
Doubles competition 1. #61 Guillermo Gomez/Ryan Smith (GT) def. Christian Welte/Julian Sullivan (NCST) 8-5 2. #79 Jay Weinacker/Jaime Pulgar (NCST) def. Doug Kenny/Kevin King (GT) 8-4 3. Eliot Potvin/Austin Roebuck (GT) def. Rob Lowe/Justin Jendruch (NCST) 8-1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,5,4,2,3,6)