THE FLATS – Georgia Tech’s sophomore Carlos Divar was unable to overcome No. 36 Ryan Peniston of Memphis on Wednesday morning, dropping a 6-2, 6-2 decision in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championships.
In just his second-career NCAA Championships appearance, the Yellow Jackets’ all-ACC selection succumbed to the quick start by Memphis’ Peniston and was unable to battle back ahead.
Divar finishes his sophomore campaign ranked No. 61 in the country in singles with an overall record of 16-18. The Vitoria, Spain native battled a series of nagging midseason injuries that derailed his impressive start – won 12 of his first 15 matches – to the season in the fall that earned him the No. 1 court in the spring. Continuing to fight, Divar won two-straight singles matches in crunch time to help Georgia Tech advance to the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament for the fourth-consecutive year.
Divar will now join teammate Michael Kay in doubles action on Thursday, May 24 as the 20th-ranked duo takes on No. 31 Yancy Dennis and Gabriel Friedrich of South Carolina – a rematch of the Feb. 18 showdown between the two teams where the Jackets emerged victorious.
Streaky in nature this season, the tandem went on two win streaks that equaled four or more matches and are currently riding a three-match hot streak entering the NCAA Tournament.