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Georgia Tech Defeats Clemson, 4-3

March 4, 2009

CLEMSON, South Carolina – Number 11th-ranked Guillermo Gomez defeated Carlos Alvarez 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 at number one singles in clinching the match and giving Georgia Tech a 4-3 win over Clemson in a men’s Atlantic Coast Conference tennis match at Clemson, SC Wednesday afternoon.

The match was played indoors at Clemson’s Hoke Sloan Tennis Center. With the win the Yellow Jackets improve to 5-4 this season and 1-0 in the ACC. Clemson falls to 6-5 this season and 0-2 in league play. Georgia Tech is ranked 58th nationally as a team and Clemson is ranked 68th.

Georgia Tech clinched the doubles point as Miguel Muguruza and Austin Roebuck of Georgia Tech defeated Kevin Galloway and Robert Pietrucha at number three doubles 9-7.

In singles play, Clemson evened the score 1-1 when Gera Boryachinskiy defeated the Yellow Jackets’ Kevin King 6-2, 7-5 at number two singles.

Georgia Tech went up 2-1 in the match when Eliot Potvin defeated the Tigers’ Rok Bizjak 7-6, 6-4 at number three singles.

Muguruza defeated Galloway at number four singles 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 to give Georgia Tech a 3-1 advantage.

The Jackets clinched the match as Gomez defeated Alvarez at the number one position. Gomez is ranked number 11 nationally in singles play. Alvarez was up 4-3 in the third and final set, but Gomez won the next three games to clinched the match for the Yellow Jackets giving Georgia Tech a 4-1 lead in the contest.

Kevin Fleck defeated the Yellow Jackets’ Dusan Miljevic at number five singles 6-1, 7-5 and Ike Belk of Clemson defeated Ryan Smith 6-2, 6-4 at number six singles making the final score 4-3, in Georgia Tech’s favor.

“It was a hard fought match and a tough loss, but I continue to be encouraged by this team,” said Clemson Head Coach Chuck McCuen.

“I think we are on the tip of becoming a very good team and a tough competitor in this conference. We need to continue to work hard and encourage each other. We have another tough match coming up with Florida State on Saturday.”

This was the 49th meeting between Clemson and Georgia Tech on the tennis courts. Clemson leads the series 26-23. The series started in 1925. The Yellow Jackets have won the last three meetings between the two schools by identical 4-3 scores.

The 2009 season marks the 100th year of men’s tennis at Tigertown. Clemson first sponsored men’s tennis in 1910 when two Tiger tennis players entered the annual state tournament. The first dual match was played in the 1921 season as the Tigers defeated Wofford 2-0 on April 28, in Spartanburg, SC.

Clemson will play host to ACC-foe Florida Sate on Saturday, March 7, at 1:00 p.m. in the Tigers’ next action.

Georgia Tech 4, Clemson 3Doubles 1. Guillermo Gomez-Ryan Smith (GT) d. Carlos Alvarez-Rok Bizjak (CU) 8-3 2. Gera Boryachinskiy-Wes Moran (CU) d. Doug Kenny-Kevin King (GT) 8-6 3. Miguel Muguruza-Austin Roebuck (GT) d. Kevin Galloway-Robert Pietrucha (CU) 9-7 Order of finish: (1, 2, 3)

Singles 1. Guillermo Gomez (GT) d. Carlos Alvarez (CU) 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 2. Gera Boryachinskiy (CU) d. Kevin King (GT) 6-2, 7-5 3. Eliot Potvin (GT) d. Rok Bizjak (CU) 7-6, 6-4 4. Miguel Muguruza (GT) d. Kevin Galloway (CU) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 5. Kevin Fleck (CU) Dusan Miljevic (GT) 6-1, 7-5 6. Ike Belk (CU) Ryan Smith (GT) 6-2, 6-4 Order of finish (2, 3, 4, 1, 6, 5)

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