GaTech regains form, sweeps Miss St.
No. 48 Spir clinches team victory with come-back win at No. 2
Georgia Tech Athletics
ATLANTA -- No. 22 Georgia Tech picked up wins at the top three singles positions following a sweep in doubles en route to a 4-0 victory against No. 34 Mississippi State (1-2) on Saturday at the Bill Moore Tennis Center. The Jackets improve to 4-1 on the season with the win.
Georgia Tech struck early after winning every match in doubles competition for a 1-0 lead. Georgia Tech’s No. 3 tandem of Guillermo Gomez and Dean O’Brien improved to 5-0 in dual match play after an 8-5 dispatch of Mississippi State’s Malte Stropp and Louis Cant.
On court two, Eliot Potvin and Ryan Smith would clinch the point soon after with an identical 8-5 win against the Bulldogs’ Artem Llyusin and Zach White.
Tech’s eighth-ranked duo of Juan Spir and Kevin King would complete the sweep at No. 1, surviving a gripping match with George Coupland and James Chaudry. Spir and King notched out a win in extra sets 9-8 (5) against the Bulldog pair.
“We had numerous challenges throughout the day and we always responded with a strong heart,” GT coach Kenny Thorne added. “I believe we are getting better every day at doubles and our teams are very comfortable and experienced.”
The Jackets took the first three singles matches, starting off with Potvin at No. 3, to clinch the match. Potvin quickly dismantled Malte Stropp in straight-sets 7-5, 6-2 to end his two-match losing streak.
“It was a really good match for me to bounce back with after a rough time on the road last weekend,” Potvin said. “We were happy just to get back home and play Mississippi State, and everyone came out ready to play and was fired up after our win in doubles.”
Gomez was the next Tech player to claim a victory, dropping Coupland at the No. 1 position. Gomez, ranked No. 12 in the nation, improved his record to 4-1 during the dual match season.
The biggest win of the day came at the No. 2 position, as Spir clinched the match after falling 6-3 in the first set to Llyusin. The Medellin, Colombia native bounced back for a 7-6 (8) extra-set win in the second set, before clinching the match with a 6-3 win in the third. Spir, ranked No. 48, is now 4-1 in dual match play.