No. 15 GT stings No. 22 Auburn
Spir’s three-set victory at No. 2 singles clinched team win
AUBURN, Ala. – Georgia Tech’s 15th-ranked men’s tennis team received singles wins from Kevin King, Eliot Potvin and Juan Spir on top of wining the doubles point to take its fourth consecutive match on Sunday with a 4-3 win against No. 22 Auburn at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.
Tech improved to 7-1 this season, winning on the road for the second time on an SEC opponent’s court. Auburn fell to 5-2.
The Jackets got back on the winning track in doubles after dropping the point a week ago in a win against Georgia, getting wins at No. 1 from 18th-ranked Juan Spir and Kevin King -- 8-6 against Tim Puetz and Daniel Cochrane -- and at No. 3 from Guillermo Gomez and Dean O’Brien -- 8-3 against Luca Lopasso and Michel Monteiro.
Kevin King claimed a 6-2, 6-4 win against Rafael Rondino at No. 4 singles, and after Guillermo Gomez dropped a straight-set match to Puetz at No. 1, Potvin defeated 96th-ranked Tim Hewitt 6-3, 6-4, to give the Jackets a 3-1 lead.
Juan Spir, ranked 35th nationally, clinched the match for Tech with a three-set win against Alex Stamchev at No. 2.
“It was a pure team effort today,” said Tech coach Kenny Thorne. “We had a lot of variables to deal with today being our first outdoor match, different courts and on the road. Our guys dealt with things like champions.
"Auburn is a good team and fought back into the match after we went up 3-1 in matches. But we kept the pressure on them and kept fighting. I know our team got tougher today. All team members are contributing with all their heart and that is our strength.”