Men’s tennis sweeps both GA. Southern, Upstate

The men’s team won its second double-header in a row, sweeping Ga. Southern and USC Upstate in both matches, 7-0.

The Jackets first played USC Upstate. The teams of Scott Blackmon and Ryan Smith, Guillermo Gomez and George Gvelesiani and David North and Eliot Potvin were all victorious in their doubles matches by an identical score of 8-2.

In singles play, every player won in straight sets. Gomez bested Sandy Franz with a 6-0, 6-4 win. North, Potvin, Blackmon and Miguel Muguruza also easily won their matches. While Ryan Smith won in straight sets, he was pushed to the limit in both of them, beating Jack Roux 7-6(7-4), 7-6(9-4).

Later in the day, Tech took on Ga. Southern.

Tech continued their dominance in doubles, with the team of Gomez and Potvin shutting out Mark Paetz and Gregory Bekkers. The other teams also fared well, with Blackmon and Smith beating Emmanuel Nkouleue and Borja Malet winning 8-3 and North and Muguruza completing the point with the 8-6 victory over Philip Prins and Matthew Sands.

The team performed even better than their last match in singles, dropping a combined 20 games in the five matches.

Blackmon beat Ga. Southern’s Prins 6-0, 6-1. Muguruza had the same score against Mark Paetz. Doug Kenney wasn’t able to repeat the same score, but still curised to victory with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Magafurov. David North and Austin Roebuck collected the other two points and helped to ensure that Ga. Southern didn’t get a point.

“I thought the guys fight was good and their composure was good. A couple of matches were pretty close but we played to win. That’s what I’ve been asking of these guys. We have a tough match next Sunday against Miss. State. It’s going to be a very competitive match and the guys are looking foward to it,“ Head Coach Kenny Thorne told

The Jackets will spend much of their time in Atlanta for the next couple of weeks until they face Ga. State. They next face Miss. State on Sunday at 12 p.m. Other opponents include Auburn, Furman and South Carolina. Florida State will be their first road test.