Men’s tennis tops ACC foes BC, UMD

The men’s tennis team won their last two home matches of the season with wins over Boston College and University of Maryland. The Jackets won both matches 6-1.

“It was great to end my career [at Tech] with a win at home…Also in this part of the season it’s important for us to do as well as possible so we can make the NCAA [Championships],” said senior David North.

The Jackets swept the Golden Eagles in the double matches. Senior Scott Blackmon and freshman Ryan Smith defeated Brian Garber and Sam Wagner from Boston College.

Freshman Guillermo Gomez and senior George Gvelesiani topped Erik Kreutzer and Jason Sechrist.

Finally, freshman Eliot Potvin and freshman Miguel Muguruza beat Thomas Nolan and Adam Davison.

Gomez put away Alex Rastorgouev easily defeating him 6-3 in the first set and took the match with a 6-0 victory in the second set. Potvin also defeated his singles opponent Nolan in two sets 6-1, 6-4.

While Blackmon was able to bounce back after losing the first set 1-6 to take the second set 6-3, he came up short in the third set and fell to Sechrist, 6-2. Smith defeated Kreutzer 7-6 in the first set, winning the tiebreaker 7-4 and clinched the match with a 6-3 victory in the second.

Smith’s victory sealed the win for the Jackets. Muguruza topped Davison handedly in two sets 6-1, 6-2. Freshman Doug Kenny came back after falling to Brian Locklear in the first set 5-7 to take the next two sets 7-5 and 10-8.

“It was good to end on a positive note. I played here for four years and it is always best to win the last one,” Blackmon said.

Tech also beat Maryland in their Sunday match up 6-1. Tech swept the doubles matches to take the first team point. Blackmon and Smith defeated Amit Inbar 8-7 after taking the tiebreaker 7-4. Gomez and Gvelesiani topped David Kwon and Michael Coleman 8-2. North and Potvin beat Andrew Orban and Nickolai Nielsen 8-4.

Gomez defeated Inbar after Inbar retired going down 6-0 in the first set. North came back to beat Kwon after he lost the first set 3-6 to take the second and third sets 6-3 6-2. Potvin beat Boris Fetbroyt taking him down in two 6-1, 6-2.

Blackmon took the first set 6-3 against Nielsen, but lost in the second set 7-6. He fell in third set 10-6 (Smith defeated Coleman).

After sweeping the first set 6-0, Smith took the second only after winning the tiebreaker 7-5 which put the set at 7-6. Muguruza bounced back after losing the first set and took the next two sets 6-3, 6-4.

The Jackets look to finish up their season on a high note as they play their last two matches on the road against Duke and North Carolina.

“I’ve been injured in the away matches this season…so hopefully I can contribute more now this coming weekend. We have had some close losses and don’t think there was anything else we could have done about it. We try to do our best at home or on the road,” North said.

“We definitely want to win at least one of those to matches, then we will make the NCAA’s for sure…but even without another win it is still possible to make it” said senior Jose Muguruza.