Clinching the match for the # 21 ranked Jackets was Dean O'Brien, a senior from Benmore, South Africa, playing at # 6 singles. After losing the first set, O'Brien pushed himself to another level to take the next two from Ignacio Toboada in front of a large crowd in Atlanta, GA. His victory made Tech come out on top with a 4-3 dual match score over the Bulldogs.
|O'Brien after winning his match.|
Imagine all the emotions Dean was feeling after clinching the huge upset over the #11 ranked team in the nation!
"I cannot explain the feeling that I have right now," said O'Brien. "It is indescribable. This team has been through a lot of stuff and to be the person to get the win, this was for the alumni, the old boys, for everyone, my teammates and my coach."
Georgia Tech's Head Coach Kenny Thorne was quite pleased with his team's success on the court that day as well.
"These seniors deserve it. They have put so much time and effort into their games and getting this team to gel and this is the fruition of it. All of the seniors need to hold their heads high. They took out Georgia in their senior year and that is something to be said. Georgia has a good team, you have to give them credit, and they fought. That was not a weak Georgia team that was a good Georgia team that we just beat."
After getting this huge upset over the Bulldogs, positive momentum has stuck with the Jackets, which was shown with their 4-3 victory over the Auburn Tigers. Hopefully this win will keep the Jackets in their winning ways and give them inspiration to dominate the ACC conference for the spring 2011 season!
See Dean O'Brien after his thrilling performance: