Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Men's Tennis Opens ACC Play With Pouncing of Florida State

The Georgia Tech Men proved to be the stronger team against Florida State in their ACC home-opener as the Jackets pounced on the Seminoles by a 6-1 margin. The match was played on Sunday, March 6th at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.

Senior Elliot Potvin.
Ignoring the wind and the overall cold temperatures, the Jackets got off to a strong start by winning the doubles point. The first tandem to finish off a Seminoles pair was Guillermo Gomez and Dean O'Brien at the #3 slot. They pulled away with an 8-4 win. Following in their footsteps were Tech athletes Juan Spir and Kevin King, who got passed their opponents at the #1 position with another 8-4 performance. Ryan Smith and Elliot Potvin also secured a win at the #2 spot with an 8-5 result.

Florida State didn't let the loss of the double's point phase them at first. At # 5 singles, Seminole Jordan Kelly-Houston quickly passed through Magin Ortiga 6-1, 6-0. However, that is as close as Florida State would get to making the match any closer in the overall team score. Kevin King quickly finished his opponent of at the # 4 slot with an identical 6-1, 6-0 score over FSU's Blake Davis. Senior Dean O'Brien, who provided the clinching point for Tech's win over the University of Georgia a couple weeks ago, edged Anderson Reed 7-5, 6-2 at # 6 to put Tech up 3-1.

The final 3 matches proved to be tougher contests, as Elliot Potvin pulled out a 6-4, 7-4 win at line 3 over Seminole Connor Smith. He clinched the match for the Jackets. #12 ranked Guillermo Gomez and # 50 Juan Spir provided tight victories at #1 and 2 as well, with Gomez winning in a third set 6-2 and Spir winning his second set in a tiebreaker.

The Yellow Jackets will face William and Mary in their next contest on Wednesday at the Bill Moore Tennis Center. The team is seeking their 9th win of the season against the Tribe.


  1. Wow, this match sounds like it was suspenseful.

  2. Your match recaps are well-written and easy to follow. I also like that you don't use a lot of terminology that someone who doesn't follow tennis might not understand.