Senior David North
April 17, 2008
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. - Senior David North and freshman Miguel Muguruza both won their singles matches in straight sets but the ninth-seeded Georgia Tech men's tennis team (13-12) fell to No. 8 seed N.C. State by a tight 4-3 margin in the first round of the 2008 Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament at Sanlando Park.
The Yellow Jackets took an early 1-0 lead over the Wolf Pack after picking up wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles positions. North and Eliot Potvin took advantage of early breaks and went on to beat the NC State duo of Derek Stephens and Jay Weinacker, 8-2. In the top position, No. 42 Scott Blackmon and Ryan Smith followed suit and won an 8-3 decision over Christian Welte and James McGee to clinch the doubles point.
Muguruza pushed Tech's lead to 2-0 with a 7-5, 6-3 win over State's David Chermak in the No. 6 singles spot. N.C. State came back to take the lead with wins in the No. 4, 3 and 5 singles positions. North fought through a first set tiebreaker to win 7-6 (9-7), 6-3 on court two over Nick Cavaday to even the match at 3-3.
This put the fate of the match on the result of the top singles match between No. 51 Guillermo Gomez and No. 56 James McGee of NC State. Gomez took the first set in a tiebreaker, but McGee evened it with a 7-5 win in the second set. Both players exchanged breaks early in the third set and continued to hold serve until McGee broke serve to go up 5-4. He was able to hold serve and finish off the win 6-7 (7-5), 7-5, 6-4.
With the loss, the Jackets will now have to wait to see if they will earn an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament.
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