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LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Christopher Eubanks, Michael Kay, Nathan Rakitt and Daniel Yun rolled to victories in singles Friday as No. 32 Georgia Tech defeated UC Santa Barbara, 4-1, in the opening round of the NCAA regional at Marks Stadium on the University of Southern California campus.
Tech (17-8) moved on to face the winner of Friday’s later match between host USC (15-6) and Mountain West conference champion UNLV (15-9) at 4 p.m. ET Saturday. The winner of that match will advance to the NCAA Championship round of 16, which begins May 19 in Tulsa, Okla.
The Yellow Jackets fell behind by dropping the doubles point, but 7th-ranked Eubanks and Kay quickly re-claimed the momentum for Tech with straight-set victories on courts 1 and 6. Eubanks downed Nathan Eshmade, 6-2, 6-3, for the Jackets’ first point, and Kay defeated Teague Hamilton, 6-3, 7-5, to put Tech in the lead.
Rakitt earned a 6-4, 6-4 win over Cody Rakela to make it 3-1 in favor of the Yellow Jackets, and Yun finished off the match with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 triumph over Anders Holm on court 4.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Wake Forest men’s tennis team passed its first 2016 NCAA Tournament test on Friday, posting a 4-0 first-round victory over Coastal Carolina outdoors at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.
The sixth-seeded Demon Deacons will face 24th-ranked Michigan on Saturday with a trip to the NCAA Championships on the line. That match will begin at 3 p.m.
The match began with a dominant showing by the Deacons in doubles play. The 79th-ranked pair of Jon Ho and Petros Chrysochos got things started by blanking Nic Planchard and Francesco Migliano, 6-0, at the No. 2 position.
Before Christian Seraphim and Skander Mansouri could close out their match at No. 1, the Deacs’ No. 3 duo of Maksim Kan and Dennis Uspensky pulled away from Luiz Faria and Jabor Al-Mutawa to win, 6-2, and clinch the doubles point.
Wake Forest’s momentum carried from doubles into singles. The Demon Deacons claimed first-set wins on all six courts.
Uspensky became the first to pad the lead as he cruised to a 6-2, 6-0 dispatching of Faria at No. 5. The Deacon freshman leads the team with 27 singles wins on the spring and has now won eight contests in a row.