Hokies upset No. 18 Georgia Tech, 4-3

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BLACKSBURG – The Virginia Tech men’s tennis team was tied with No. 18 Georgia Tech 3-3 before Jason Kros claimed a win in three sets to give the Hokies the 4-3 victory on Saturday afternoon at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center.

The Hokies (10-11, 4-6 ACC) got the day off to strong start, picking up the doubles point to go up 1-0. Kros paired up with Freddy Mesmer on court three to defeat Carlos Divar and Michael Kay 7-5. Georgia Tech won on one 7-5 so the deciding match came down to two where Mitch Harper and Alexandre Ribeiro went into a tiebreak against Cole Fiegel and Daniel Yun before winning it 7-6(4).

The Yellow Jackets (15-5, 7-3 ACC) tied it up in singles with a win at five, but Harper took the match on two 6-1, 6-4 over Carlos Benito to put the Hokies back on top 2-1.

Georgia Tech again knotted it, taking the match at one. The Hokies reclaimed the lead after Henrik Korsgaard battled past Fiegel at four. After dropping the first set 6-1, Korsgaard came back strong, winning the next two 6-3, 6-2.

True to the play of the day, the Yellow Jackets again tied it up following a win at three, bringing the deciding match down to court six with Kros and Chris Yun. Kros gave up the opening set 6-1, but rallied for a back-and-forth second that had the two tied at 5-5 before the Hokies’ player won two games to win it 7-5.

In the third set, Kros was up 2-0 before lightning in the area forced the match indoors. Once play resumed, Yun answered, tying it up at 3-3. The two traded points with Yun serving on top 5-4, but Kros broke to even the score. The Hokies’ sophomore again won two straight to secure the set 7-5, claiming the match and propelling Virginia Tech to the win.

The Hokies will wrap up the regular season next weekend with a trip through Florida. Virginia Tech will face Florida State on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and Miami on Sunday at noon.

Singles
1. #5 Christopher Eubanks (GT) def. #114 Jai Corbett (VT) 6-1, 6-4
2. Mitch Harper (VT) def. Carlos Benito (GT) 6-1, 6-4
3. Carlos Divar (GT) def. Alexandre Ribeiro (VT) 7-5, 6-4
4. Henrik Korsgaard (VT) def. Cole Fiegel (GT) 1-6, 6-3, 6-2
5. Daniel Yun (GT) def. Freddy Mesmer (VT) 6-3, 6-1
6. Jason Kros (VT) def. Chris Yun (GT) 1-6, 7-5, 7-5
Order of finish: 5,2,1,4,3,6

Doubles
1. Benito/Eubanks (GT) def. #60 Corbett/Korsgaard (VT) 7-5
2. Harper/Ribeiro (VT) def. Figel/D. Yun (GT) 7-6(4)
3. Kros/Mesmer (VT) def. Divar/Michael Kay (GT) 7-5
Order of finish: 3,1,2

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