Four Hokies advance in singles at Georgia Tech Invite

ATLANTA – The Virginia Tech men’s tennis team had a strong opening day at the 2017 Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta, Georgia.

Abraham Asaba advanced in singles, defeating rival Virginia’s Ammar Alhaqbani, 6-2, 7-5. Jason Kros also picked up a first round win in the draw, opening with a 6-1 win in the first set against Georgia State’s Sebastian Acuna. Kros gave up a close second set 5-7 before coming back to win the third 6-4.

Chase Bernstine opened with a battle against Georgia State’s Baily Showers. Winning the first set 7-5, Bernstine was edged by the same margin in the second before rallying to win the third 6-4.

Feliksas Sakalauskas also had a three-set battle for the Hokies in the opening round. The Tech player won the first set 6-4, but host-team Georgia Tech’s Brandon Freestone secured the second 6-4. The two kept it close in the third, but Sakalauskas outlasted to win it 7-5.

The Hokies will be back on the court Saturday with matches slated to begin at 9 a.m.

Abraham Asaba (VT) def. Ammar Alhaqbani (UVA) 6-2, 7-5
Jason Kros (VT) def. Sebastian Acuna (GaSt) 6-1, 5-7, 6-4
Chase Bernstine (VT) def. Baily Showers (GaSt) 7-5, 5-7, 6-4
Feliksas Sakalauskas (VT) def. Brandon Freestone (GT) 6-4, 4-6, 7-5
Quentin Coulaud (GaSt) def. Ryan Kros (VT) 6-2, 6-3
Philip Gresk (GT) def. George Cartledge (VT) 7-5, 6-7(0), 6-2

Cartledge/J. Kros (VT) def. Eddy Nguyen/Olle Thestrup (Auburn) w/o
Sebastian Acuna/Jack MacFarlane (GaSt) def. Cartledge/J. Kross (VT) 8-2

Philip Gresk/Chris Yun (GT) def. R. Kros/Sakalauskas (VT) 8-2
R. Kros/Sakalauskas (VT) def. Michael Durham/Alex Mascioli (Auburn) 8-6
Giles Hussey/Kevin Huynh (GaSt) def. Asaba/Bernstine (VT) 8-6
Asaba/Bernstine (VT) Jefferson Dockter/Ethan Moszkowski (UVA) 8-2

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