Men’s, women’s tennis open spring play – Technique

The men’s technical tennis team kicked off the 2022 spring season over the MLK weekend, hosting the MLK Invitational at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex. Tech took part in the three-day invitation each afternoon, taking on Columbia, Illinois and North Carolina.

Tech’s Marcus McDaniel and Andres Martin, the country’s number three in doubles, won their match 6-3 against Columbia’s Alex Kotzen and Hugo Hashimoto. Tech’s Keshav Chopra and Pablo Schelcher also won their doubles against Columbia’s Alex Finkelstein and Max Westphal.

Tech had three singles wins against Columbia, with Chen Dong, Keshav Chopra and Marcus McDaniel winning their respective matches on day one. Chopra beat his opponent, Hugo Hashimoto, who is number 87 nationally.

Tech saw one win in doubles and four wins in singles on the second day of the invitation. Schelcher and Chopra were Tech’s doubles winners, beating their Illinois opponents 6-2.

Chopra took another ranked player win by beating Kweisi Kenyatte of Illinois, who is number 116 nationally. Andres Martin, the highest-ranked singles player in the ACC and the No. 9 singles player nationally, defeated Illinois’s Alex Brown, No. 113.

Dong defeated Hunter Heck and McDaniel defeated Gabrielius Guzauskas, each giving them their second singles win of the weekend.

Tech ended the invite on a high note, winning all of their matches on Monday. Chopra won his singles against Ben Gollin of North Carolina, which earned him the singles title. Andres Martin also won his singles against Jayden Templeman of Columbia.

In doubles, Martin and Dong beat Mac Kiger and Peter Murphy of North Carolina 6-3. Chopra and Schelcher won their third doubles of the weekend 6-3 against Columbia’s Ben Gollin and Hugo Hashimoto to take the doubles title.

The ACC named Chopra the ACC Men’s Tennis Player of the Week after his undefeated performance at the invitation.

Tech men’s tennis will host Georgia State at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex on January 21.

Tech women’s tennis kicked off their spring schedule at the Carolina Kickoff hosted by South Carolina, which also featured Auburn and Wake Forest. Going into this tournament, the ITA National Ranking Committee released the Preseason Coaches Poll, which ranked Tech’s women’s team at number 12 and Auburn at number 25.

The round robin-style tournament was originally scheduled to feature one round of singles and doubles on January 14, two rounds of doubles and one round of singles on January 15, and a final round of singles action on January 16. Bad weather changed the schedule so that the tournament would end on Saturday, January 15, with teams playing one round of singles and one round of doubles.

On the first day of the tournament, Tech won five singles. Gia Cohen, Monika Dedaj, Rosie Garcia Gross, Mahak Jain and Kate Sharabura all took victories against South Carolina. In doubles, Sharabura and Carol Lee won 6-3 against Ariana Arsenault and Selin Ovunc against Auburn.

The tournament concluded on Saturday with Tech taking five wins in singles and one win in doubles. Carol Lee, at number 85, beat Anna Campana of Wake Forest, who is at number 75. Jain, Cohen, Marsh and Sharabura also took singles wins against Wake Forest. Lee and Sharabura won their doubles 6-3 against Anna Brylin and Brooke Killingsworth of Wake Forest, who form the number 2 ranked doubles team in the country.

After the tournament, Sharabura was named ACC Freshman of the Week, winning four of her five matches at the tournament. Tech women’s tennis hosts Georgia Southern at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex on January 22.

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