Men’s Tennis Closes Out Play at Southern Intercollegiates

Men's Tennis 2014

The unprecedented run by the Georgia Gwinnett men’s tennis team at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships came to an end on Sunday, and as the dust settled on the campus of the University of Georgia, the Grizzlies finished with an eye-popping nine victories over NCAA Division I opponents, including six over individuals or doubles teams from the Southeastern Conference or the Atlantic Coast Conference.

“We had a really strong showing in the event,” GGC Head Coach Chase Hodges said. “I think Jordan and Luke are going to be a tough out in doubles at the regional, and Lachlan, as a freshman, was really one of the highlights of the weekend. All and all, this weekend was a success for us, and now our goal is to carry it over to New Orleans in two weeks.”

On Sunday, Lachlan McPhee started out with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Clemson’s Fernando Sala to advance to the semifinals of Division III Singles. Sala’s Clemson teammate Christian Harris would avenge him however, handing McPhee his first career loss in 6-3, 6-2 fashion.

In the second flight’s round of 16, Connor Clements fell 6-4, 7-6 (6) to East Tennessee State’s Conner Huertas Del Pino.

The tandem of Jordan Cox and Luke Morland were the last to lose on the day, dropping an 8-1 decision to Baker Newman and Ryan Smith of Vanderbilt in the quarterfinals of Division I Doubles.

The Grizzly men’s tennis team will return to action later this month at the ITA Regionals in New Orleans.

Kaitlyn Richards-Lynn is a senior at Duluth High School. She has been an active member of her school’s Cross Country and Track and Field teams for the past three years. She is also a member of the Gwinnett Student Leadership Team and Student Body Vice President.

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