Dale Long, Director of Sports Information
LAWRENCEVILLE – The top-ranked Georgia Gwinnett College men’s tennis team recorded its third straight dual match sweep with a 7-0 victory against No. 10-ranked Union College (Ky.) on Monday afternoon at the GGC Tennis Facility.
The Grizzlies (5-0) earned two wins at the top of the doubles lineup and six straight-set victories in singles. The team has now won 114 consecutive dual matches.
Sophomore Jose Dugo and freshman Alex Gurmendi collected a 6-2 victory on the No. 2 doubles court. That paved the way for senior Federico Herrera Duran and junior Federico Bonacia to seal the doubles match point by winning the last three game for a 6-3 triumph on the No. 1 court. The Bonacia-Herrera Duran team got a service break to go up 4-3. Bonacia smashed a forehand return to capture the winning point.
The momentum carried over into singles. Senior Mika Kosonen won all 12 games on the No. 4 court to give the Grizzlies a 2-0 advantage in the match. Identical 6-3 set scores for Gurmendi at No. 3 singles secured the third point of the match.
Then, senior Gregor Hutterer was victorious in his spring singles debut with a 6-1, 6-2 win on the No. 6 court – for the match-clinching point. Freshman Max Bertimon recorded a 6-2, 6-4 triumph at No. 2 singles before Dugo registered a 6-1, 6-3 win at the top of the singles lineup.
Making another spring debut, junior Valentino Caratini rounded out the singles winners with a 6-4, 6-2 victory on the No. 5 court.
“It was a good win over a top-10 ranked team. It was good that we were able to get some new players into the singles lineup. Now, we get a couple of days to prepare for the next part of our season,” head Coach Chase Hodges said.
Georgia Gwinnett College is scheduled to host Florida National University on Monday, Feb. 24, at 9 a.m. from the GGC Tennis Facility.