Atlanta, Ga. – Seminole senior Guy Iradukunda and sophomore Alex Knaff advanced into the 2017 ITA Regional Championships quarterfinals in both singles and doubles on day two at the ITA Regional Championships hosted by Georgia Tech. Redshirt senior Jose Gracia is still alive in the consolation bracket.
“It is great to have three guys left with an opportunity to keep moving on and progress,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist.
Iradukunda and Knaff got the first win of the day for the Garnet and Gold in doubles play as they took down ninth-seeded Divar and Kay of host Georgia Tech 8-7(3).
Knaff and Iradukunda both advanced through the singles bracket as well. Iradukunda took down Michael Kay of Georgia Tech in his first match of the day 6-4, 7-5. In his second match, Iradukunda took on 13th seeded Oliver Crawford of Florida. Iradukunda lost the first set 6-1 but came back to win the second and third sets 7-5, 7-5 to advance to the quarterfinals.
“Guy went down a set in his second match today, but was able to fight hard and come from behind,” said Hultquist. “It was a good win and he showed a lot of heart to stay in and come back. He did a really good job hanging in there.”
Knaff had a tough match against ninth seed and No. 88 ranked McClain Kessler of Florida to begin his day. Knaff fell in a hole early after losing the first set 6-4. In the second set, they battled back in forth in the tiebreaker before Knaff pulled away to win 7-6(17), he also captured the third set 6-2.
“Alex had a tough win this morning,” said Hultquist. “He won the second set after a 19-17 tiebreaker. He played outstanding. He was able to finish off the third set due to his big serving and ground play.”
To reach the quarterfinals Knaff defeated Fermin Calvo of Kennesaw State in straight sets 6-1, 6-0.
Redshirt senior Jose Gracia was the lone Seminole to advance to the consolation quarterfinals after a 6-2, 6-2 win over Pierre Luquet of USF.
Play will continue tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. with singles quarterfinals and semifinals as well as doubles quarterfinals.
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