Jan. 31, 2015
THE FLATS – The Georgia Tech women’s tennis team (2-1) captured its second victory of the season, defeating #59 USF (1-3), 6-1, on Saturday afternoon at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex.
“I felt like we played reasonably well today,” head coach Rodney Harmon said. “USF has a good team. I felt like coming off of last weekend, we did a good job of coming in. We played really well in doubles. When you play good in doubles that starts things off well. I was pleased with the level of play overall. We will be working really hard the next week and a half because we have three very big matches coming up. We play Ohio State, Tennessee and Georgia.”
Three Yellow Jackets went undefeated on the day, winning in both singles and doubles – freshman Paige Hourigan, junior Natasha Prokhnevska and freshman Alexis Prokopuik. Against the Bulls, the Yellow Jackets won the doubles point for the third-straight match and two doubles teams stayed undefeated.
Junior Kendal Woodard and Hourigan took down Olaya Garrido-Rivas and Jessica Cortes Chaves on court two, 6-1, for Tech’s first doubles win of the afternoon. Prokhnevska and freshman Johnnise Renaud were quick to finish next, defeating Juliana Cardoso and Alicia Robinson, 6-2, on court three to give the Jackets a 1-0 advantage.
The two doubles teams of Woodard and Hourigan and Prokhenvska and Renaud are each 3-0 in doubles play this season.
In singles play, Kurey picked up her first singles victory of the season on court six. The junior quickly defeated Cardoso, 6-1, in the first set and took the second set, 6-3, to put the Jackets ahead in the match, 2-0.
Prokopuik would also record a two-set victory, beating Cortes, 6-3, 6-1, on court four to remain undefeated in singles play this season at 2-0.
The clinching singles win for the Jackets would come from court three from#81 Prokhnevska against Martinez. Prokhnevska was down after a 6-2 loss in set one, but came back strong, only letting her opponent win one game in the next two sets as she won, 6-1, 6-0.
On court two, #121 Hourgian edged Bessonova, 7-5, in the first set and then went on to win set two, 6-3 to give Tech the 5-0 lead. Anton-Ohlmeyer would make it 6-0 in favor of the Jackets with a three-set victory on court six, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 against Argente.
The #63-ranked Renaud fell in a tough three set battle vs. Barrido. After winning the first set, 6-3, Barrido took sets two and three, 6-4, 7-5.
After a week break, Georgia Tech hosts Ohio State on Saturday, Feb. 14 and welcomes Tennessee on Sunday, Feb. 15. Both matches will begin at noon at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex.
South Florida vs Georgia Tech
Jan 31, 2015 at Atlanta, Ga.
(Ken Byers Tennis Complex)
#18 Georgia Tech 6, #59 South Florida 1
1. Olaya Garrido-Rivas (USF) def. #63 Johnnise Renaud (GT) 3-6, 6-4, 7-5
2. #121 Paige Hourigan (GT) def. Vera Bessonova (USF) 7-5, 6-3
3. #81 Natasha Prokhnevska (GT) def. Olga Martinez (USF) 2-6, 6-1, 6-0
4. Alexis Prokopuik (GT) def. Jessica Cortes Chave (USF) 6-3, 6-4
5. Megan Kurey (GT) def. Juliana Cardoso (USF) 6-1, 6-3
6. Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer (GT) def. Laura Argente Escami (USF) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
1. Rasheeda McAdoo/Alexis Prokopuik (GT) vs. Vera Bessonova/Olga Martinez (USF) 4-2, unfinished
2. Kendal Woodard/Paige Hourigan (GT) def. Olaya Garrido-Rivas/Jessica Cortes Chave (USF) 6-1
3. Natasha Prokhnevska/Johnnise Renaud (GT) def. Juliana Cardoso/Alicia Robinson (USF) 6-2
South Florida 1-3; National ranking #59
Georgia Tech 2-1; National ranking #18
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,4,3,2,6,1)