April 12, 2013
THE FLATS – The Georgia Tech women’s tennis team will host its final two home matches of the 2013 regular season when the Yellow Jackets take on the Virginia Cavaliers and the Virginia Tech Hokies, Saturday and Sunday, respectively, at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex.
The Yellow Jackets, ranked No. 19 with a 10-7 overall record and a 4-3 ACC mark, will face the Cavaliers, ranked No. 17 at 12 p.m. Saturday, April 13 and the Hokies at 12 p.m. Sunday, April 14. Prior to Sunday’s match against Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech will celebrate Senior Day by honoring Elizabeth Kilborn.
“It’s sad because she isn’t going to be here anymore. It’s sad for me because I only had her for one year,” head coach Rodney Harmon said. “Liz is a remarkable person. She is a hard worker. She has worked hard every day she has been here. She comes in for individuals, she is the first one ready to go for practice, she’s the leader, she is really the heartbeat of our team. She is the captain and she gets the team ready to play and she leads by example.
“You look at how well she does in school, you look at how she comes out every day ready to work, you look at how she puts in extra work, working on her game and trying to be the best she can be,” Harmon continued. “And lastly, how she presents herself. She is very kind, very compassionate, very open. When you look at Liz, you look at what’s really good about college athletics and student athletes, and she embodies that. We’re going to miss her here because she is a lot more than our No. 1 player.”
The Cavaliers come to Atlanta with a 13-7 overall record and a 6-1 mark in ACC play. Virginia has won its last five matches since dropping a 4-3 decision at then No. 7 Duke on March 29. The Hokies are 13-7 overall and 2-5 in the ACC and have lost five straight matches. Virginia Tech will play at Clemson on Saturday before coming to the Flats on Sunday.
The Jackets are led in doubles by the freshman tandem of Megan Kurey and Kendal Woodard. The rookie pair is ranked No. 57, and owns an 18-5 overall record, a 14-2 mark in dual matches and a 5-1 ACC record. Georgia Tech has won the doubles point in three of the last four matches and nine times this spring. The Jackets lost the doubles point against No. 16 Florida State and No. 11 Northwestern but rallied in singles to win both duals.
“I think how we come out in doubles, whether we win or not, how we come out will be important,” Harmon said. “If we come out aggressive and confident and we’re able to play the way we need to play, we set the tone for how we’re going to play all day. Winning the doubles point is great, if not, it’s how we play as much as whether we win the point because that carries over into singles.”
Kilborn has played No. 1 for the Jackets all season and has five wins over ranked opponents, which will be the case on Saturday as UVA’s No. Julie Elbaba is ranked No. 11. Woodard leads Tech with 18 singles wins this season playing mostly from the No. 2 spot of the lineup. Woodard has won her last four matches while junior Muriel Wacker has won her last five matches.
Georgia Tech will travel to NC State and Wake Forest next weekend before heading to the ACC Tournament April 25-28 in Cary, N.C.
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