May 20, 2016
STILLWATER, Okla. – The No. 17 Georgia Tech women’s tennis squad fell to No. 4 Ohio State by a score of 4-2 in the NCAA Tournament Round of 16. The match was moved to Oklahoma State University due to weather.
The Jackets were unable to grab the doubles point against the Buckeyes, as Rasheeda McAdoo and Johnnise Renaud fell by a score of 6-0 and the pairing of Megan Kurey and Natasha Prokhnevska fell by a score of 6-2. The 13th-ranked pairing of Kendal Woodard and Paige Hourigan led by a score of 4-3 over the ninth-ranked pairing of Anna Sanford and Miho Kowase before the doubles point was clinched.
Ohio State took a 2-0 lead when Prokhnevska fell to Ohio State’s Sandy Neihaus by a score of 6-2, 6-2 at No. 6. The Jackets made it 2-1 with a win from Paige Hourigan at No. 2. Tech tied it when Rasheeda McAdoo defeated Gabriella De Santis by a score of 6-2, 7-5, but he lead was short-lived. A few minutes later, Johnnise Renaud fell to third-ranked Francesca Di Lorenzo, and Kendal Woodard then fell to Miho Kowase to end the match.
“It was a tough match today,” head coach Rodney Harmon said. “I felt like Ohio State really came out and jumped on us in doubles, even though we were winning at 1, we just couldn’t get going at 2 and 3. But, Ohio State did an excellent job of taking us out of control of the match. They were sharp with their returns, they poached at the right times and I thought they did a really good job of getting the momentum and keeping it. Then in singles, it was just a battle, but it’s hard getting down a point to them in doubles because they are so rough in singles. I thought Rasheeda (McAdoo) and Paige (Hourigan) did a great job to pull our two good wins. I think Alexis (Prokopuik) had just split sets, we just couldn’t get enough going anywhere else. So, kudos to Ohio State. But, I’m really happy by how we fought and how the girls represented Georgia Tech. I think we have a bright future and I think its good, especially for our underclassmen, to come to the Sweet Sixteen so for the next time that we’re here, we’re ready to go.”
#4 Ohio State (31-2) def. #17-32 Georgia Tech (19-9), 4-2
Greenwood Tennis Center
Head Coaches: Melissa Schaub (Ohio State) and Rodney Harmon (Georgia Tech)
1. #13 Paige Hourigan/Kendal Woodard (Georgia Tech) def. #9 Miho Kowase/Anna Sanford (Ohio State), 4-3 DNF
2. #58 Gabriella De Santis/Sandy Niehaus (Ohio State) def. Rasheeda McAdoo/Johnnise Renaud (Georgia Tech), 6-0
3. Francesca Di Lorenzo/Olivia Sneed (Ohio State) def. Megan Kurey/Natasha Prokhnevska (Georgia Tech), 6-2 Order of Finish: 2, 3
1. #3 Francesca Di Lorenzo (Ohio State) def. #34 Johnnise Renaud (Georgia Tech), 6-4, 6-3
2. #39 Paige Hourigan (Georgia Tech) def. #89 Anna Sanford (Ohio State), 6-4, 7-5
3. Rasheeda McAdoo (Georgia Tech) def. #96 Gabriella De Santis (Ohio State), 6-2, 7-5
4. Miho Kowase (Ohio State) def. Kendal Woodard (Georgia Tech), 6-4, 7-5
5. Ferny Angeles Paz (Ohio State) vs. Alexis Prokopuik (Georgia Tech), 6-3, 4-6 DNF
6. #81 Sandy Niehaus (Ohio State) def. Natasha Prokhnevska (Georgia Tech), 6-2, 6-2
Order of Finish: 6, 2, 3, 1, 4