March 10, 2016
The No. 34 Georgia Tech women’s tennis team (7-5, 2-1) hosts two ACC opponents this weekend, welcoming No. 30 Syracuse (8-3, 2-3) on Friday at 3 p.m. and No. 22 Wake Forest (12-2, 2-1) on Sunday at noon.
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Against the Opponent
Series vs. Syracuse: Georgia Tech leads the series 3-0 and won last year’s meeting, 5-2, at Syracuse.
Series vs. Wake Forest: Wake Forest leads the all-time series 21-14 but the Yellow Jackets have won five-straight meetings and 12 of the past 13 matches.
Two-Straight ACC Victories
The Yellow Jackets have won two-straight ACC matches, defeating No. 44 NC State, 6-1, at home and winning 6-1 at Boston College. In both matches, the doubles point was closely contested and came down to court one. In both matches, Paige Hourigan and Kendal Woodard won in a tiebreaker to secure the first point of the match for the Yellow Jackets. The Yellow Jackets would go on to win five of six single matches in each of the wins. Georgia Tech had lost its first conference match at No. 11 Miami, 7-0.
A Look at the Yellow Jackets
Sophomore has won a team-best eight single dual matches and is 8-2 so far this spring. Renaud is undefeated on court two at 4-0 and has gone 4-2 on court one. Against No. 6 Ohio State she recorded the Jackets only point with a singles win and then did the same against No. 4 Georgia, defeating No. 12 Ellen Perez, , 6-0, 4-6, 6-4. Both sophomore and junior have each won three-straight singles matches.
Renaud and McAdoo are 9-2 in doubles, going 8-2 on court two, and picking up a win at the number one spot. The No. 21 doubles team of senior Kendall Woodard and Hourigan are 6-2 on court one in 2016 and are undefeated in doubles against ACC opponents at 3-0.
ACC Players of the Week
Two Yellow Jackets have already been named ACC Player of the Week. Most recently, sophomore picked up the honor after going 4-0 in singles and doubles at two ranked opponents –No. 59 Tennessee and No. 6 Ohio State. Junior was the first ACC Player of the Week of the senior after going 2-0 in GT’s season-opening win against UAB. Both Jackets received the award for the first time in their careers.
In the Rankings
The Yellow Jackets dropped a spot in this week’s ITA Team Rankings and is ranked 34th. The highest the Jackets have been ranked this season was at No. 23 on Jan. 5. Earlier this season, sophomore moved up 24 spots in the singles rankings to No. 37 after winning five-straight matches, including defeating No. 12 Elles Perez of Georgia. She is now ranked No. 36.
Sophomore Paige Hourigan made her debut in the singles rankings, jumping in at No. 80. Junior checks in at No. 95 on the singles rankings. The doubles duo of and moved up on the doubles list from No. 58 to No. 21.
Facing Ranked Opponents
The Yellow Jackets are 3-5 when facing ranked opponents so far this season, defeating No. 46 William & Mary, No. 59 Tennessee and No. 44 NC State. Four of the five losses were to top-25 teams.
The Yellow Jackets have won the doubles point in seven matches this season and are 7-0 when taking the first point of the match. The Yellow Jackets are 0-5 when losing the doubles point, having lost to No. 21 LSU, No. 11 Miami, No. 6 Ohio State, No. 4 Georgia and No. 53 Northwestern.