Jackets Begin ACC Tournament vs. Virginia Tech

April 23, 2014

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The #20-ranked Georgia Tech women’s tennis team (12-8, 9-5 ACC) heads to Cary, N.C. for the 2014 ACC Championship. The number six-seed Yellow Jackets will face the #11 -seed Virginia Tech at 3 p.m. on Thursday. Follow live stats for all of Tech’s matches here here.

Tech Tough
The Yellow Jackets head into the ACC Championship after taking down #1-ranked Duke, 4-3, to close out the 2014 regular season. The Jackets have won five of their last seven matches. Senior Muriel Wacker has won a team-high 14 singles match this dual match season and is 12-2 in conference play. Sophomore Megan Kurey is 12-6 in dual matches and is 4-1 when playing on court two. Freshman Rasheeda McAdoois on a five-match winning streak and has gone 8-5 at the number four spot.

In doubles, #6-ranked Kurey and Kendal Woodard are 11-5 at the number one spot and they went 8-3 in ACC play. Sophomore Natasha Prokhnevska and Wacker are 9-8 on court two and own a 3-1 record against nationally ranked opponents. The freshman duo of McAdoo and Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyerare 10-5 on court three and are riding a four-match winning streak.

All-ACC Awards
Georgia Tech sophomore Kendal Woodard was selected to the All-ACC First Team and sophomore Megan Kurey was selected to the All-ACC Second Team. Individual honors, as well as the All-ACC teams, were determined by a vote of the league’s 15 head coaches. Woodard and Kurey are the 19th and 20th Georgia Tech student-athletes selected to All-ACC women’s tennis teams. This is second year in a row that Woodard has been honored on the All-ACC First Team. This is Kurey’s first all-conference award of her career.

Last Time Out vs. Virginia Tech
The Jackets look to extend their 13 match winning streak against the Hokies on Thursday. Georgia Tech holds the advantage in the series, 13-2, after winning the regular season meeting at Virginia Tech on April 6, 6-1. During the lone meeting between the two teams this season, Tech quickly won the doubles point with wins on court two and three. Sophomore Megan Kureyclinched the win for the Jackets with a victory on court two.

ACC Tournament History
The Yellow Jackets have won the ACC Tournament four times – in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010. The Jackets have faced Virginia Tech once in the ACC Tournament. Georgia Tech won the match in 2010, 4-1, on its way to winning the tournament title. Last season, the Jackets won their first round matchup against Maryland, 4-0, before falling to Miami, 4-1.

A Memorable Senior Day
Senior Muriel Wackerof the #27-ranked Georgia Tech women’s tennis team had a Senior Day that she will never forget. Wacker’s three-set singles win on court five clinched a 4-3 win against #1 Duke for the Yellow Jackets. With the match tied at 3-3, the deciding point between the Yellow Jackets (12-8, 9-5 ACC) and the top-ranked Blue Devils (21-3, 11-3) came down to court five between Wacker and Rachel Kahan. Kahan won set one, 6-2, before Wacker came back to take set two, 6-3. After set three was tied, 2-2, Wacker won the next four-straight games to secure Tech’s victory.

Winning the Doubles Point
The Yellow Jackets are 11-1 when winning the doubles point this season and 1-7 when losing the doubles point. Tech captured the doubles point against #25 Nebraska, Old Dominion, #27 Tennessee, #22 Notre Dame, #32 Florida State, Maryland, #64 N.C. State, #66 Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, #68 Syracuse and #1 Duke. Tech lost to the doubles point to #43 Wake Forest, but won the match. Against #46 Boston College, Tech won the doubles point, but lost the match.

Dynamic Doubles Duo
The sophomore doubles duo of Megan Kurey and Kendal Woodardare ranked #6 in the nation in the doubles rankings after debuting this season at the #4 spot. In the Feb. 11th poll, the pair was ranked as the #1 doubles team. The tandem is 11-5 together this spring and had won 14-straight doubles matches together, before a loss to Georgia snapped their winning streak. Kurey and Woodard are 6-4 in their last 10 matches.

Kurey and Woodard won the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships doubles title in November. The tandem is 25-9 together this year and 9-8 against nationally ranked opponents.

Jackets in the Rankings
The Georgia Tech women’s tennis team checks in at #20 in the most recent ITA women’s rankings which was released on April 22. The doubles tandem of Megan Kurey and Kendal Woodardare ranked at #6 in the doubles rankings. Tech’s highest ranking this season was at #19 which was on both January 21 and February 25.

Georgia Tech is one of six ACC schools that are ranked in the top-25 in the rankings, joining Duke (6), Virginia (7), North Carolina (11), Clemson (12), Miami (15) and Georgia Tech (20).

National Champions
The #6-ranked sophomore doubles duo of Megan Kurey and Kendal Woodardcapped off an impressive fall season by winning the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships doubles title. Kurey and Woodard captured the national indoor doubles title on Nov. 10, 2013 after defeating Louisville’s Julia Fellerhoff and Rebecca Shine in the championship match.

The tandem went 14-4 this fall and owned an impressive 7-3 record against nationally ranked opponents. The duo finished off the season on a nine-match winning streak, including three straight victories during national indoors on their way to the national doubles title. Kurey and Woodard also won the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Doubles Title in the fall.

Follow the Jackets
Fans are encouraged to follow Georgia Tech women’s tennis on Twitter, @GT_WTEN, and like the Yellow Jackets on Facebook, GTWomensTennis, for an inside look at the program.

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