Jackets Victorious on First Day of Palmetto Pink Open

SUMTER, S.C. – Represented by three Yellow Jackets, Georgia Tech women’s tennis opened qualifying play at the Palmetto Pink Open on Sunday victorious on all three courts. The ITF event is being held at the Palmetto Tennis Center.

“I was proud of the way we competed in the first round matches today,” commented assistant coach Christy Lynch. “I was especially proud of the way Paige [Hourigan] closed out her second set against a really talented opponent. We’re looking forward to tomorrow’s matches.”

Playing in her first tournament of the fall, senior Paige Hourigan picked up a hard-fought match over Jada Robinson. After cruising to a 6-0 first set victory, Hourigan took the match with a 7-5 second set tiebreak.

“I’m excited to be playing my first tournament for the fall,” Hourigan stated. “Today’s match was a good start to being back on the court and I definitely had some nerves closing it out in the second set, but glad I could fight through it. I am excited for my next match and competing this week.”

Also representing Tech, freshmen Ida Jarlskog and Victoria Flores each walked away with straight set victories on Sunday. Jarlskog made quick work of Rouyu Chen, dropping just two games in the first set for a 6-2, 6-0 victory. Flores upended Kathleen Derienzo handedly, 6-1, 6-0.

The second round of qualifying action resumes Monday morning at 9 a.m. For complete results and schedule of play, please click here.

GEORGIA TECH RESULTS AND SCHEDULE OF PLAY
Sunday, Oct. 8

Ida Jarlskog (GT) def. Rouyu Chen (CHI) 6-2, 6-0
Paige Hourigan (GT) def. Jada Robinson (USA) 6-0, 7-6 (5)
Victoria Flores (GT) def. Kathleen Derienzo (USA) 6-1, 6-0

Monday, Oct. 9
Ida Jarlskog (GT) vs. Kelly Williford (DOM)
Paige Hourigan (GT) vs. Yana Morar (UKR)
Victoria Flores (GT) vs. Rachel May Pierson (USA)

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