Nov. 6, 2013
FLUSHING, N.Y. – The main doubles draw for the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships has been released and #26 Megan Kurey and Kendal Woodard will face #19 Brynn Boren and Zoe Katz of USC. Kurey and Woodard will face off against Boren and Katz at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Live scoring of all of the matches can be found here.
“We worked very hard and are very excited about going to the Indoor National Collegiate Championships,” Kurey said. “All throughout the semester we have worked really hard to get to this point. In California, we were really close to getting to it and we knew what we had to do in regionals to get to it.”
The USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships serves as the culmination of the fall season, showcasing elite players from every level of college tennis. Hosted by Columbia University, this prestigious event features a 32-player singles draw and a 20-team doubles draw for men and women.
Gaining automatic entry into the tournament are champions from the USTA/ITA Division I Regional Championships held across the country in October, winners of the USTA/ITA National Small College Super Bowl, and the consolation champions, doubles finalists, men’s singles quarterfinalists and women’s singles semifinalists from the ITA Men’s and Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships.
“It’s great for our program,” head coach Rodney Harmon said. “I think it shows that the girls have come into Georgia Tech and they have developed. In their sophomore year, they have put together a great first half of their season. They are on their way to getting All-American status and hopefully they will play very, very well in New York. I am pretty excited for them.”
Woodard and Kurey won the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional doubles title on Oct. 21st to gain automatic entry to the tournament. Kurey and Woodard defeated four-straight opponents to advance to the doubles finals and face #50 Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase of Georgia. The sophomore tandem cruised to an 8-2 victory, winning the first-ever regional doubles title for Georgia Tech women’s tennis.
Overall this fall, Woodard and Kurey are 10-4 in doubles and 4-3 against nationally ranked opponents. In addition to defeating #50 Herring and Kowase, Woodard and Kurey defeated #2 Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia of Georgia, #4 Hermon Brhane and Whitney Ritchie of Oklahoma and #16 Mary Ann Daines and Erin Routliffe of Albama – all at the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships.
“It means a lot because we started out in the summer practicing,” said Woodard. “Then we played Alabama and then we won. Then we went to Indiana and wound up winning and getting a bid into All-Americans. Winning regionals was pretty awesome.”
Follow the Georgia Tech women’s tennis blog as it follows Megan and Kendal’s trip here. Make sure to follow Coach Ali Silverio on Twitter, @GT_CoachAli, for exclusive information on the trip and throughout the season.