THE FLATS – No. 6 Georgia Tech recorded its sixth sweep over an opponent Wednesday afternoon, defeating No. 47 Northwestern 7-0 at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex. Tech improved to 15-2 overall with the win and closed out non-conference play.
DOUBLES ACTION: Paige Hourigan served out the match on court two to clinch the doubles point for Tech and allowed the Jackets to enter singles play with a 1-0 lead. Tech’s duo of Johnnise Renaud and Nami Otsuka pushed the Jackets in the lead in doubles cruising to a 6-0 victory on court three over Alex Chatt and Brooke Rischbieth. But Northwestern quickly moved all eyes to court two winning on court one. The Jackets went up 5-3 on court two, but the Wildcats held serve to push it to 5-4. Tech served out the match to clinch the point with a 6-4 victory.
SINGLES PLAY: Leading the match entering singles play, Tech continued its strong play and swept all six singles courts in straight sets to complete the sweep over Northwestern. Wrapping up first, Jones topped Rheeya Doshi 6-2, 6-4 on court four before Hourigan downed Lipp 6-2, 6-2 to give Tech a 3-0 lead. Renaud clinched the match from court three, defeating Or 7-5, 6-4 before Otsuka pushed the Jackets out in front 5-0 with a 7-5, 6-2 decision over Chatt on court five. Tech concluded singles play with Luca Fabian winning 6-4, 6-3 on court six and Rasheeda McAdoo topping Erin Larner on court one, 6-4, 6-4.
QUOTABLE: “I think we played very well today. We knew that Northwestern is a really good team and that they are very well coached. We knew that we had to come out and put on our best performance. It was great to see the girls come out and do the things that we discussed for the match in terms of with their games and continuing to get better at what they’re doing. We are fortunate that we played well from one to six, all the way down and played reasonably well in doubles. We now have to get ready to go up to Pitt and Syracuse and continue to play well.” – Head Coach Rodney Harmon
UP NEXT: The Jackets closed out non-conference play this afternoon and returns to the court with two ACC road matches this upcoming weekend. Tech visits Pittsburgh for a 3 p.m. match on Friday, March 24.
No. 47 Northwestern at No. 6 Georgia Tech Results
Match Score: No. 6 Georgia Tech 7, No. 47 Northwestern 0
1. No. 74 Maddie Lipp/Rheeya Doshi (NU) def. Rasheeda McAdoo/Luca Fabian (GT) 6-2
2. Kenya Jones/Paige Hourigan (GT) def. Erin Larner/Lee Or (NU) 6-4
3. Johnnise Renaud/Nami Otsuka (GT) def. Alex Chatt/Brooke Rischbieth (NU) 6-0
Order of finish: 3,1,2
Point: Georgia Tech
1. No. 46 Rasheeda McAdoo (GT) def. Erin Larner (NU) 6-4, 6-4
2. No. 113 Paige Hourigan (GT) def. No. 114 Maddie Lipp (NU) 6-2, 6-2
3. No. 104 Johnnise Renaud (GT) def. Lee Or (NU) 7-5, 6-4
4. Kenya Jones (GT) def. Rheeya Doshi (NU) 6-2, 6-4
5. Nami Otuska (GT) def. Alex Chatt (NU) 7-5, 6-2
6. Luca Fabian (GT) def. Jillian Rooney (NU) 6-4, 6-3
Order of finish: 4,2,3,5,6,1