ATLANTA (April 18) – With its best record and highest conference finish since 1990, the 30th-ranked Georgia Tech women’s tennis team begins play in Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament against Florida State in a 6 p.m. match Friday at the Racquet Club of the South in Norcross, Ga. Georgia Tech (13-6, 4-4 ACC), seeking the first NCAA bid in school history, and the Seminoles (15-7, 4-4 ACC) finished tied for fourth with 4-4 conference records, but the Yellow Jackets won the head-to-head meeting to earn the fourth seed.
The ACC Tournament begins Thursday with eighth-seeded North Carolina and ninth-seeded NC State playing at 10 a.m. The winner of that contest faces top-seeded Wake Forest Friday at 3 p.m. Friday’s other quarterfinal matches include third-seeded Clemson versus sixth-seeded Virginia at 9 a.m. and second-seeded Duke against seventh-seeded Maryland at 12 noon. Eight of the nine ACC teams ranked in the top 60 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
The Jackets faced Florida State earlier in the season and defeated the 23rd-ranked Seminoles in Tallahassee, 5-4, as sophomore Laura Ozolins (Toronto, Ontario) and freshman Mysti Morris (Cartersville, Ga.) turned in key singles victories to propel Tech. Ozolins, who plays No. 5 singles, has a dual match record of 15-4, including a 6-2 ACC record, while Morris has a dual match record of 13-5 at No. 2 singles, including 5-3 in ACC play.
Freshman Jaime Wong (Delray Beach, Fla.) has dominated in ACC play at the No. 4 singles spot, gathering seven wins and only one loss in conference matches. Her dual match record is a team-best 16-3. Freshman Charlotte Pernet (Dijon, France) has also played well in the conference, with an ACC record of 5-3 and a dual match record of 13-5 at the No. 6 flight.
Rounding out the lineup for the Jackets is senior Sabrina Pardo (Aix En Provence, France), 9-9, 2-6 ACC, at No. 1 singles and junior Bobbi Guthrie (Raleigh, N.C.), 11-8, 3-5 ACC, at No. 3 singles.
Pardo and Guthrie form Tech’s No. 1 doubles team, which has a record of 10-7 record in dual matches, including a 4-5 record in the ACC. Morris and Wong play No. 2 doubles, with a record of 11-7 and 3-5 in the ACC, while Ozolins and Pernet, 7-9, 3-5 ACC, play No. 3 doubles.