ATLANTA (April 13) – Already achieving its highest victory total since 1990, Georgia Tech women’s tennis team concludes the regular season by hosting 29th-ranked Clemson in an Atlantic Coast Conference match Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.
The 43rd-ranked Yellow Jackets (13-5, 4-3 ACC) have won three ACC matches in a row, including an upset of 19th-ranked Florida State last Saturday at Tallahassee, Fla.
First-year head coach Bryan Shelton has guided Tech to its most successful season since 1990, when the Jackets set school records with 17 overall wins and four conference victories. A win over Clemson would establish a Tech record for ACC victories in a season. However, the Jackets have defeated Clemson (12-5, 4-2 ACC) just once in the last fifteen tries, and the Tigers’ lineup features the nation’s 24th-ranked singles player in Carmina Giraldo.
The Jackets’ winning streak has been spurred on by the play of sophomore Laura Ozolins (Toronto, Ontario) and freshman Jaime Wong (Delray Beach, Fla.). Ozolins, playing the No. 5 and 6 singles flights, leads Tech with six wins in ACC play, along with an overall dual match record of 15-3. Wong has won nine of her last 10 matches at the No. 4 singles spot, including four straight ACC wins in which she has dropped only one set. Along with her singles victories, Wong has combined with freshman Mysti Morris (Cartersville, Ga.) to win three of the last four No. 2 doubles matches, improving her dual match records to 15-3 in singles and 11-6 in doubles. In Tech’s win over FSU, Wong won her singles match in straight sets and then teamed with Morris for the clinching victory at No. 2 doubles.
The Jackets recent strong play gives them momentum as they head prepare for next week’s Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament, April 20-23 at the Racquet Club of the South in Norcross, Ga.