Feb. 20, 2014
The #25 Georgia Tech women’s tennis team (3-1) has a busy weekend ahead, traveling to #22 Notre Dame (5-2) on Friday at 3 p.m. before returning home to face #7 Georgia (4-2) on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The first 50 students at the Georgia match will receive a #THWG t-shirt. Fans in attendance will receive a gold/white shaker while supplies last.
Parking Information for the Georgia Match
Due to the high volume of events surrounding Georgia Tech Athletics this weekend, free parking for women’s tennis fans will be available in Family Housing (ER66) deck. The Family Housing deck is located off of 10th street across from the Ken Byers Tennis Center.
The sophomore doubles duo of Megan Kurey and Kendal Woodard are ranked #1 in the nation in the doubles rankings after debuting this season at the #4 spot. The tandem is 3-0 together this spring and has won 13-straight doubles matches together, dating back to the fall season. Kurey and Woodard won the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships doubles title in November. Kurey and Woodard are 17-4 together this season and 8-3 against ranked opponents.
Looking at Notre Dame
The Yellow Jackets open up ACC play against the Fighting Irish on Friday. Last season, Notre Dame and the Jackets faced off twice, with Notre Dame winning both matches. Overall, Georgia Tech leads the series, 5-4. In singles, Quinn Gleason is tied for 99th in the most recent ITA rankings. Gleason and doubles partner Britney Sanders are ranked #27 while Monica Robinson and Jennifer Kellner check in at #41.
Georgia holds the edge in the series record against the Yellow Jackets, 21-4. The Jackets’ last win came on March 20, 2010 at home. The Bulldogs have four singles players and two doubles pairs in the latest individual rankings. Silvia Garcia and Lauren Herring are in the Top-10 at No. 6 and No. 7, respectively. Maho Kowase sits at No. 17 and Lilly Kimbell is No. 43. In doubles, Herring and Kowase are ranked No. 5 while Kimbell and Mia King are No. 52.
Player of the Week
Sophomore Natasha Prokhnevska was named the ACC Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 18 for the first time in her career after helping Tech defeat #27 Tennessee, 5-2. Prokhnevska’s win at the #2 singles position clinched the victory for the Yellow Jackets, who are 3-1 this season. Prokhnevska defeated Joanna Henderson, 6-4, in the first set. In set two, she battled it out against Henderson to win the set, 7-6 (7-5) and to stay undefeated in singles play at 3-0 this season.
In doubles play against the Lady Vols, Prokhnevska paired up with Muriel Wacker to defeat Victoria Olivarez and Eve Repic, 8-3, helping the Jackets win the doubles point. The Jackets are 3-0 this season when winning the doubles point.
Facing Ranked Opponents
The #22 Fighting Irish and the #7 Bulldogs will be the fourth and fifth top-30 opponents the Jackets will face in six dual matches. Tech is 2-1 against ranked opponents after blanking #25 Nebraska, 4-0, at the ITA Kickoff Weekend in its first dual match of the season. Against #16 Vanderbilt, the Jackets suffered their first loss of the season, 4-3. Tech most recently defeated #27 Tennessee, 5-2.
Jackets in the Rankings
The Georgia Tech women’s tennis team checks in at #25 in the most 2014 ITA women’s rankings which was released on February 18. The doubles tandem of Megan Kurey and Kendal Woodard are ranked at #1 in the doubles rankings while Woodard is tied for 94th in the singles poll.
Georgia Tech is one of seven ACC schools that are ranked in the top-25 in the rankings, joining Duke (1), North Carolina (6), Clemson (11), Virginia (13), Miami (17), Notre Dame (22) and Georgia Tech (25).
The #1-ranked sophomore doubles duo of Megan Kurey and Kendal Woodard capped off an impressive fall season by winning the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships doubles title. Kurey and Woodard captured the national indoor doubles title on Nov. 10, 2013 after defeating Louisville’s Julia Fellerhoff and Rebecca Shine in the championship match.
The tandem went 14-4 this fall and owned an impressive 7-3 record against nationally ranked opponents. The duo finished off the season on a nine-match winning streak, including three straight victories during national indoors on their way to the national doubles title. Kurey and Woodard also won the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Doubles Title in the fall.
Follow the Jackets
Fans are encouraged to follow Georgia Tech women’s tennis on Twitter, @GT_WTEN, and like the Yellow Jackets on Facebook, GTWomensTennis, for an inside look at the program.