Feb. 14, 2014
The #21 Georgia Tech women’s tennis team (2-1) heads to #27 Tennessee (1-2) this Saturday at noon. Live scoring for the match can be found here.
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.
Looking at Tennessee
The #27-ranked Lady Vols are 1-2 so far this season. Similar to the Yellow Jackets, Tennessee won its first match of the ITA Kickoff Weekend, defeating Purdue, 4-3, before falling to Clemson, 4-0. The Lady Vols lost their home opener to Michigan, 6-1. In singles, #63 Eve Repi is 1-2 on court one.
The series between the Lady Vols and Jackets is tied at 2-2. The two teams met last season in the consolation match of the ITA Kickoff Weekend in Lincoln, Neb. Tech defeated Tennessee, 4-2, in the match.
Harmon’s NCAA Title
Head coach Rodney Harmon began his collegiate tennis career at the University of Tennessee. Harmon and doubles partner Mel Purcell was the 1980 NCAA Doubles champions at Tennessee and he also advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Singles Championship while playing for the Volunteers. Harmon and Purcell were the 1980 ITA Doubles Team of the Year and Harmon won the SEC No. 2 singles title.
Facing Ranked Opponents
The #27 Volunteers will be the third top-30 opponent the Jackets will face in four dual matches. Tech blanked #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.
Jackets in the Rankings
The Georgia Tech women’s tennis team checks in at #21 in the most 2014 ITA women’s rankings which was released on February 11. 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), Virginia (10), Clemson (12), Miami (14), Georgia Tech (21) and Notre Dame (22).
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.