March 27, 2016
THE FLATS – The No. 22 Georgia Tech women’s tennis team (12-5, 7-1) cruised past Pittsburgh (7-7, 1-7) 6-1 on Sunday afternoon at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex.
“I thought we played well in doubles,” head coach Rodney Harmon said. “I think that was key. We wanted to come out and play well in doubles today. We were able to take that momentum, almost like we did against Clemson, and play well in singles. They have some good players on their team and I thought we did a really good job. I’m happy with the way that we played.”
The victory was the third-straight for the Yellow Jackets against Pittsburgh and their seventh-straight ACC win. Georgia Tech won 10 of 12 sets in singles and led on all three courts in doubles against the Panthers.
The No. 18 doubles team of senior Kendal Woodard and sophomore Paige Hourigan kicked off doubles with a 6-1 win on court one versus Audrey Ann Blakely and Gabriela Rezende. Hourigan and Woodard are undefeated in conference doubles at 8-0. Sophomore Johnnise Renaud and junior Rasheeda McAdoo blanked Lolade Ogungbesan and Callie Frey, 6-0, to secure the first point of the match for Georgia Tech.
The Yellow Jackets have won the doubles point 12 times this season and are 11-0 when winning the first point of the match.
In singles, the Yellow Jackets won five of six first sets. Renaud, who is ranked No. 30 in singles, faced No. 85 Blakely on court one. Renaud started off her match winning nine-straight games against her opponent and cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 victory to put the Yellow Jackets up 2-0.
On court three, No. 117 McAdoo rolled past Frey, 6-1, 6-1 to put the Yellow Jackets in position to clinch the match. Junior Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer secured the Yellow Jackets’ victory on court six against Clara Lucas. Anton-Ohlmeyer won eight-straight games to start off the match and won, 6-0, 6-3.
Woodard put the Jackets ahead 5-0 with a 6-2, 6-2 win on court four against Rezende. Hourigan, who checks in at No. 105 in the ITA singles rankings, tallied a 6-3, 6-2 victory against Ogungbesan to put the score at 6-0 in favor of Tech.
Pitt picked up its lone point on court five when Amber Washington defeated senior Natasha Prokhnevska, 6-3, 6-4.
Next up the Yellow Jackets hit the road, traveling to Virginia Tech on Friday at 3 p.m. and at Virginia on Sunday at 11 a.m.
Tennis Match Results
Pitt vs Georgia Tech
Mar 27, 2016 at Atlanta, Ga.
(Ken Byers Tennis Complex)
#22 Georgia Tech 6, Pitt 1
- #30 Johnnise Renaud (GT) def. #85 Audrey Ann Blakely (UP) 6-0, 6-1
- #105 Paige Hourigan (GT) def. Lolade Ogungbesan (UP) 6-3, 6-2
- #117 Rasheeda McAdoo (GT) def. Callie Frey (UP) 6-1, 6-1
- Kendal Woodard (GT) def. Gabriela Rezende (UP) 6-2, 6-2
- Amber Washington (UP) def. Natasha Prokhnevska (GT) 6-3, 6-4
- Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer (GT) def. Clara Lucas (UP) 6-0, 6-3
- #18 Paige Hourigan/Kendal Woodard (GT) def. Audrey Ann Blakely/Gabriela Rezende (UP) 6-1
- Rasheeda McAdoo/Johnnise Renaud (GT) def. Lolade Ogungbesan/Callie Frey (UP) 6-0
- Megan Kurey/Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer (GT) def. Amber Washington/Natsumi Okamoto (UP) 5-2
Pitt 7-7, 1-7
Georgia Tech 12-5, 7-1; National ranking #22
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,3,6,4,2,5)