Feb. 23, 2014
THE FLATS – The #25-ranked Georgia Tech women’s tennis team (4-2) fell to the #7-ranked Georgia Bulldogs (6-2) by a final score of 7-0 at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex on Sunday afternoon.
“I think Georgia played really well,” head coach Rodney Harmon said. “I think we fought them on some courts where we could. I think they outplayed us today. They played really, really well. This is the middle of our tough stretch of matches so we just have to regroup and get ready for Florida State.”
The Yellow Jackets are now 3-2 against ranked opponents. The Jackets lost the doubles point for only the second time this season. The #1-ranked doubles team of sophomores Kendal Woodard and Megan Kurey ended up on the wrong side of an 8-6 decision against Georgia’s #5-ranked doubles team, Lauren Herring and Maho Kawase. On court two, Natasha Prokhnevska and Muriel Wacker lost to Georgia’s Silvia Garcia and Kate Fuller, 8-3.
In singles, the first match to finish was on court five between freshman Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer and Fuller. After slipping into a 5-2 hole, Anton-Ohlmeyer won two consecutive games but could not get over the hump as Fuller went on to win the set 6-4 and the second set 6-2.
Georgia picked up another point on court two where sixth-ranked Garcia defeated Tech’s Prokhnevska. After dropping the first set 6-2, Garcia jumped ahead 4-0 in set two before Prokhnevska bounced back to win three straight games. Unfortunately, the momentum was short lived and Garcia held on to win 6-3.
Next door on court one was Woodward and sixth-ranked Herring. Herring took the first game 6-2, but Woodward fought tooth and nail to stretch the match including battling back from match point trailing 5-4. Herring eventually won the second set 7-5 and simultaneously clinched the win for Georgia.
At the number three spot, freshman Rasheeda McAdoo suffered a 7-5, 6-4 loss to #17 Kowase while Kurey also fell in her match to #43 Kimbell, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5). Despite winning set one, 7-6 (8-6), Wacker, was defeated by Caroline Brinson, 6-4, 10-8.
The Yellow Jackets’ next match is this Friday in Tallahassee as the Jackets take on Florida State. The match begins at 3pm from the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.