April 22, 2015
The #27 Georgia Tech women’s tennis team (13-8, 9-5 ACC) heads to Cary, N.C. for the 2015 ACC Championship. The number six-seed Yellow Jackets will face the #14 seed NC State at 3 p.m. on Thursday. The winner of the match will advance to play #3-seed Duke on Friday at 3 p.m. Follow Live stats for all of Georgia Tech’s ACC Tournament matches here.
ACC Tournament History
The Yellow Jackets have won the ACC Tournament four times – in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010. The Jackets have faced NC State four times in the ACC Tournament, going 3-1 against the Wolfpack. Georgia Tech defeated the Wolfpack in 2006 on its way to winning the tournament title. Last season, the Jackets won their first round matchup against Virginia Tech, 4-0, before falling to Virginia, 4-1. Tech was also the six-seed last season.
Two Georgia Tech freshmen, Paige Hourigan and Johnnise Renaud, represented the Yellow Jackets in ACC honors after being named to the All-ACC Second Team. Individual honors, as well as the All-ACC teams, were determined by a vote of the league’s 15 head coaches. Renaud and Hourigan are the 21st and 22nd Georgia Tech student-athletes selected to All-ACC women’s tennis teams.
Finishing Out Strong
The Georgia Tech women’s tennis team closed out its 2015 season winning eight out of 10 matches. The Yellow Jackets finished sixth in the ACC with a 9-5 record. Freshman Paige Hourigan, who is ranked #53 in singles, tallied a team-best 13-6 record in dual matches and played mostly on court two, going 11-4 and defeating five ranked opponents. Freshman Johnnise Renaud, who checks in at #102 in singles, was a constant on court one for Georgia Tech, recording a 7-7 conference record and an overall 8-9 record at the number one spot. In ACC play, junior Kendal Woodard led Georgia Tech with a 9-5 record, going 5-3 on court two and 4-1 on court four against conference opponents. Sophomore Rasheeda McAdoo was undefeated in ACC play at 6-0 and ended the regular season on a seven-match winning streak.
Junior Megan Kurey is 5-2 in conference singles play moving between courts four, five and six and is currently on a four-match win streak. Sophomore Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer has been strong on courts five and six in singles, going a combined 8-2. Freshman Alexis Prokopuik has shown versatility, playing on courts four, five and six, in singles and recording 3-2 records on each court. Junior Natasha Prokhnevska has gone 4-5 in ACC play and has won her past two matches.
In doubles, the #16-ranked duo of Hourigan and Woodard held an impressive 10-1 record on court one and went 3-0 on court two. Hourigan and Woodard were 8-1 in conference play and have won six-straight matches. Kurey and Anton-Ohlmeyer have play on court two, going 3-0 in the past three matches. Court three in doubles features McAdoo and Renaud, who have won their past six matches and are 6-2 in ACC play.
#14 NC State (11-15, 1-13 ACC)
Series: Georgia Tech leads, 27-12
Georgia Tech has won 20 straight matches against NC State, including a 4-1 victory on the road this season. NC State picked up its lone conference win of the season against Pitt. NC State defeated Wake Forest 4-3 on Wednesday to advance to play the Yellow Jackets.
Hourgian, Woodard 16th in the Nation
The Yellow Jacket doubles duo of freshman and junior are the #16th ranked doubles duo in the country. The two have gone 8-1 in conference play, 10-1 on court one, 3-0 on court two and 13-2 overall this season. Hourigan and Woodard have beaten five nationally ranked opponents including #21 Quinn Gleason/Monica Robinson from #32 Notre Dame, #3 Beatrice Gumulya and Jessy Rompies from #22 Clemson, #25 Gabrielle De Santis/Sandy Niehaus from #27 Ohio State, #39 Alicia Barnett/Erin Larner from #23 Northwestern and #31 Cassie Mercer and Skylar Morton from #12 Virginia. They are 9-1 in their last 10 matches and are on a six match win streak.
Dominant in Doubles
The Yellow Jackets have won the doubles point in 16 of 21 matches and are 11-5 when winning the doubles point. The Jackets are 2-3 when losing the doubles point and came back to defeat #32 Notre Dame and #17 Duke after dropping the doubles point. Tech won the doubles point against #38 Columbia, #59 USF, #31 Tennessee, NC State, Louisville, Wake Forest, #34 Virginia Tech, #23 Northwestern, #49 Boston College, Pitt and Syracuse on its way to winning the match. The Jackets won the doubles point against #19 Oklahoma State, #3 Georgia, #67 Florida State, #22 Clemson and #12 Virginia but fell in those matches.
Out of Georgia Tech’s 21 dual match opponents, 16 have been ranked in the top 75 of the ITA’s weekly rankings. The Yellow Jackets have faced five top-20 teams, including the #1 team, North Carolina, and #3 Georgia. Georgia Tech has gone 8-8 against teams ranked in the top 75 in the ITA rankings.
Georgia Tech has picked up eight wins against ranked opponents -#17 Duke, #23 Northwestern, #31 Tennessee, #32 Notre Dame, #34 Virginia Tech, #38 Columbia, #49 Boston College and #59 USF.
Jackets in the Rankings
The Yellow Jackets check in at #27 this week in the ITA Rankings. The Jackets have two singles players and one doubles duos ranked.
Freshman moved up two spots to #53 in the singles rankings this week. Hourigan is 11-4 on court two in singles and is 13-6 in dual match play. She is 5-5 against nationally ranked players. Freshman is ranked at #102. Renaud 10-11 so far this spring and has played mainly on court one, gong 8-9.
Hourigan and junior are ranked at #16 in the doubles rankings. Hourgian and Woodard are 13-1 on both courts one and two and have defeated five nationally ranked opponents, including the #3-ranked doubles pair from Clemson.