Feb. 27, 2015
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The #27 Georgia Tech women’s tennis team (3-4, 0-1 ACC) suffered a 5-2 loss at #1 North Carolina (12-0, 2-0 ACC) this evening at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in its ACC opener.
“I think after our match with Georgia we did a little soul searching and we revamped a bit of our practices and some of our parts of our program,” head coach Rodney Harmon said. “I felt like the changes that we made made a big difference today. We didn’t get a good start in doubles, we lost the doubles point. I felt like we competed very, very well in doubles. In singles we had some really close matches at some spots.”
Georgia Tech faced tough competition against the top-ranked team in the country for each singles and doubles team is ranked in the ITA rankings. The Yellow Jackets started off the match down 1-0 after losing the doubles point for only the second time this season.
On court two, sophomores Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer and Rasheeda McAdoo dropped their match to #20 Ashley Dai and Kate Vialle, 8-5. Junior Kendal Woodard and freshman Johnnise Renaud also fell in their match, 8-5, to #11 Caroline Price and Jamie Loeb at the number one spot. Junior Megan Kurey and freshman Paige Hourigan played together on court three but their match went unfinished against #22 Hayley Carter and Whitney Kay after the doubles point was clinched by the Tar Heels.
North Carolina quickly jumped ahead, 3-0, with two singles wins on courts one and three. The #8-ranked player in the nation, Loeb, handed #57 Hourigan her first dual match loss of the season with a 6-2, 6-1 win. On court three, #15 Price recorded a 6-2, 6-3 victory against junior Natasha Prokhnevska.
“I’m really proud of Kendal and Alexa who both played extremely well and fought really hard,” Harmon said. “They went out against really tough opponents. Alexa was down match point in the third set and came back and won the tiebreaker. She competed very, very well. I think we played well against the number one team in the country but we can’t be happy with that. We have to continue to work hard and to continue to get better because we play so many top teams.”
Woodard tallied the first point for the Yellow Jackets with a win on court four against #76 Kay. Woodard battled it out with Kay in set one, winning, 7-5, before cruising to a 6-2 win in set two during her first win against a ranked opponent this season.
The Tar Heels clinched the match on court two after #19 Carter defeated #67 Reanud. Renaud came out strong, winning set one, 6-4. Carter rebounded to win the next two sets, 6-3, 6-3. Kurey also suffered a three-set loss to #68 Dai on court five. Dai took set one 6-1, but Kurey responded with a 6-4 win in the second set. Dai took the match with a 6-1 win in the third frame.
Anton-Ohlmeyer preserved her undefeated dual match record after winning against #116 Kate Vialle on court six. Anton-Ohlmeyer, who is 3-0 in dual matches, won the first set against Vialle, 6-1. Vialle edged Anton-Ohlmeyer 7-5 in the second set. With the score of set three tied at 6-6, Anton-Ohlmeyer won the tiebreaker 6-0 to give the Jackets’ their second point of the night.
The Jackets continue play in North Carolina this weekend, traveling to NC State on Sunday at noon.
Tennis Match Results
Georgia Tech vs North Carolina
Feb 27, 2015 at Chapel Hill, N.C.
(Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)
#1 North Carolina 5, #27 Georgia Tech 2
1. #8 Jamie Loeb (NC) def. #57 Paige Hourigan (GT) 6-2, 6-1
2. #19 Hayley Carter (NC) def. #67 Johnnise Renaud (GT) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
3. #15 Caroline Price (NC) def. Natasha Prokhnevska (GT) 6-2, 6-3
4. Kendal Woodard (GT) def. #76 Whitney Kay (NC) 7-5, 6-2
5. #68 Ashley Dai (NC) def. Megan Kurey (GT) 6-1, 4-6, 6-1
6. Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer (GT) def. #116 Kate Vialle (NC) 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (6-0)
1. #11 Caroline Price/Jamie Loeb (NC) def. Kendal Woodard/Johnnise Renaud (GT) 8-5
2. #20 Ashley Dai/Kate Vialle (NC) def. Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer/Rasheeda McAdoo (GT) 8-5
3. #22 Hayley Carter/Whitney Kay (NC) vs. Megan Kurey/Paige Hourigan (GT) 7-4, unfinished
Georgia Tech 3-4, 0-1; National ranking #27
North Carolina 12-0, 2-0; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,3,4,2,5,6)