April 4, 2015
CLEMSON, S.C.- The #36 Georgia Tech women’s tennis team (9-7, 6-4 ACC) was edged by #22 Clemson (13-7, 8-3 ACC), 4-3, at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center on Saturday afternoon.
“It was a huge fight between the two teams and it was very good tennis,” head coach Rodney Harmon said. “It was really a battle. In doubles we came out and played really well. Kendal and Paige beat the third ranked team in the country which clinched the doubles point for us. It was very, very close and we just couldn’t find that third singles point. It was a really well played match. I think it gave the girls a lot of confidence going into a big match Wednesday against Northwestern.”
The Yellow Jackets took an early 1-0 lead thanks to excellent doubles play against Clemson. On court two, the doubles tandem of Anton-Ohlmeyer Kurey stayed undefeated at 2-0 after edging the #76th-ranked pair of Tristen Dewar and Romy Koelzer, 8-5.
Not soon after, the #22-ranked pair of freshman Paige Hourigan and junior Kendal Woodard pulled an 8-4 upset of #3 Beatrice Gumulya and Jessy Rompies to give the Yellow Jackets a 1-0 advantage heading into singles play. Hourigan and Woodard have now won three doubles matches against ranked opponents and are 8-1 in dual match play.
The Tigers then went ahead 2-1 after notching two singles wins on court three and four. At the number three spot, #84 Beatrice Gumulya defeated Woodard in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, while freshman Alexis Prokopuik fell to #119 Jessy Rompies.
Kurey’s win on court six against Daniela Ruiz, 6-2, 6-4, knotted the score back up again at 2-2.
The Tigers would then clinch the match after back-to-back three set wins at the number one and two positions.
#92 Renaud defeated #35 Koelzer 6-4 in the first set, but Koelzer came back to win the next two sets, 6-4, 6-2, on court one. After #19 Eiudkontye won the first set 6-3, #70 Hourigan rallied to win set two, 6-3. Eidukonyte took set three, 6-4, and clinched the win for Clemson.
Anton-Ohlmeyer added another point for the Yellow Jackets, coming back from losing set one to Dewar, 6-1, to win set two and three, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.
The Yellow Jackets return home to the Ken Byers Tennis Complex for three straight matches, hosting Northwestern on Wednesday, April 8 at 3 p.m., Boston College on Friday, April 10 at 4 p.m. and Virginia on Sunday, April 12 at noon.
Tennis Match Results
Georgia Tech vs Clemson
4/4/2015 at Clemson, S.C.
(Hoke Sloan Tennis Center)
#22 Clemson 4, #36 Georgia Tech 3
1. #35 Romy Koelzer (CU) def. #92 Johnnise Renaud (GT) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
2. #19 Joana Eidukonyte (CU) def. #70 Paige Hourigan (GT) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
3. #84 Beatrice Gumulya (CU) def. Kendal Woodard (GT) 6-2, 6-2
4. #119 Jessy Rompies (CU) def. Alexis Prokopuik (GT) 6-2, 6-4
5. Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer (GT) def. Tristen Dewar (CU) 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
6. Megan Kurey (GT) def. Daniela Ruiz (CU) 6-2, 6-4
1. #22 Paige Hourigan/Kendal Woodard (GT) def. #3 Beatrice Gumulya/Jessy Rompies (CU) 8-4
2. Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer/Megan Kurey (GT) def. #76 Tristen Dewar/Romy Koelzer (CU) 8-5
3. Joana Eidukonyte/Daniela Ruiz (CU) vs. Rasheeda McAdoo/Johnnise Renaud (GT) 6-7, unfinished
Georgia Tech 9-7, 6-4 ACC; National ranking #36
Clemson 13-7, 8-3 ACC; National ranking #22
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (3,4,6,1,2,5)