April 3, 2015
THE FLATS — The #36 Georgia Tech women’s tennis team (9-6, 6-3 ACC) rolled to its fourth-straight victory and 15th-straight against Virginia Tech (12-6, 4-5) after blanking the Hokies, 7-0, on Friday afternoon at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex.
“I thought we played really well,” head coach Rodney Harmon said. “Virginia Tech is playing well and they are a really good team. They just came off of beating Miami which is a huge win for them. We knew coming in that it was going to be a very tough match. I think our girls came in and had a lot of energy and enthusiasm. They played really well in doubles and it carried over to singles. I was very happy with our effort.”
The win marked Georgia Tech’s third victory against a higher ranked opponent in the past four matches, which included victories against #32 Notre Dame and #17 Duke.
“We have a really tough match tomorrow at Clemson so we have to play at the same level tomorrow against a really good team,” Harmon said. “We are coming down to a really big stretch for us so we need to keep playing, keep working hard and focus on one match at a time.”
The #22 ranked duo of junior Kendal Woodard and freshman Paige Hourigan blanked Kelly Williford and Raluca Mita, 8-0, on court one to put Georgia Tech ahead in the doubles race. Woodard and Hourigan own a team-best 3-1 record in ACC doubles this season.
On court three, freshman Johnnise Renaud and sophomore Rasheeda McAdoo took a 3-2 lead, which they then turned into a 7-2 advantage against Elena Cerezo-Codina and Sansitha Nandakumar. The Hokies won the next game to make it 7-3, but Renaud and McAdoo secured the doubles point for the Jackets by winning the next game to make it 8-3.
Junior Megan Kurey and sophomore Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer were ahead 5-4 in their match against Caroline Daxhelet and Francesca Fusinato on court two before the doubles point was clinched in favor of Georgia Tech.
In singles, every Yellow Jacket won their first set. Anton-Ohlmeyer was the first Jacket to score a point in singles, rolling to a 6-1, 6-1 victory on court six against Nandakumar. Anton-Ohlmeyer has now won four straight singles matches.
A 6-1, 6-2 victory on court four from freshman Alexis Prokopuik against Williford gave Georgia Tech the 3-0 lead and put them in position to clinch the match.
#92 Renaud capitalized on Georgia Tech’s position and secured the Jackets’ fourth-straight victory after defeating #106 Stoica, 6-2, 6-2, at the number one spot.
Hourigan kept it rolling in singles, not letting #86 Fusinato win one game in set one and cruising to a 6-0 victory. Set two was closer between the two opponents, but Hourigan won the second frame, 6-4, on court two.
Kurey battled it out with Mita on court five to a 6-6 tie in the first set. Kurey then cruised to a 7-1 victory in the breaker. Mita forced a tiebreaker after winning set two, 6-2. In the tiebreaker, Kurey edged Mita, 10-5, to give the Jackets the 6-0 lead.
Shortly after Kurey’s win, Woodard made it 7-0 in favor of Georgia Tech after dropping Cerezo-Codina, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) at the number three spot.
The Yellow Jackets are back in action on Saturday, traveling to #22 Clemson at 2:30 p.m.
Tennis Match Results
Virginia Tech vs Georgia Tech
Apr 03, 2015 at Atlanta, Ga.
(Ken Byers Tennis Complex)
#36 Georgia Tech 7, #34 Virginia Tech 0
1. #92 Johnnise Renaud (GT) def. #106 Ilinca Stoica (VT) 6-2, 6-2
2. #70 Paige Hourigan (GT) def. #86 Francesca Fusinato (VT) 6-0, 6-4
3. Kendal Woodard (GT) def. Elena Cerezo-Codina (VT) 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
4. Alexis Prokopuik (GT) def. Kelly Williford (VT) 6-1, 6-2
5. Megan Kurey (GT) def. Raluca Mita (VT) 7-6 (7-1), 2-6, 1-0 (10-5)
6. Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer (GT) def. Sansitha Nandakumar (VT) 6-1, 6-1
1. #22 Kendal Woodard/Paige Hourigan (GT) def. Kelly Williford/Raluca Mita (VT) 8-0
2. Megan Kurey/Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer (GT) vs. Caroline Daxhelet/Francesca Fusinato (VT) 5-4, unfinished
3. Johnnise Renaud/Rasheeda McAdoo (GT) def. Elena Cerezo-Codina/Sansitha Nandakumar (VT) 8-3
Virginia Tech 12-6, 4-5 ACC; National ranking #34
Georgia Tech 9-6, 6-3 ACC; National ranking #36
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (6,4,1,2,5,3)