March 29, 2015
DURHAM, N.C. – The #45 Georgia Tech women’s tennis team (8-6, 5-3 ACC) upset #17 Duke (12-6, 7-1 ACC), 4-3, on Sunday afternoon at the Ambler Tennis Center.
“It was a very hard fought match,” head coach Rodney Harmon said. “Both teams competed really hard. We lost the doubles point in a tiebreaker on court three but we came out and played very well in singles.”
The Yellow Jackets handed Duke its first conference loss of the season while winning its third-straight against the Blue Devils.
Georgia Tech started off the match down 1-0 after a hard fought doubles session. Sophomore Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer and junior Megan Kurey paired up to defeat Ester Goldfeld and Alyssa Smith, 8-4, on court two.
The Jackets then fell in the next two doubles matches on courts one and three. #22 junior Kendal Woodard and freshman Paige Hourigan lost their first doubles match of the dual match season, falling to Annie Mulholland and Samantha Harris, 8-5, at the number one spot. In a tight match on court three, sophomore Rasheeda McAdoo and freshman Johnnise Renuad lost, 8-7 (7-2).
Losing the doubles point did not deter the Jackets.
Woodard quickly tied up the score, 1-1, after defeating #55 Samantha Harris it two quick sets, 6-3, 6-4, on court three.
The Blue Devils would then take a 3-1 lead. #109 Rachel Kahan dropped freshman Alexis Prokopuik, 6-4, 6-1. On court four, #92 Renaud also fell in two sets, 6-3, 6-1, on court one to Capra.
That’s when the Yellow Jacket rally began. Kurey cut the Jackets’ deficit to one after claiming a 7-5, 6-4, victory on court six against Chalena Scholl.
On court two, #70 Hourigan fell in her first set, 6-2, to #38 Goldfeld but bounced back in set two to blank Goldfeld, 6-0. Hourigan then cruised to a 6-3 win in the third set to knot the score at 3-3.
The match came down to court five where Anton-Ohlmeyer faced Mulholland. Anton-Ohlmeyer defeated Mulholland, 6-3, in set one. Set two was close, but Anton-Ohlmeyer stayed ahead to edge Mulholland, 7-5, and clinch the victory for the Jackets.
The Yellow Jackets return home to the Ken Byers Tennis Complex on April 3 to host Virginia Tech at 2 p.m. before heading to Clemson on April 4 at 2:30 p.m.
Tennis Match Results
Georgia Tech vs Duke
Mar 29, 2015 at Durham, N.C.
(Ambler Tennis Stadium)
#45 Georgia Tech 4, #17 Duke 3
1. Beatrice Capra (DU) def. #92 Johnnise Renaud (GT) 6-3, 6-1
2. #70 Paige Hourigan (GT) def. #38 Ester Goldfeld (DU) 2-6, 6-0, 6-3
3. Kendal Woodard (GT) def. #55 Samantha Harris (DU) 6-3, 6-4
4. #109 Rachel Kahan (DU) def. Alexis Prokopuik (GT) 6-4, 6-1
5. Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer (GT) def. Annie Mulholland (DU) 6-3, 7-5
6. Megan Kurey (GT) def. Chalena Scholl (DU) 7-5, 6-4
1. Annie Mulholland/Samantha Harris (DU) def. #22 Kendal Woodard/Paige Hourigan (GT) 8-5
2. Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer/Megan Kurey (GT) def. Ester Goldfeld/Alyssa Smith (DU) 8-4
3. Beatrice Capra/Rachel Kahan (DU) def. Rasheeda McAdoo/Johnnise Renaud (GT) 8-7 (7-2)
Georgia Tech 8-6, 5-3 ACC; National ranking #45
Duke 12-6, 7-1 ACC; National ranking #17
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (3,4,1,6,2,5)