March 16, 2015
THE FLATS – The #51 Georgia Tech women’s tennis team (5-5, 2-2 ACC) is back in action on Tuesday when it hosts #72 Florida State (7-5, 1-3 ACC) at 2 p.m. at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex.
Scouting the Opponent
#72 Florida State (7-5, 1-3 ACC)
Series: Florida State leads, 18-12
The Yellow Jackets have won 10 out of the past 13 meetings against the Seminoles, including three-straight victories. Last season, the Jackets defeated #34 Florida State, 5-2, in Tallahassee. The Seminoles are 1-3 in ACC play, picking up a win against Wake Forest but falling to Clemson, Virginia Tech and Virginia. Three singles players from Florida State are ranked – #89 Kerrie Cartwright, #99 Daneika Borthwick and #114 Yukako Noi. In doubles, Gabriella Castaneda and Emily Fanning check in at #54. Borthwick is 6-3 at the number one spot and Cartwright is 6-4 on court two.
Spotlight on Megan Kurey
In Georgia Tech’s 6-1 loss vs. #14 Miami, junior Megan Kurey notched Georgia Tech’s only point, winning her singles match on court four. Kurey battled it out against #63 Clementina Riobueno, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 1-0 (10-4). The win marked Kurey’s first win against a nationally ranked opponent this season. In dual matches Kurey is 3-3 in singles and has gone 1-1 in ACC play. Kurey has also recorded a 2-1 mark in doubles, going 2-0 alongside freshman Paige Hourigan on courts two and three.
Out of Georgia Tech’s 10 dual match opponents, eight have been ranked in the top 75 of the ITA’s weekly rankings. The Yellow Jackets have faced four top-20 teams, including the #1 team, North Carolina, and #3 Georgia. Tech’s next three opponents are ranked – #72 Florida State, #28 Notre Dame and #35 Northwestern.
The #51 Jackets currently check in at seventh in the ACC standings after competing in four ACC matches thus far. #1 North Carolina, #14 Miami and #20 Duke are tied for first with 5-0 records while #5 Virginia has a 4-0 conference record. #15 Clemson has posted a 4-1 record and #28 Notre Dame is 4-2 so far.
Who clinched the match?
In Georgia Tech’s five wins this season, four different Yellow Jackets have clinched the deciding point. Juniorclinched a team-best two matches at the number three singles spot against #59 South Florida and NC State. Sophomorealso clinched a match on court three, defeating her opponent against #18 Columbia. Freshmanwon the deciding match against #31 Tennessee on court one. Most recently, junior win on court four against Louisville secured Georgia Tech’s victory.
Dominant in Doubles
The Yellow Jackets have won the doubles point in seven of 10 matches and are 5-2 when winning the doubles point. The Jackets are 0-3 when losing the doubles point. Tech won the doubles point against #38 Columbia, #59 USF, #31 Tennessee, NC State and Louisville on its way to winning the match. The Jackets won the doubles point against #19 Oklahoma State and #3 Georgia, but fell in both matches.
Jackets in the Rankings
The Yellow Jackets moved up a few spots to #51 in this week’s ITA rankings after being ranked #56 last week. The Jackets have two singles players and three doubles duos ranked.
Freshmanchecks in at #64 in the singles rankings this week. Hourigan is a perfect 3-0 on court two in singles and is 5-2 in dual match play. She has gone 2-2 on court one. Freshmanis the #92 ranked singles player. Renaud 4-5 so far this spring and has played at both the number one and two positions. She has won two-straight singles matches.
Hourigan and juniorcheck in at #35 in the doubles rankings after going undefeated this season at 4-0 on both courts one and two. Freshman and sophomoreare ranked #61 with a 1-2 dual match record on court two. The duo picked up a win against the 13thranked doubles team against Georgia. The doubles tandem of sophomoreand Prokopuik check in at #50.
The Yellow Jackets continue its homestand, hosting #28 Notre Dame on Sunday at noon.