March 13, 2015
The #51 Georgia Tech women’s tennis team (5-4, 2-1 ACC) continues ACC play on Sunday, hosting #14 Miami (8-2, 4-0 ACC) at 10:30 a.m. at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex. The first 100 fans in attendance will receive a free t-shirt from the Georgia Tech marketing department.
Scouting the Opponent
#14 Miami (8-2, 4-0 ACC)
Series: Georgia Tech leads, 11-9
Sunday’s meeting against the Hurricanes will mark the 21st match between the two schools. Georgia Tech won nine-straight matches against the Hurricanes from the years of 2001 to 2009, but Miami has won six of the past eight contests. Miami currently sits atop the ACC with a perfect 4-0 conference record, after defeating three teams by a score of 7-0 (Wake Forest, Clemson and Syracuse) and edging Boston College, 5-2. Ranked at #14, the Hurricanes will be the fourth top-20 team the Jackets have faced this season.
Five of Miami’s singles players are ranked, including number seven Stephanie Wagner who is 5-1 on court one this season. The Hurricanes also have a doubles duo that checks in in the top 10. Lina Lileikite and Wagner are ranked #8 after going 4-3 this duel match and 4-2 on court one.
Who clinched the match?
In Georgia Tech’s five wins this season, four different Yellow Jackets have clinched the deciding point. Junior Natasha Prokhnevska clinched a team-best two matches at the number three singles spot against #59 South Florida and NC State. Sophomore Rasheeda McAdoo also clinched a match on court three, defeating her opponent against #18 Columbia. Freshman Paige Hourigan won the deciding match against #31 Tennessee on court one. Most recently, junior Kendal Woodard’s win on court four against Louisville secured Georgia Tech’s victory.
The #51 Jackets currently check in at seventh in the ACC standings after competing in three ACC matches thus far. #14 Miami and #20 Duke are tied for first with 4-0 records while #1 North Carolina has a 3-0 conference record. #15 Clemson and #5 Virginia both have posted 4-1 records and #28 Notre Dame is 3-1 so far.
Dominant in Doubles
The Yellow Jackets have won the doubles point in seven of nine matches and are 5-2 when winning the doubles point. The Jackets are 0-2 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.
Freshman Paige Hourigan checks 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. Freshman is 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 junior check in at #35 in the doubles rankings after going undefeated this season at 4-0 on both courts one and two. Freshman and sophomore are 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 sophomore and Prokopuik check in at #50.
The Yellow Jackets continue its homestand, hosting #72 Florida State on Tuesday at 2 p.m. and Notre Dame on Sunday, March 22 at noon.