March 17, 2015
THE FLATS- The #57 Georgia Tech women’s team (5-6, 2-3 ACC) lost a tight match to #67 Florida State (8-5, 2-3 ACC), 4-3, on Tuesday afternoon at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex.
“It was a really tough match,” head coach Rodney Harmon said. “Both teams fought hard. I give Florida State full credit. They battled throughout the match. I thought we played well in doubles and were able to sneak out a doubles point. We weren’t able to get enough traction on enough of the courts in singles. I thought Paige played really well and Alexis played extremely well. I thought Megan and Natasha competed well but their opponents were able to hit just one more ball than they were able to and we lost a tough one. We are going to have to take a little time off, get ready and get refocused for Notre Dame on Sunday.”
The Yellow Jackets took a 1-0 lead in the match after a true battle in doubles. All three courts were at match point in favor the Seminoles, but the Tech duos on courts one and three hung tough to clinch the doubles point for the Jackets.
On court two, #61 sophomore Rasheeda McAdoo and freshman Alexis Prokopuik trailed, 7-4, to #54 Emily Fanning and Gabriella Castaneda. McAdoo and Prokopuik won the next two games to make it 7-6, but the Seminoles’ duo won the next game to give FSU the first doubles win of the match, 8-6.
At the number three spot freshman Johnnise Renaud and junior Natasha Prokhnevska trailed to Daniela Schippers and Yukako Noi the whole match until they rallied from being down 7-5 to even up the match 7-7. Renaud and Prokhnevska then cruised to a 7-4 win in the tiebreaker to even up doubles, 1-1.
On court one, #35 junior Kendal Woodard and freshman Paige Hourigan led 6-3 but Daneika Borthwick and Kerrie Cartwright evened up the score 6-6 and then jumped ahead, 7-6. The Jackets duo tied up the score at seven all and then went on to win the tiebreaker, 7-5, to clinch the doubles point for Georgia Tech.
The Seminoles tied up the match, 1-1, after #99 Borthwick defeated #92 Renaud, 6-0, 6-4, at the number one position.
On court two, #64 Hourigan was next to finish up, tallying a win for the Yellow Jackets against #89 Cartwright. Down 2-1 in the first set, Hourigan won the next five games to take set one. She then recorded another 6-2 victory in set two to put the Jackets up, 2-1.
Prokopuik secured Tech’s third point of the day with a victory on court six against Schippers. The first set went to a tiebreaker after it was tied 6-6. With the tiebreaker even at 2-2, Prokopuik won the next four points to go ahead, 6-2. Prokopuik went on to win the tiebreaker, 7-3. She then rattled off six straight games to win 6-0 in the second set.
Shortly after Prokopuik’s win, Woodard fell in her match on court four to Castaneda. Castaneda won the first set 6-4 and was at match point, 5-2, in set two before Woodard won three-straight to make it 5-5. Casteneda bounced back to win the next two games and cut Georgia Tech’s lead to one, 3-2.
The matches on courts three and five were the last to finish up.
On court five, junior Megan Kurey faced Emily Fanning. Kurey was down 3-1 in set one but came back to win the next five games to win the first set 6-3. In set two, Kurey lost to Fanning 6-3. Set three was a close one between the two opponents. Down 5-4, Kurey battled to tie it up 5-5 and went up 6-5. It was then Fanning’s turn to tie the set up at 6-6. Fanning defeated Kurey in the tiebreaker, 7-3, to even up the score.
Mere seconds later, Prokhnevska dropped a match that featured two tiebreakers to #114 Noi. Noi won set one by a score of 7-6 (7-2). The second set was just as close, reaching a 6-6 tie, but Noi won the tiebreaker battle, 13-11.
Next up, the Yellow Jackets continue play at home, hosting Notre Dame on Sunday at noon.
Tennis Match Results
Florida State University vs Georgia Tech
Mar 17, 2015 at Atlanta, Ga.
(Ken Byers Tennis Complex)
#67 Florida State University 4, #57 Georgia Tech 3
1. #99 Daneika Borthwick (FS) def. #92 Johnnise Renaud (GT) 6-0, 6-4
2. #64 Paige Hourigan (GT) def. #89 Kerrie Cartwright (FS) 6-2, 6-2
3. #114 Yukako Noi (FS) def. Natasha Prokhnevska (GT) 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (13-11)
4. Gabriella Castaneda (FS) def. Kendal Woodard (GT) 6-4, 7-5
5. Emily Fanning (FS) def. Megan Kurey (GT) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
6. Alexis Prokopuik (GT) def. Daniela Schippers (FS) 7-6 (7-3), 6-0
1. #35 Kendal Woodard/Paige Hourigan (GT) def. Daneika Borthwick/Kerrie Cartwright (FS) 8-7 (7-5)
2. #54 Emily Fanning/Gabriella Castaneda (FS) def. #61 Rasheeda McAdoo/Alexis Prokopuik (GT) 8-6
3. Johnnise Renaud/Natasha Prokhnevska (GT) def. Daniela Schippers/Yukako Noi (FS) 8-7 (7-4)
Florida State University 8-5, 2-3 ACC; National ranking #67
Georgia Tech 5-6, 2-3 ACC; National ranking #57
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (1,2,6,4,5,3)