March 26, 2013
Please note: Due to the re-paving of Fowler Street, all fans will need to park in either the McCamish or O’Keefe lots for Wednesday’s match. To access the McCamish lot, if you are heading west on 10th Street, pass the 75/85 connector and make a left before Fowler Street into the McCamish Lot. If you are heading east on 10th Street, after passing Fowler Street, make a right into the McCamish Lot. The driveway is just before the 75/85 overpass.
THE FLATS – The Georgia Tech women’s tennis team will host the Northwestern Wildcats at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex in the Yellow Jackets’ final non-conference match of the 2013 season.
Georgia Tech enters the mid-week match with a 6-6 overall mark and ranked No. 30. Northwestern comes to Atlanta with an 8-6 record and ranked No. 11. The Wildcats have dropped two straight 4-3 matches, at No. 10 Nebraska and at home vs. No. 1 North Carolina, after winning their previous three outings.
The Wildcats lead the Jackets 6-4 in the all-time series, but Tech has won the past two meetings, including a dramatic 5-2 come-from-behind win over ninth-ranked Northwestern last year in Evanston.
Last season, Northwestern went up 2-0 after winning the doubles point and getting a singles victory from Vernoica Corning over Lynn Blau at No. 4 singles. Jasmine Minor started the rally with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Linda Abu Mushrefova on court five.
Alex Anghelescu evened the team score with a two-set win over Nida Hamilton at No. 6 singles and Jillian O’Neill gave the Jackets their first lead with a comeback three-set win at the top of the lineup. Elizabeth Kilborn clinched the Tech victory with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 win over No. 45 ranked Brittany Wowchuk at No. 2. Viet Ha Ngo provided the final margin of victory with a three-set victory of her own on court three.
Kilborn enters Wednesday’s match as the highest ranked Yellow Jacket at No. 69. Freshman Kendal Woodard is also ranked at No. 112. Northwestern senior Kate Turvy, No. 64, and junior Belinda Niu, ranked No. 125, are the only Wildcats ranked in singles.
The Yellow Jackets’ top doubles pair of Woodard and Megan Kurey are ranked No. 79. The freshman duo is 15-4 overall and 11-1 in dual match play this spring. Northwestern’s No. 1 doubles side of Linda Abu Mushrefova and Nida Hamilton is ranked No. 8 nationally.
Fans are encouraged to follow Georgia Tech women’s tennis on Twitter, @GT_WTEN, and like the Yellow Jackets on Facebook, GTWomensTennis, for an inside look at the program.