Oct. 4, 2012
THE FLATS – The Georgia Tech women’s tennis team will be back in action Friday, Oct. 5 and Saturday, Oct. 6, when the Yellow Jackets play in the Roberta Alison Fall Classic hosted by the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Freshmen Megan Kurey, Natasha Prokhnevska and Kendal Woodard, along with sophomore Jasmine Minor will compete in the flighted tournament. Play on Friday will begin with doubles at 9 a.m. CT to be followed by two rounds of singles play. Saturday will also begin at 9 a.m. CT with two rounds of doubles and one round of singles. Competition will only be held on Sunday in case of inclement weather.
In addition to Tech and host Alabama, five SEC schools, three ACC schools and a pair of Big Ten schools will be among those competing.
“It’s important for our players to get as much tournament play and as much match play in before the USTA/ITA Regionals in two weeks, which is really the marquee event in the fall for us,” head coach Rodney Harmon said. “We then have the Illinois Invitational after that so we have two more really important events coming up before we have a big gap and then the spring season starts. We need to get as much play in as we can, as much competition as we can against the best players in the country so that we’re prepared for the dual match season.”
In Tech’s first fall competition, Prokhnevska didn’t lose a set in singles and finished the weekend with a 3-0 record. Woodard won her first two matches before falling in three sets in her weekend finale and Minor went 1-2 with a tough three-set victory. Kurey didn’t play during the first weekend and Harmon is looking forward to having the freshman join the Tech lineup.
“I think Georgia State for us was an important event because it gave us an accurate picture of where each player was in their game at that time,” Harmon said. “We’ve made adjustments in our individual lessons, in our team practices and in our fitness to account for some things that we saw at Georgia State. I think those things have really been helpful for us in all three areas. We’re looking forward to seeing how we do at this tournament, and we’ll make some adjustments going forward until we feel like we have the perfect setup.”
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