April 17, 2016
THE FLATS – The No. 16 Georgia Tech women’s tennis squad fell to No. 2 North Carolina by a score of 4-3 on Sunday, dropping to 16-7 overall and 11-3 in ACC play. However, the 13th-ranked doubles pairing of Kendal Woodard and Paige Hourigan of Georgia Tech defeated the No. 1 pairing of Hayley Carter and Whitney Kay of North Carolina by a score of 6-1.
“It was a really tough match today,” head coach Rodney Harmon said. “It came down to three sets on a few different courts. It was 4-3 defeat to the team that’s going to be No. 1 on Tuesday when the rankings come out. I thought we played well. We played well against a really Duke team on Friday and played well today against UNC. Special congratulations go out to our seniors, who had really good days. Kendal (Woodard) played well in doubles, and she played very well in singles, which was key. I though Paige (Hourigan) played well I doubles and in singles, as well. I think going into the ACC Tournament it’s very important to good tennis, so we’re excited about that. We have a lot of work to do before we leave on Thursday to go over to Cary, N.C. for the ACC Tournament.”
The Jackets got off to a very good start in Sunday’s match, taking the doubles point from North Carolina. Doubles play included a 6-1 Woodard/Hourigan victory over the No. 1 one pairing in the country, North Carolina’s Hayley Carter and Whitney Kay. The doubles point was clinched when Rasheeda McAdoo and Johnnise Renaud defeated Cassandra Vazquez and Jessie Aney of North Carolina by a score of 6-4.
The Jackets took a 2-0 advantage when Kendal Woodard defeated Chloe Ouellet-Pizer by a score of 6-3, 6-2. The Tar Heels then tied the match with a pair of victories over Alexis Prokopuik and Renaud before Hourigan regained the lead for the Jackets with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 over No. 39 Whitney Kay. North Carolina then put the match a way with a pair of three set victories.
Georgia Tech will be the No. 3 seed in the ACC Tournament and will play at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 22.
Georgia Tech Women’s Tennis
North Carolina vs Georgia Tech (Apr 17, 2016)
#2 North Carolina 4, #16 Georgia Tech 3
Apr 17, 2016 at Atlanta, Ga. (Ken Byers Tennis Complex)
1. #1 Hayley Carter (NC) def. #34 Johnnise Renaud (GT) 6-2, 7-6 (7-1)
2. #49 Paige Hourigan (GT) def. #39 Whitney Kay (NC) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
3. #55 Jessie Aney (NC) def. Rasheeda McAdoo (GT) 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
4. Kendal Woodard (GT) def. Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (NC) 6-3, 6-2
5. Marika Akkerman (NC) def. Alexis Prokopuik (GT) 6-1, 6-3
6. Ashley Dai (NC) def. Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer (GT) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
1. #13 Kendal Woodard/Paige Hourigan (GT) def. #1 Hayley Carter/Whitney Kay (NC) 6-1
2. Rasheeda McAdoo/Johnnise Renaud (GT) def. Cassandra Vazquez/Jessie Aney (NC) 6-4
3. Megan Kurey/Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer (GT) vs. Ashley Dai/Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (NC) 4-5, unfinished
North Carolina 26-2 (14-0); National ranking #2
Georgia Tech 16-7 (11-3); National ranking #16
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,5,1,3,2,6)