April 14, 2016
THE FLATS – The No. 16 Georgia Tech women’s tennis team will be back at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex this weekend as it hosts No. 8 Duke on Friday and No. 2 North Carolina for Senior Day on Sunday. Seniors Megan Kurey, Natasha Prokhnevska and Kendal Woodard will be playing their final home matches this weekend.
“Obviously, this is the last weekend of the season for ACC dual matches before the ACC Tournament, and our goal this weekend is to develop some momentum going into the tournament,” head coach Rodney Harmon said. “We’re looking at the matches against Duke and Carolina as an opportunity to go out and play the kind of tennis that we really need to play to make sure that we go into the ACC Tournament playing at our best level. That’s really the purpose of this weekend.”
The Jackets are guaranteed a pair of byes in the ACC Tournament due to a two-game advantage and a head-to-head win over Clemson, but a victory over Duke (17-4, 10-2) on Friday would guarantee that the Jackets would be at worst a three-seed.
“We’ve been practicing well, so we’re just looking forward to hopefully pushing forward through this last weekend,” Harmon added. “It’s been a long season, but there’s a lot more to go for us. We’re looking forward to getting ready to go.”
Friday’s match will begin at 3 p.m., and Sunday’s game will begin at 12 p.m. Live stats for both matches can be followed at http://buzz.gt/LiveStatsWTEN.
Facing Ranked Opponents
The Yellow Jackets are 9-6 when facing ranked opponents so far this season, with their most recent matchup resulting in a win at then-No. 45 Notre Dame. Five of the six losses were to top-25 teams.
The Yellow Jackets have won the doubles point in 15 matches this season and are 14-1 when taking the first point of the match. Tech’s only loss after taking the doubles point came on 4/1 when the Jackets fell at Virginia Tech by a score of 4-3.