Sept. 18, 2014
THE FLATS – The Georgia Tech women’s tennis team begins its fall season at home this year, welcoming LSU, Georgia State and N.C. State to the Flats for the Georgia Tech Invitational.
Competition will be played at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex from Friday until Sunday. Below is the schedule of events.
|Fri., Sept. 19||2 pm||Georgia Tech/NC State (Doubles)|
|LSU/Georgia State (Doubles)|
|3:30 pm||Georgia Tech/LSU (Singles)|
|NC State/Georgia State (Singles)|
|Sat., Sept. 20||10 am||Georgia Tech/Georgia State (Doubles)|
|NC State/LSU (Doubles)|
|11:30 am||Georgia Tech/NC State (Singles)|
|LSU/Georgia State (Singles)|
|Sun., Sept. 21||9 am||Georgia Tech/LSU (Doubles)|
|NC State/Georgia State (Doubles)|
|10:30 am||Georgia Tech/Georgia State (Singles)|
|LSU/NC State (Singles)|
All four of the teams competing in the Georgia Tech Invitational finished the 2014-15 season ranked in the ITA NCAA Division I poll. The Yellow Jackets led the pack finishing ranked #18, while LSU checked in at #42, Georgia State at #55 and N.C. State at #75.
Five members of the Georgia Tech women’s tennis team were featured on the 2014 ITA Division I Women’s Preseason Rankings. Freshman was tabbed as the number seven player on the ITA’s newcomer/freshman rankings and was also selected to the prequalifying singles draw of the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships. Two Yellow Jacket doubles teams were featured on the preseason rankings. Renaud and junior Kendal Woodard were ranked as the #26 doubles duo while junior Megan Kurey and sophomore Rasheeda McAdoo checked in at #34. Junior Natasha Prokhnevska represented Georgia Tech on the preseason singles ranking, coming in at #118.
All-Americans and All-Stars
Following an impressive sophomore campaign, current juniors Megan Kurey and Kendal Woodard were named 2014 ITA All-Americans in doubles. Kurey and Woodard were one of three doubles pairings that were named to the 2014 ITA Collegiate All-Star Team. The tandem finished the 2014 season ranked as the number seven doubles team in the country and were seeded in the 2014 NCAA doubles championships. Kurey and Woodard had a successful fall, winning both the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Doubles Championships and the ITA/USTA Southeast Regional Doubles title.
Woodard and Kurey are joined by fellow junior Natasha Prokhenvska and sophomores Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer and Rasheeda McAdoo as the five returning Yellow Jacket letterwinners. Last season, Prokhnevska went 19-16 in singles and 6-8 in ACC matches. She played on courts one through four throughout the season and was named the ACC Player of the Week on February 18 after clinching the win against #27 Tennessee. Anton-Ohlmeyer finished her first year as a Jacket with a 17-17 overall record in singles and an 18-15 record in doubles. Anton-Ohlmeyer and sophomore Rasheeda McAdoo recorded an 8-2 ACC record in doubles. McAdoo finished her freshman campaign with a 23-13 singles record and 17-16 record in doubles.
Welcome to the Flats
The Yellow Jackets welcome four new comers to this year’s squad – Paige Hourigan (Turakina, New Zealand), Alexis Prokopuik (West Vancouver, British Columbia), Johnnise Renaud (North Miami, Fla.) and Vooha Vellanki (Norcross, Ga.). Hourigan has a career-high ranking of 175 in the International Tennis Federation rankings, an overall career singles record of 48-29 and career doubles record of 45-26. Prokopuik won the U16 Canadian National Championships and was a member of the Canadian Jr. Fed Cup Team that played in Mexico in 2012. Renaud most recently competed in the U.S. Junior Open Championship and had a career-high ranking of 30 in the ITF. Vellanki played at Northview High School in nearby Johns Creek.