Feb. 26, 2015
The #27 Georgia Tech women’s tennis team (3-3) opens up the 2015 ACC season on the road, traveling to #1 North Carolina on Friday at 3 p.m. and to NC State on Sunday at noon.
Scouting the Opponents
#1 North Carolina (11-0)
Series: North Carolina leads, 31-10
No. 1 North Carolina recently won the ITA National Indoor Championship by defeating Georgia, 4-1. Following the ITA National Indoor Championship, UNC blanked NC State, 7-0, and defeated Michigan, 5-2. All six UNC’s starters are in the national rankings while the Tar Heels’ three primary doubles teams are all ranked in the top 25. UNC’s number one player, Jamie Loeb, is ranked No. 8 in the country and is 5-0 at the number one spot in dual matches this season. Ashley Dai and Kate Vialle are 4-2 in doubles on court one and check in at No. 20.
North Carolina has won seven straight against the Jackets, but prior to the Tar Heels’ winning streak, Tech won eight of 10 matches between 2005 and 2010.
NC State (5-3)
Series: Georgia Tech leads, 26-12
NC State is 0-1 in ACC play following a 7-0 loss to North Carolina. The Wolfpack opened up the spring with four-straight wins against Western Carolina, East Carolina, Winthrop and Georgia State. Joanna Nalborska plays at the number one for the Wolfpack and is 5-3 so far this season. On court one in doubles has been Nicole Martinez and Sophie Nelson who are 2-4 this season.
Georgia Tech has won 17 straight against the Wolfpack.
Change is Good
The Yellow Jackets have used a different singles line up in every match so far this season. Every Jacket that has played in singles has won at least one match. Freshman leads the team with four singles wins on court one and two. The Jackets have yet to lose a match on court five (4-0) with junior winning twice at the five spot and sophomore and freshman each recording one win.
Winning the Doubles Point
The Yellow Jackets have won the doubles point in five of six matches and are 3-2 when winning the doubles point. The Jackets are 0-1 when losing the doubles point. Tech won the doubles point against #38 Columbia on the way to a 4-1 win and won the doubles point against #19 Oklahoma State, but dropped the match, 4-3. Tech picked up the doubles point vs. #59 USF and #31 Tennessee.
The Yellow Jackets took the doubles point against #3 Georgia. Freshman and junior held off Caroline Brinson and Hannah King to win a tight battle, 9-7. Sophomore and freshman Alexis Prokpuik took down #13 Silvia Garcia and Kennedy Shaffer, 8-5, to clinch the doubles point for the Jackets and put Tech ahead, 1-0, against the Bulldogs.
Jackets in the Rankings
The Yellow Jackets are ranked at #27 in this week’s ITA rankings. The Jackets have two singles players and three doubles duos ranked.
Freshman rocketed up the rankings from #121 to #57 after going 2-0 at the number two spot and 2-0 on court one. Freshman is the #67 ranked singles player. Renaud is 2-4 so far this spring and has played at both the number one and two positions.
Hourigan and junior Kendal Woodard check in at #36 in the doubles rankings after going undefeated this season at 4-0 on both courts one and two. Freshman Alexis Prokopuik and sophomore Rasheeda McAdoo are ranked #41 with a 1-1 dual match record on court two. The duo just picked up a win against the 13th ranked doubles team against Georgia. The doubles tandem of sophomore and freshman check in at #43.
Strong Nonconference Schedule
The Yellow Jackets play a strong nonconference schedule with six of their seven nonconference opponents ranked in this week’s ITA national team rankings. Tech picked up nonconference wins against #38 Columbia during the ITA Kickoff Weekend, against #59 USF and #31 Tennessee.
Georgia Tech is one of seven ACC schools that are ranked in the top-30 in the rankings, joining North Carolina (1), Virginia (5), Clemson (14), Miami (20), Duke (23), Notre Dame (26) and Georgia Tech (27).
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The Yellow Jackets return home to host Louisville on Friday at 4 p.m.