Feb. 26, 2016
THE FLATS – The No. 36 Georgia Tech women’s tennis team (6-4, 1-1) picked up its first ACC victory of the season, defeating No. 44 NC State (6-2, 0-1) 6-1 at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex on Friday afternoon.
“I felt like we had a very, very tight doubles point,” head coach Rodney Harmon said. “We were fortunate to win the point because they played us hard. I thought we came out in singles with great energy and we moved our feet well. I was impressed all along the line. I thought we played some really good tennis. They are a quality team so we were fortunate to get the win.”
The Yellow Jackets started off down in doubles play after sophomore Alexis Prokopuik and junior Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer fell 6-1 on court three to Amanda Rebol and Claudia Wiktorin. Junior Rasheeda McAdoo and sophomore Johnnise Renaud evened it up for Tech after winning 6-3 at the number two spot against Joanna Nalborska and Bianca Moldovan. At that point, all eyes were on court one where the score was knotted at 5-5.
Sophomore Paige Hourigan and senior Kendal Woodard, the No. 27 doubles team in the country, battled back from being down 5-3 to tie up the score at 5-5 against Martina Frantova and Tayla Stenta. The Jackets duo then went up 6-5, but the Wolfpack caught up and made it 6-6. After going down 4-3 in the tiebreaker, Hourigan and Woodard went on a 4-0 run to win the tiebreaker and give the Yellow Jackets a 1-0 advantage in the match.
Hourigan would give the Yellow Jackets a 2-0 lead after rolling past Moldovan on court three in singles, 6-1, 6-1. The Jackets got another boost in the lead after No. 37 Renaud won in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1 against No. 63 Frantova at the number one spot.
On court four, Woodard took down Stenta, 6-1, 6-4 securing Georgia Tech’s 22nd-straight win against the Wolfpack.
McAdoo, the No. 74 singles player, picked up a 6-2 win in set one against Nalborska but suffered a 6-3 loss in the second set. McAdoo and Nalborska stayed neck and neck in the tiebreaker. With the score tied at 8-8, McAdoo rattled off the next two points to claim the victory, 10-8.
The Wolfpack tallied their only point in the match on court six. Wiktorin took set one against Anton-Ohlmeyer, 6-4, but Anton-Ohlmeyer bounced back in set two, winning 6-3. With the tiebreaker knotted at 8-8, Wiktorin won the next two points to clinch the point for the visiting team.
On court five, Prokopuik took set one by a score of 6-1 against Rebol. The second set was tighter and with the score tied at 6-6, it went into a tiebreaker. Prokopuik had no problem wrapping up the match in the tiebreaker, blanking Rebol 7-0 to give Tech a 6-1 victory.
The Yellow Jackets hit the road this weekend, traveling to No. 53 Northwestern on Sunday at 12 p.m. ET.
Tennis Match Results
NC State vs Georgia Tech
Feb 26, 2016 at Atlanta, Ga.
(Ken Byers Tennis Complex)
#36 Georgia Tech 6, #44 NC State 1
- #37 Johnnise Renaud (GT) def. #63 Martina Frantova (ST) 6-4, 6-1
- #74 Rasheeda McAdoo (GT) def. Joanna Nalborska (ST) 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8)
- Paige Hourigan (GT) def. Bianca Moldovan (ST) 6-1, 6-1
- Kendal Woodard (GT) def. Tayla Stenta (ST) 6-1, 6-4
- Alexis Prokopuik (GT) def. Amanda Rebol (ST) 6-1, 7-6 (7-0)
- Claudia Wiktorin (ST) def. Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer (GT) 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8)
- #27 Kendal Woodard/Paige Hourigan (GT) def. Martina Frantova/Tayla Stenta (ST) 7-6 (7-4)
- Rasheeda McAdoo/Johnnise Renaud (GT) def. Joanna Nalborska/Bianca Moldovan (ST) 6-3
- Amanda Rebol/Claudia Wiktorin (ST) def. Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer/Alexis Prokopuik (GT) 6-1
NC State 6-1, 0-0; National ranking #44
Georgia Tech 5-4, 0-1; National ranking #36
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,1,4,2,6,5)