March 5, 2015
The #56 Georgia Tech women’s tennis team (4-4, 1-1 ACC) returns home for five-straight matches starting with Louisville (10-6, 2-1 ACC) on Friday at 3 p.m.
Scouting the Opponent
Louisville (10-6, 2-1 ACC)
Series: First Meeting
Friday’s meeting between the Yellow Jackets and the Cardinals marks the first meeting between the two teams. Louisville is 2-1 in ACC play picking up 4-3 wins against Pittsburgh and NC State and falling to Duke, 4-0. Sophomore Oliva Boesing leads the Cardinals with a 10-2 mark in dual matches. Freshman Jessie Lynn Paulalso has 10 wins, sitting with a 10-3 duals record. In doubles,Elle StokesandAriana Rodriguez(8-3) andChloe WillettsandOlivia Boesing(10-4) lead the Cardinals in No. 1 and No. 2 spots.
Winning the Doubles Point
The Yellow Jackets have won the doubles point in six of eight matches and are 4-2 when winning the doubles point.The Jackets are 0-2 when losing the doubles point. Tech won the doubles point against #38 Columbia, #59 USF, #31 Tennessee and NC State on its way to winning the match. The Jackets won the doubles point against #19 Oklahoma State and #3 Georgia, but fell in both matches.
The Yellow Jackets took the doubles point against #3 Georgia, but ultimately lost the match. Freshmanand junior held off Caroline Brinson and Hannah King to win a tight battle, 9-7. Sophomoreand 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.
Spotlight on Junior Kendal Woodard
Junior Kendal Woodard went 3-1 this past weekend at #1 North Carolina and NC State. Woodard won both of her singles matches on court four, including a win vs. North Carolina’s #76 Whitney Kay. Woodard and freshman Johnnise Renaud paired up to go 1-1 on court one in doubles, picking up an 8-7 (15-13) win vs. NC State’s Sophie Nelson and Nicole Martinez. Woodard is 3-2 this dual match season in singles and 6-2 in doubles.
Jackets in the Rankings
The Yellow Jackets dropped to #56 in this week’s ITA rankings after being ranked #27 last week. The Jackets have two singles players and three doubles duos ranked.
Freshmanrocketed up the rankings from #121 to #57 after going 2-0 at the number two spot and 2-0 on court one. She is now 4-2 in singles and 6-0 in doubles.Freshmanis the #67 ranked singles player. Renaud 3-5 so far this spring and has played at both the number one and two positions.
Hourigan and juniorcheck in at #36 in the doubles rankings after going undefeated this season at 4-0 on both courts one and two. Freshman and sophomoreare ranked #41 with a 2-2 dual match record on court two. The duo picked up a win against the 13thranked doubles team against Georgia. The doubles tandem of sophomoreand freshmancheck 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.
The Jackets continue play at home on Sunday, March 15, when they host Miami at 10:30 a.m.