May 20, 2015
WACO, Texas – Georgia Tech women’s tennis freshman Paige Hourigan was eliminated in the round of 64 in the NCAA Singles Championship after falling in straight-sets to the number two overall seed, Carol Zhao of Stanford.
“It was a great opportunity for Paige to get out there and play after having a great season and working so hard to come back from hurting her ankle,” head coach Rodney Harmon said. “Paige lost to the number two player in the country but the match was much closer than the score indicates. Paige was up in a number of games but Carol came up with a number of really good shots that secured the games for her. I know Paige is excited to work more on her singles game and get ready for next season. “
In Hourigan’s first set in 24 days after missing the past two matches due to a high ankle sprain suffered in the championship game of the ACC Tournament, the Turakina, New Zealand, fell behind to Zhao, 4-1. Zhao then rattled off the next two games to win the first set 6-1.
Zhao jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second set, but Hourigan won the next game to make it 2-1. Zhao then won the next four games to clinch the match.
Hourigan returns to the court tomorrow with doubles partner Kendal Woodard to play in the round of 32 against Klara Fablikova and Zsofi Susany of California. The time of the match is yet to be announced. Live stats can be found here.