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Jackets Head to Nebraska for ITA Kickoff Weekend

Jan. 24, 2014

ITA Kickoff Central

The #19-ranked Georgia Tech women’s tennis team heads back to the Midwest this weekend, traveling to Lincoln, Neb. for the ITA Kick-Off Weekend Jan. 25-26.

The Yellow Jackets will face #25 Nebraska at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday in their opening match. Tech will face either #18 Texas Tech or #16 Vanderbilt on Sunday. The consolation match will be at 11 a.m. ET and the championship match will be at 2 p.m. ET. Live scoring for the matches can be found here.

Two victories at the ITA Kickoff Weekend will secure the Jackets their eighth trip in the past nine years to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships which will be held in Charlottesville, VA. Feb. 7-10. Georgia Tech won the ITA National Team Indoor title in 2007 and 2008.

Weekend Recap
The Yellow Jackets opened up the 2014 season at the Michigan Invitational this past weekend. There was no team scoring at the event. Against #35 Mississippi, Tech tallied five singles wins and one doubles win. Sophomore Natasha Prokhnevska defeated her first ranked opponent this season, winning her match against #57 Mai El Kamash, 6-3, 6-1. Against #59 South Florida, Tech won two singles matches and one doubles match. The Jackets tallied a singles win and a doubles win against #11 Michigan.

Prokhnevska won three doubles matches in Ann Arbor. She paired up with Muriel Wacker for two and Rasheeda McAdoo for one. Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer, McAdoo and Wacker all tallied two singles wins at the invitational.

National Champions
The #4-ranked sophomore doubles duo of Megan Kurey and Kendal Woodard capped off an impressive fall season by winning the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships doubles title. Kurey and Woodard captured the national indoor doubles title on Nov. 10, 2013 after defeating Louisville’s Julia Fellerhoff and Rebecca Shine in the championship match.

The tandem went 14-4 this fall and owned an impressive 7-3 record against nationally ranked opponents. The duo finished off the season on a nine-match winning streak, including three straight victories during national indoors on their way to the national doubles title. Kurey and Woodard also won the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Doubles Title in the fall.

Jackets in the Rankings
The Georgia Tech women’s tennis team checks in at #19 in the most 2014 ITA women’s rankings which was released on January 21. The Jackets are tied at #19 with Baylor. The sophomore doubles duo of Megan Kurey and Kendal Woodard are ranked #4 in the nation in the doubles rankings.

Georgia Tech is one of eight ACC schools that are ranked in the top-25 in the rankings, joining North Carolina (3), Miami (9), Duke (10), Clemson (13), Virginia (14), Notre Dame (21) and Florida State (24).

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Fans are encouraged to follow Georgia Tech women’s tennis on Twitter, @GT_WTEN, and like the Yellow Jackets on Facebook, GTWomensTennis, for an inside look at the program.

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