Sept. 15, 2016
THE FLATS – The Georgia Tech women’s tennis team will be one of four women’s teams competing this weekend in the inaugural Hall of Fame ITA Grass Court Invitational in Newport, R.I. In the first-ever collegiate tournament hosted on the grass courts of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, the Yellow Jackets will compete in a three-day flighted round robin tournament against California, Oklahoma State and Harvard over the weekend.
The tournament is free to spectators in Newport, but will also be streamed live on FloTennis. A total of eight teams will compete in the tournament as four men’s teams will also make the trek to the historic grass courts. The event is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16 and Saturday, Sept. 17, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18.
Fans can watch the action at the International Tennis Hall of Fame on FloTennis.com, which will stream the matches live beginning on Friday here. Matches will be played on the historic Bill Talbert Stadium Court and on the additional grass courts at the Hall of Fame.
Three Jackets were featured in the ITA Preseason Rankings earlier this week. Junior Johnnise Renaud entered the preseason singles rankings at No. 20, while classmate Paige Hourigan came in at No. 23. Senior Rasheeda McAdoo checked in at No. 77. The doubles tandem of Hourigan/McAdoo enters the preseason ranked No. 35.
A Blend of New Faces
This weekend will mark the first collegiate tournament experience for four new members of the Yellow Jackets this season. Returning four members from last season, Tech added four freshmen to the roster who will get their first taste of collegiate competition in Newport. Seniors Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer and Rasheeda McAdoo return as the veterans of the eight-member squad and juniors Paige Hourigan and Johnnise Renaud return for their third year on the Flats. Luca Fabian, Nadia Gizdova, Kenya Jones and Nami Otsuka comprise the freshman class.
Last Time Out
Georgia Tech finished last season ranked 16th in the final Oracle/ITA team poll after reaching the NCAA Tournament round of 16. The Yellow Jackets defeated Princeton and South Carolina to reach the round of 16. Johnnise Renaud and Paige Hourigan each earned bids to the NCAA Singles Championship. Tech wrapped up the season with a 19-9 record and 11-3 ACC mark.
Following this weekend in Newport, the Yellow Jackets will head to Athens, Ga. for the Bulldog Challenge, Sept. 23-25.