THE FLATS – Georgia Tech swept cross-town rival Georgia State Friday afternoon at Ken Byers Tennis Complex, pocketing a 7-0 victory. With the win, Tech improved to 2-3 on the young season.
DOUBLES ACTION: Georgia Tech took the early lead winning two doubles matches to claim the point. Gia Cohen and Nami Otsuka raced to a 6-1 victory on court three over Anastasia Grosheva/Lara Vovk to give the Jackets the edge. The point was clinched from court two where Valeriya Deminova and Victoria Flores were facing Damira Muminovic/Eva Chivu. Leading 3-2, Tech won the next two games to take a 5-2 lead. After Georgia State held serve, Deminova served out the match for a 6-3 victory, clinching the doubles point. Tech’s No. 44 duo of Kenya Jones and Jeanette Lin did not finish their match on court one, but worked their way back from a 4-1 deficit to knot the score at 4-all when the point was clinched.
SINGLES ACTION: Winning three straight-set singles matches, Georgia Tech clinched the match, 4-0. No. 26 Jones put the Jackets up 2-0, dominating Chivu on court one, 6-2, 6-3, before Lin gave the Jackets a 3-0 lead from court two. Lin cruised to a 6-0, 6-2 triumph over Muminovic, leaving the Jackets one match away from victory. The clinching match came from court four where Otsuka batted Stanescu. The junior took the first set, 6-2, led early in the second set and served out the match with a 6-3 second set victory.
Cohen collected her second dual match win, defeating Grosheva on court six in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5. Deminova added a point for Tech to the scoreboard, securing her victory from court three. The freshman split the first two sets with Ramirez, but cruised in the tiebreak, 10-3, for the win. Flores completed the sweep of the Panthers, taking on her match on court five, 6-4, 7-6 (9-7).
QUOTABLE: “The match was not as easy as the score would indicate. Georgia State has some good players and it was a battle at some spots. It was good for us to have to fight our way through some matches. Tomorrow we will practice a little bit and get ready for a really good Northwestern team on Sunday.” – Head coach Rodney Harmon
UP NEXT: Georgia Tech faces a quick turnaround, welcoming No. 11 Northwestern on Sunday. First serve is slated for noon.
1-No. 44 Kenya Jones/Jeanette Lin (GT) vs. Daniela Ramirez/Andreea Stanescu (GSU) 4-4 DNF
2-Valeriya Deminova/Victoria Flores (GT) def. Damira Muminovic/Eva Chivu (GSU) 6-3
3-Gia Cohen/Nami Otsuka (GT) def. Anastasia Grosheva/Lara Vovk (GSU) 6-1
Order of finish: 3, 2
1-No. 26 Kenya Jones (GT) def. Eva Chivu (GSU) 6-2, 6-3
2-Jeanette Lin (GT) def. Damira Muminovic (GSU) 6-0, 6-2
3-Valeriya Deminova (GT) vs. Daniela Ramirez (GSU) 6-3, 0-6, 1-0 (10-3)
4-Nami Otsuka (GT) def. Andreea Stanescu (GSU) 6-2, 6-3
5-Victoria Flores (GT) vs. Lara Vovk (GSU) 6-4, 7-6 (9-7)
6-Gia Cohen (GT) vs. Anastasia Grosheva (GSU) 6-2, 7-5
Order of finish: 1,2,4,6,3,5