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Jackets Tame Tigers, 5-2

THE FLATS – Georgia Tech women’s tennis took the doubles point and four singles matches to collect a 5-2 victory over Clemson Saturday afternoon at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex. The win pushed Tech to 12-6 overall and 7-2 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

DOUBLES
The No. 28 Yellow Jackets held match point simultaneously on all three courts, but Tech’s No. 9 duo of Carol Lee and Kate Sharabura put their match away first. Facing Samantha Buyckx and Ali DeSpain, the Yellow Jackets opened with a 4-1 lead before pocketing the win, 6-3. The point was clinched from court two where No. 21 Kylie Bilchev and Ava Hrastar faced Clemson’s Cristina Mayorova and Lana Sipek. On serve at 2-2, the Jackets broke for a 3-2 edge before Hrastar held serve for a 4-2 lead. Tech won four-straight games to collect the 6-2 victory and hand a 1-0 lead to Georgia Tech.

 

Court three was suspended after the point was clinched, but Gia Cohen and Ruth Marsh led 5-3 lead against Jenna Thompson and Daniella Medvedeva.

SINGLES
Cohen cushioned Tech’s lead from court six, making quick work of Sipek. The senior Yellow Jacket did not drop a game in the first set, winning, 6-0, and stood on serve with Sipek at 2-all in the second before winning four-straight games to pocket the match, 6-0, 6-2. Clemson got on the scoreboard with a 6-4, 6-2 win on court five, but Bilchev put the Jackets up 3-1 with a victory on court two. Leading 4-2 in the opening set, Yellow Jacket took the first set over Thompson, 6-3, and cruised in the second, 6-1.

Mahak Jain clinched the match from court four against DeSpain. After dropping the first set, 6-1, Jain forced a deciding third set, cruising in the second, 6-0. Jain carried momentum into the final set, and led 5-0 with match point, but DeSpain took the game. DeSpain couldn’t hold serve in the next game as Jain clinched the match with a 1-6, 6-0, 6-1 triumph.

Hrastar extended Tech’s lead to 5-1 with a hard-fought win on court three. Facing Medvedeva, the Jacket won a break to take a 5-3 advantage. Hrastar held strong to take the first set, 6-4, but Medvedeva battled in the second set as the opponents stood knotted at 6-all. Hrastar won the tiebreak, 7-5, to seal the match, 6-4, 7-6 (5). Play rounded out on court one as Mayorova claimed a hard-fought decision against Lee, 6-3, 7-5, for the final 5-2 score.

UP NEXT
Georgia Tech hits the road for a pair of matches next weekend at Duke and North Carolina on Friday and Sunday, respectively.

RESULTS
DOUBLES

1. No. 9 Carol Lee/Kate Sharabura (GT) vs. Samantha Buyckx/Ali DeSpain (CLEM) 6-3
2. No. 21 Ava Hrastar/Kylie Bilchev (GT) vs. Cristina Mayorova/Lana Sipek (CLEM) 6-2
3. Gia Cohen/Ruth Marsh (GT) vs. Jenna Thompson/Daniella Medvedeva (CLEM) 5-3, DNF
Order of finish: 1,2

SINGLES
1. No. 121 Cristina Mayorova (CLEM) def. No. 54 Carol Lee (GT) 6-3, 7-5
2. No. 84 Kylie Bilchev (GT) def. Jenna Thompson (CLEM) 6-3, 6-1
3. Ava Hrastar (GT) def. Daniella Medvedeva (CLEM) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
4. Mahak Jain (GT) def. Ali DeSpain (CLEM) 1-6, 6-0, 6-1
5. Samantha Buyckx (CLEM) def. Kate Sharabura (GT) 6-4, 6-2
6. Gia Cohen (GT) def. Lana Sipek (CLEM) 6-0, 6-2
Order of finish: 6,5,2,4,3,1

 

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