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Jackets Tame Tigers in NCAA First Round, 4-1

AUBURN, Ala. – Behind the doubles point and three singles victories, Georgia Tech women’s tennis defeated Memphis, 4-1, to advance to second-round action of the NCAA Tournament on Friday afternoon. The Yellow Jackets secured a spot in the second round for the 21st time in program history.

DOUBLES
Georgia Tech (15-10) fought off a feisty Memphis (20-7) team to take the doubles point and 1-0 match lead. Court two finished first, giving the Yellow Jackets the edge in play. After trailing 2-1, No. 36 Ava Hrastar and Kylie Bilchev responded winning the next two games for a 3-2 advantage against Alisha Reayer and Camila Soares. Tech pushed its lead out to 5-3 and Hrastar served out the win, 6-3.

Memphis held leads on courts one and three, but Tech rallied back. Competing on court three, Gia Cohen and Ruth Marsh held a 3-0 lead against Emily Meyer and Monique Woog, but the Tigers won the next three games to move back on serve at 3-3. Knotted at 4-all, Memphis won the next game to grab a 5-4 lead. But it was short-lived as Cohen and Marsh rallied back to 5-all and won the next two games to clinch the doubles point with a 7-5 victory.

On court one, Tech’s No. 4 doubles team of Carol Lee and Kate Sharabura fought off three match points against Aran Teixido Garcia and Camila Romero to move to 5-all and took a 6-5 lead before the match was suspended.

SINGLES

Mahak Jain came out and made quick work of Meyer on court four to push Tech’s lead out to 2-0. Jain grabbed the first set, 6-1, and led 5-0 in the second set before closing out the win at 6-2.

Bilchev cushioned Tech’s lead on court three, grabbing a straight-set decision over Reayer. Bilchev blanked the Tiger in the first set, 6-0, and came out with a 3-1 lead in the second set. The freshman pocketed the win, 6-0, 6-1, to give the Jackets a 3-0 match lead.

Memphis got on the scoreboard with a win on court five, but senior Gia Cohen sealed the victory for Georgia Tech on court six. Facing Woog, the opponents battled back-and-forth in the first set. Cohen trailed early in the opener, but rallied back to force a tiebreak at 6-all. Woog looked in control of the breaker, opening with a 6-1 lead, but Cohen fought back and took the tiebreak, 9-7, to gain the set advantage. Woog came out with a 4-3 edge in the second set before Cohen won the next three games to clinch the match for Georgia Tech, 7-6 (9-7), 6-3.

UP NEXT
The Yellow Jackets advanced to the second-round with the win and will face host No. 14 Auburn on Saturday at 1 p.m. EST at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.

RESULTS
DOUBLES

1. No. 4 Carol Lee/Kate Sharabura (GT) vs. Aran Teixido Garcia/Camila Romero (MEM) 6-5, DNF
2. No. 36 Ava Hrastar/Kylie Bilchev (GT) def. Alisha Reayer/Camila Soares (MEM) 6-3
3. Gia Cohen/Ruth Marsh (GT) def. Emily Meyer/Monique Woog (MEM) 7-5
Order of finish: 2,3

SINGLES
1. No. 22 Carol Lee (GT) vs. Aran Teixido Garcia (MEM) 6-2, 6-6, DNF
2. Ava Hrastar (GT) vs. Camila Romero (MEM) 4-6, 5-5, DNF
3. No. 90 Kylie Bilchev (GT) def. Alisha Reayer (MEM) 6-0, 6-1
4. Mahak Jain (GT) def. Emily Meyer (MEM) 6-1, 6-2
5. Camila Soares (MEM) def. Rosie Garcia Gross (GT) 6-3, 6-4
6. Gia Cohen (GT) vs. Monique Woog (MEM) 7-6 (9-7), 6-4
Order of finish: 4,2,5,6

 

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