NOTRE DAME, Ind. – No. 33 Georgia Tech opened a two-match road swing with a 5-2 victory at No. 42 Notre Dame Friday afternoon. The win pushed Tech to 9-8 overall and 6-4 in league play.
DOUBLES ACTION: The Yellow Jackets quickly picked up a 1-0 lead over the Fighting Irish, grabbing two doubles wins for the point. Tech’s doubles team of Nami Otsuka and Gia Cohen handed the Jackets the edge in doubles play, cruising to a 6-1 triumph over Bess Waldram and Brooke Broda on court two before Kenya Jones and Valeriya Deminova clinched the point from court one. The Jacket tandem dropped only one game en route to a 6-1 victory over No. 59 Cameron Corse and Zoe Spence, sealing a 1-0 lead for Tech entering singles play.
SINGLES ACTION: No. 12 Jones cushioned Tech’s lead from court one, dominating No. 63 Spence in straight-sets, 6-2, 6-1. Cohen then put the Jackets on the edge of victory, taking home a straight-set win from court four over Waldram. Cohen trailed 4-3 in the opening set, but won the next three games to pocket the set, 6-3. The freshman opened the second set with a 3-2 edge and sealed the win with a 7-5 victory to give Tech a 3-0 lead.
Otsuka clinched the match for the Jackets from court two, defeating Ally Bojczuk. The junior grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first set and dropped only one game for a 6-1 opening set victory. Bojczuk looked on pace to split sets, leading 5-4 in the second, but Otsuka forced a tiebreak at 6-all. The Jacket secured the victory, winning the tiebreak, 7-3, to clinch the match for Tech at 4-0.
Notre Dame won two of the final three matches on the courts, pocketing courts three and six. Victoria Flores captured Tech’s final singles victory from court five, edging Broda, 7-5, 6-4, for the final 5-2 score.
QUOTABLE: “We played well today. I thought we did a good job of competing in both singles and doubles. The team played really well in doubles which we were able to carry the momentum into singles play. We’re happy with a quality win over a tough opponent on the road and we’ll head to Charlottesville to get ready for a tough match on Sunday against Virginia.” – Head coach Rodney Harmon
UP NEXT: Georgia Tech continues this two-match ACC road swing on Sunday, visiting No. 27 Virginia for a noon matchup in Charlottesville.
1- Kenya Jones/Valeriya Deminova (GT) def. No. 59 Cameron Corse/Zoe Spence (ND) 6-1
2-Nami Otsuka/Gia Cohen (GT) def. Bess Waldram/Brooke Broda (ND) 6-1
3-Victoria Flores/Nadia Gizdova (GT) vs. Zoe Taylor/Ally Bojczuk (ND) 4-3, DNF
Order of finish: 2,1
1- No. 12 Kenya Jones (GT) def. No. 63 Zoe Spence (ND) 6-2, 6-1
2-Nami Otsuka (GT) def. Ally Bojczuk (ND) 6-1, 7-6 (3)
3- Cameron Corse (ND) def. Valeriya Deminova (GT) 6-4, 6-2
4-Gia Cohen (GT) def. Bess Waldram (ND) 6-4, 7-5
5-Victoria Flores (GT) def. Brooke Broda (ND) 7-5, 6-4
6- Zoe Taylor (ND) def. Nadia Gizdova (GT) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
Order of finish: 1,4,2,3,5,6