PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Competing in the round of 16 on Friday, Georgia Tech women’s tennis junior Kenya Jones wrapped up the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships, falling in a three-set heartbreaker.
“Today was another tough match and again the momentum shifted a lot,” said associate head coach Christy Lynch. “Kenya played very solid in the first set, but made a lot of unforced errors in the second set. The third set was very close and it could have gone either way. I have to give credit to her opponent as she played tough and didn’t make many mistakes today.”
Facing Sophie Whittle of Gonzaga, Jones cruised through the first set, notching the opener, 6-1, but momentum shifted in the second set as Whittle pocketed the set, 6-2. In the third set, the foes remained on serve at 3-all, but Whittle managed to take a 5-4 lead and closed out the set, 6-4, to capture the win.
“I am very proud of Kenya for a great week here in California,” Lynch continued. “I know she learned a lot from all her matches here.”
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Tech returns to the courts Oct. 18-22 when it hosts the ITA Southeast Regionals at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex.