Aug 13, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Rising sophomores Megan Kurey and Kendal Woodard of the Georgia Tech women’s tennis team are having quite the successful summer. The tandem won the doubles title at the 2013 ITA National Collegiate Summer Circuit Championships at Indiana University which was held Aug. 10-13.
The championship win gives Kurey and Woodard an automatic bid into the doubles main draw of the ITA Women’s All-American Championships which begins Sept. 28th. The All-American Championships are held in Pacific Palisades, Calif. at the Rivieria Tennis Club. The doubles draw will consist of the top 20 ranked teams in the nation, along with the four qualifiers.
“The win is awesome,” Woodard said. “It feels great. We’re ready to go back to Tech and practice to get ready for All-Americans, so we can show everyone what we are about.”
Kurey and Woodard teamed up earlier this summer and the won the doubles title at the ITA Summer Circuit event hosted by the University of Alabama from July 20-22. The two Yellow Jackets posted a 24-6 overall doubles record last year, including a 20-3 mark in dual matches and a 9-1 ACC record. They went 14-3 from the No. 1 doubles spot, won nine of their final 10 matches and finished the year ranked No. 60 in the ITA rankings
“We are both really excited about the win,” said Kurey. “It feels amazing. All of our hard work this summer paid off and we can’t wait to go to California for All-Americans.”
In order to earn their championship doubles title, Kurey and Woodard had to battle some top competition. The duo received a bye first round thanks to their number two seed. In the second round, Kurey and Woodard edged Kaysie and Micah Hermsdorf from Abilene Christian University, 8-5.
In the quarterfinals, the two faced incoming Baylor freshman, Blair Shankle and Elizabeth Begley of Texas.Kurey and Woodard advanced to the semifinals with an 8-4 win against Shankle and Begley.
Indiana’s Alecia Kauss and Katie Klyczek, a pair of juniors, were up next. The pair defeated Kauss and Klyczek, 8-3.
In the championship round, Kurey and Woodard went head-to-head with Emily Flickinger, a junior from Auburn, and Emily Zabor, a junior from Alabama. Kurey and Woodard won the championship title with an 8-3 victory against Flickinger and Zabor.