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Michigan Escapes Jackets, 4-3

THE FLATS – No. 12 Georgia Tech women’s tennis won the doubles point for the second time this weekend and jumped out with the early lead, but No. 14 Michigan escaped with four singles wins to take the match, 4-3. The loss moved Tech to 0-2 on the season.

Tech’s No. 12 duo of Kylie Bilchev and Ava Hrastar got the early lead over Jaedan Brown and Kari Miller and never looked back. The Jackets blanked the Wolverines, 6-0. Gia Cohen and Ruth Marsh clinched the doubles point for the Jackets from court three. Anca Craciun and Nicole Hammond grabbed a 2-0 lead over the Jackets, but Cohen and Marsh regrouped and won the next six games to pocket the match, 6-2, and seal the 1-0 match lead for Georgia Tech.

Carol Lee and Kate Sharabura looked on pace to grab their second doubles victory of the weekend, leading Michigan’s Julia Fliegner and Andrea Cerdan on court two before the match was suspended when the point was clinched.

Sharabura cushioned Tech’s lead from court six, cruising to a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Gala Mesochoritou to pick up her ninth singles win of the season. Tech’s 2-0 lead was short-lived, however, as Michigan grabbed the next two singles matches to finish on courts one and four.

Lee returned the lead to Georgia Tech, taking court two from No. 120 Nicole Hammond. Leading 3-2 in the first set, Lee opened a 5-3 advantage and pocketed the first set, 6-3. Hammond came out in the second set with a 4-3 advantage, but Lee reset and went up 5-4 and sealed the match with a 6-4 win to give Tech a 3-2 lead.

Michigan knotted it up for the second time as Fliegner won a three-set battle on court five over Rosie Garcia Gross. The Jacket took the first set 6-3, but Fliegner evened the match claiming the second set, 6-3. The foes were on serve at 4-all in the deciding third set before Fliegner won the next two games to take the match and even the score at 3-3.

Michigan clinched the match at the three seed, pulling out a hard-fought three-set battle between Cerdan and Bilchev. Bilchev claimed the first set, 6-3, but Cerdan forced a deciding third set with a 6-2 second set. Cerdan took a 4-2 lead in the final set before Bilchev earned a break to set a 4-3 tally. The late rally wasn’t enough as Cerdan took the final two games to clinch the match.

Georgia Tech returns to the courts on Friday, Feb. 4 with a trip to Auburn. First serve is slated for 4 p.m.

1. No. 12 Kylie Bilchev/Ava Hrastar (GT) def. Jaedan Brown/Kari Miller (MICH) 6-0
2. Carol Lee/Kate Sharabura (GT) vs. Julia Fliegner/Andrea Cerdan (MICH) 5-3, DNF
3. Gia Cohen/Ruth Marsh (GT) def. Anca Craciun/Nicole Hammond (MICH) 6-2
Order of finish: 1, 3

1. No. 17 Kari Miller (MICH) def. No. 69 Ava Hrastar (GT) 6-3, 6-1
2. No. 85 Carol Lee (GT) def. No. 120 Nicole Hammond (MICH) 6-3, 6-4
3. Andrea Cerdan (MICH) def. No. 38 Kylie Bilchev (GT) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
4. Jaeda Brown (MICH) def. Mahak Jain (GT) 7-5, 6-1
5. No. 99 Julia Fliegner (MICH) def. Rosie Garcia Gross (GT) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
6. Kate Sharabura (GT) def. Gala Mesochoritou (MICH) 6-2, 6-2
Order of finish: 6,1,4,2,5,3


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