March 24, 2006
ATLANTA – The 13th-ranked Georgia Tech women’s tennis team, 12-3 on the season with a perfect 3-0 mark in ACC play, will return to conference action this weekend when they host the 31st-ranked Maryland Terrapins and No. 61 Boston College Eagles at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.
“It will be nice for us to be home this weekend after a road trip where we went 1-1,” said Georgia Tech head coach Bryan Shelton. “I’m happy that we will be back on our courts, and hopefully we can get a home crowd here to support us. It is an important match as we get back into ACC play, and hopefully we can gain some momentum that will prepare us for the ACC Tournament. Every match this time of year is important, especially as we fine-tune some of our skills.
The Jackets and Terps will square off Saturday at 12 noon in the 29th meeting between the two schools, with the series being tied 14-14. Tech has been the most successful team of late however, taking the last six meetings between the two schools.
Boston College owns the only victory between the two schools, winning the first and lone matchup, 5-4, in 1991. The two teams will meet Sunday at 11 a.m.
The Jackets will be playing their third and fourth matches of the week this weekend, having won at Texas A&M Tuesday before losing a 6-1 match at No. 11 Baylor Thursday.
“We’ve got to respond,” said Shelton. “Championship teams are defined not so much on how they win, but how they deal with adversity and losses. This will be a good test for this team after we were beat up at Baylor on Thursday.”
“We need to come back strong this weekend and reestablish ourselves,” Shelton added.