Jan. 31, 2016
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech women’s tennis snapped its two-match losing streak Sunday, cruising to a pair of victories against Mercer and Kennesaw State at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex.
The 24th-ranked Yellow Jackets (4-2) posted a 5-1 victory indoors against Mercer in the morning and followed up with a 6-1 win outdoors against Kennesaw State in the afternoon.
“I felt like we played well today,” head coach Rodney Harmon said. “We really focused on a number of aspects in each of their games that needed work after playing down in Miami.
“With Tennessee and Ohio State coming up on the road, each of our players had specifics to work on. I thought we did a good job having the opportunity to work on them under match conditions.”
In each of Tech’s match victories Sunday, the Jackets defaulted at the No. 6 spot in singles because of injury.
“We played hard against both Mercer and Kennesaw,” Harmon said. “Today was good for us. Now, it’ll be good to have some time off to have our injuries heal before we play Tennessee, Ohio State and Georgia.”
Match 1 (Georgia Tech 5, Mercer 1)
In the morning session inside the Bill Miller Indoor Tennis Center, the Jackets needed only 94 minutes to take the 5-1 victory.
Tech made quick work of the Bears in doubles. Junior Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer and sophomore Alexis Prokopuik posted a 6-3 win on court 3. Seconds later, junior Rasheeda McAdoo and sophomore Johnnise Renaud won 6-2 on court 2. With the doubles point in hand for the Jackets, the 35th-ranked duo of senior Kendal Woodard and sophomore Paige Hourigan wrapped up a 6-3 win on court 1.
With the match tied 1-1 entering singles play, Woodard posted a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Mercer’s Grace Korta to put the Jackets back on top. Renaud would followed with a 6-2, 6-2 win against Xandra Fougner.
Prokopuik sealed the victory for Georgia Tech with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Roxy Bartz. Anton-Ohlmeyer finished shortly thereafter with a 6-3, 6-2 win against Katie Sidor.
McAdoo, who was slotted at the No. 1 singles spot, lost her first set in a tiebreak, but her match against Katia Stravloulaki went unfinished.
Match 2 (Georgia Tech 6, Kennesaw State 1)
The Jackets and Owls took to the outdoor courts at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex and the afternoon match had a similar result with Jackets needing just 96 minutes for a 6-1 win.
Anton-Ohlmeyer and Prokopuik didn’t need much time to a take 6-0 win against Kennesaw State’s Isabela Castro and Gabriela Bueno on court 3 in doubles. Rasheeda McAdoo and Johnnise Renaud then recorded a 6-1 win against Alexandra Mercado and Ashleigh De Wet to give Tech a 1-0 lead.
After defaulting on court 6, the Yellow Jackets would go on to win 60 of 66 games to shut down the Owls.
Prokopuik pitched a 6-0, 6-0 shutout of De Wet at the No. 5 spot. On the adjacent court, her doubles partner Anton-Ohlmeyer posted a 6-1, 6-0 win over Castro on court 4.
Renaud’s straight-set 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 clinched Georgia Tech’s team victory. Woodard followed with a 6-2, 6-0 win against Laura Hopton and the 92nd-ranked McAdoo concluded the day with a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 2 against Alexandra Mercado.
The Yellow Jackets will return to the courts Feb. 12 against the Tennessee Volunteers in Knoxville, Tenn.
Match 1 – #24 Georgia Tech 5, Mercer 1
Singles (6, 3, 2, 5, 4)
1. #92 Rasheeda McAdoo (GT) vs. Katia Stravloulaki (MER) 6-7 (6-8), DNF
2. Johnnise Renaud (GT) def. Xandra Fougner (MER) 6-2, 6-2
3. Kendal Woodard (GT) def. Grace Korta (MER) 6-1, 6-0
4. Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer (GT) def. Katie Sidor (MER) 6-3, 6-2
5. Alexis Prokopuik (GT) def. Roxy Bartz (MER) 6-2, 6-1
6. Haley Powell (MER) def. Natasha Prokhnevska (GT), by default
Doubles (3, 2, 1)
1. #35 Kendal Woodard / Paige Hourigan (GT) def. Grace Korta / Katia Stravroulaki (MER) 6-3
2. Rasheeda McAdoo / Johnnise Renaud (GT) def. Haley Powell / Xandra Fougner (MER) 6-2
3. Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer / Alexis Prokopuik (GT) def. Roxy Bartz / Katie Sidor (MER) 6-3
Match 2 – #24 Georgia Tech 6, Kennesaw State 1
Singles (6, 5, 4, 1, 3, 2)
1. Johnnise Renaud (GT) def. Cristina Martin (KSU) 6-0, 6-0
2. #92 Rasheeda McAdoo (GT) def. Alexandra Mercado (KSU) 6-1, 6-2
3. Kendal Woodard (GT) def. Laura Hopton (KSU) 6-2, 6-0
4. Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer (GT) def. Isabela Castro (KSU) 6-1, 6-0
5. Alexis Prokopuik (GT) def. Ashleigh De Wet (KSU) 6-0, 6-0
6. Gabriela Bueno (KSU) def. Natasha Prokhnevska (GT), by default
Doubles (3, 2)
1. #35 Kendal Woodard / Paige Hourigan (GT) vs. Cristina Martin / Laura Hopton (KSU) DNF
2. Rasheeda McAdoo / Johnnise Renaud (GT) def. Alexandra Mercado / Ashleigh De Wet (KSU) 6-1
3. Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer / Alexis Prokopuik (GT) def. Isabela Castro / Gabriela Bueno (KSU) 6-0