Feb. 20, 2016
THE FLATS – The No. 24 Georgia Tech women’s tennis team (5-4, 0-1) dropped its match to No. 4 Georgia (6-1) by a 4-1 decision on Saturday afternoon at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex.
“I thought that we competed well,” head coach Rodney Harmon said. “I was really proud of the way of the girls fought. In doubles we didn’t play as well as we typically play and I wish we played a bit better in doubles. I think singles was a battle all the way down, from one court to the next. Johnnise played extremely well. I think everybody played well and Johnnise did a great job of finishing. It was a great opportunity for us to play a really good team and we need to use this experience to get ready for our next home match Friday.”
This was the Yellow Jackets second-straight match against a top 10 opponent, having played at No. 6 Ohio State last weekend. Sophomore Johnnise Renaud, who is ranked No. 61, was the standout for the Yellow Jackets today, taking down No. 12 Ellen Perez, 6-0, 4-6, 6-4, to record Tech’s only point against the Bulldogs. At Ohio State last Sunday, Renaud also tallied the Jackets’ only point, winning her singles match on court one.
Georgia Tech started off down 1-0 to its in-state rivals after dropping the doubles point. Renaud and junior Rasheeda McAdoo suffered their first loss of the season, falling 6-3 to No. 33 Caroline Brinson and Silvia Garcia at the number two spot. The Bulldogs wrapped up the point on court three after Kennedy Shaffer and Laura Patterson defeated sophomore Alexis Prokopuik and junior Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer 6-3.
Every singles match besides one went to three sets in the match. Renaud’s three set victory on court one knotted the score at 1-1. After senior Kendal Woodard won her first set against No. 76 Shaffer, 6-2, her opponent came back to win 6-4, 6-2 and give the Bulldogs the 2-1 advantage.
On court six, senior Natasha Prokhnevska dropped her first set, 6-4, to Laura Patterson before battling to a 6-6 tie in set two. Patterson won the tiebreaker 7-2 to put Georgia in a position to clinch the match.
After starting the first set down 4-0, No. 56 McAdoo won the next six games to take set one, 6-4, against No. 23 Brinson. Brinson then won the next two sets, 6-3, 6-2 to clinch the win for the visiting Bulldogs.
Georgia Tech returns to the court on Friday, hosting NC State at 3 p.m. at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex.
Tennis Match Results
Georgia vs Georgia Tech
Feb 20, 2016 at Atlanta, Ga.
(Ken Byers Tennis Complex)
#4 Georgia 4, #24 Georgia Tech 1
1. #61 Johnnise Renaud (GT) def. #12 Ellen Perez (UGA) 6-0, 4-6, 6-4
2. #23 Caroline Brinson (UGA) def. #56 Rasheeda McAdoo (GT) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
3. #76 Kennedy Shaffer (UGA) def. Kendal Woodard (GT) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
4. Paige Hourigan (GT) vs. #71 Silvia Garcia (UGA) 7-5, 4-6, 3-4, unfinished
5. Alexis Prokopuik (GT) vs. Mariana Gould (UGA) 5-7, 6-4, 3-2, unfinished
6. Laura Patterson (UGA) def. Natasha Prokhnevska (GT) 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
1. #58 Kendal Woodard/Paige Hourigan (GT) vs. #34 Ellen Perez/Mariana Gould (UGA) 5-3, unfinished
2. #33 Caroline Brinson/Silvia Garcia (UGA) def. Rasheeda McAdoo/Johnnise Renaud (GT) 6-3
3. Kennedy Shaffer/Laura Patterson (UGA) def. Alexis Prokopuik/Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer (GT) 6-3
Georgia 6-1; National ranking #4
Georgia Tech 5-4; National ranking #24
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,3,6,2)