LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Behind the doubles point and three singles victories, No. 32 Georgia Tech topped Louisville, 4-0, Sunday morning at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center. Tech moved to 6-6 overall and 3-2 in the league play with the win.
DOUBLES ACTION: For the fifth time this season, the Jackets took a 1-0 match lead claiming the doubles point. Georgia Tech’s Kenya Jones and Nadia Gizdova raced out with a 3-0 lead over Aleksandra Mally and Nikolina Jovic on court three before the Cardinals got on the scoreboard at 4-2. Tech closed out the match with a 6-2 victory to give the Jackets the early advantage in doubles. Louisville quickly evened the doubles field winning on court two. Raven Neely and Dinana Wong opened with a 2-0 edge over Nami Otsuka and Gia Cohen and built their lead to 4-1. Tech rallied, winning three of the next five games, but fell 6-4, leaving the doubles point to be decided on court one.
Falling into an early deficit on court one, Tech’s Victoria Flores and Valeriya Deminova trailed Sena Suswam/Dina Chaia, 3-2. But the Jackets fought back, taking the match 7-6 (7-4) to clinch the doubles point for Tech.
SINGLES ACTION: Jones handed Tech a 2-0 lead capturing her 20th singles win this season. The junior collected a straight-set victory over Sena Suswam on court one, dominating the first set, 6-0. Tied 2-all in the second set, Suswam looked on track to split sets, taking a 5-3 lead, but Jones won the next four games to take the set, 7-5, and pocket the victory. Gizdova cushioned Tech’s lead, pocketing a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Diana Wong on court six, securing a 3-0 lead for the Jackets.
Cohen clinched the match for Tech from the five seed, collecting a three-set win over Chloe Hamlin. The freshman took a 5-2 lead in the first set, but Hamlin fought back to within one game before Cohen won the set 7-5. Hamlin split sets, winning the second set in a tiebreak, before Cohen took control of the third set, cruising to a 6-0 victory to seal the win for Tech.
QUOTABLE: “It was a good win today in a tough conference matchup. Nadia Gizdova played extremely well in both singles and doubles.” – head coach Rodney Harmon
UP NEXT: Georgia Tech returns to the Ken Byers Tennis Complex to host Florida State on Friday, March 15. First serve is slated for 3 p.m.
1- Victoria Flores/Valeriya Deminova (GT) def. Sena Suswam/Dina Chaika (LOU) 7-6 (7-4)
2- Raven Neely/Dinana Wong (LOU) def. Nami Otsuka/Gia Cohen (GT) 6-4
3-Kenya Jones/Nadia Gizdova (GT) def. Aleksandra Mally/Nikolina Jovic (LOU) 6-2
Order of finish: 3,2,1
1- No. 11 Kenya Jones (GT) def. Sena Suswam (LOU) 6-0, 7-5
2- Nami Otsuka (GT) vs. Nikolina Jovic (LOU) 4-6, 6-2, 5-4, DNF
3- Valeriya Deminova (GT) vs. Aleksandra Mally (LOU) 4-6, 6-1, 3-4 DNF
4- Victoria Flores (GT) vs. Raven Neely (LOU) 6-3, 3-6, 2-4 DNF
5- Gia Cohen (GT) def. Chloe Hamlin (LOU) 7-5, 6-7, 6-0
6- Nadia Gizdova (GT) def. Diana Wong (LOU) 6-3, 6-3
Order of finish: 1,6,5