WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Playing inside at the Wake Forest Tennis Center, No. 32 Georgia Tech dropped a 7-0 decision to No. 19 Wake Forest on Friday afternoon. The loss moved Tech to 5-6 overall and 2-2 in ACC play.
DOUBLES ACTION: The doubles point came down to a tiebreak on court one in nearly an hour of play before the Demon Deacons took the early lead. The conference foes split courts two and three to leave the doubles point to be decided on court one. WFU took court two first as Eliza Omirou and MC Meredith claimed a 6-2 win over Nami Otsuka and Gia Cohen. Competing on court three, Kenya Jones and Nadia Gizdova took a 4-1 lead over Anna Brylin and Peyton Pesavento. The Jackets broke the Deacons in the next game to take a 5-1 edge and Gizdova served out the match for a 6-2 win.
With the courts split, the doubles point was left on court one where Valeriya Deminova and Victoria Flores battled Chandler Carter and Emma Davis. Tech came out with a 3-1 advantage, but WFU took the next three games to grab a 4-3 lead. Each team held serve over the next five games to force a tiebreak for the set. Wake Forest took a 2-0 lead, but Tech knotted it at 3-3. Tied at 5-all, the Deacs captured the next two points to take the match, 7-5, in the tiebreak.
SINGLES ACTION: Wake Forest clinched the match with three straight-set singles wins. Carter wrapped up first, taking a 6-3, 6-1, decision over Gizdova on court six before Omirou topped Flores on court three, 6-2, 6-1, to cushion the Deacs’ lead to 3-0. The match was clinched from the two seed where Ulyashenko pocketed a pair of 6-4 sets over Otsuka to seal the 4-0 win for Wake Forest.
Anny Brylin defeated Cohen on court five, 7-6 (5), 6-1, before Davis topped No. 11 Jones at the top seed, 7-5, 6-4. Saby Nihalani completed the sweep on court four, defeating Deminova, 6-4, 6-3.
QUOTABLE: “We got completely outplayed by a much better team. Wake Forest played extremely well. We had chances in doubles and we weren’t able to seize on that opportunity. And then they completely controlled singles and played well. We’re going to have to try and regroup and get ready to play at Louisville.” – Head coach Rodney Harmon
UP NEXT: Georgia Tech continues this road swing traveling to Louisville for a Sunday tilt. First serve is slated for 10 a.m.
1- No. 38 Chandler Carter/Emma Davis (WFU) def. Victoria Flores/Valeriya Deminova (GT) 7-6 (7-5)
2- Eliza Omirou/MC Meredith (WFU) def. Nami Otsuka/Gia Cohen (GT) 6-2
3-Kenya Jones/Nadia Gizdova (GT) def. Anna Brylin/Peyton Pesavento (WFU) 6-1
Order of finish: 2,3,1
1- No. 46 Emma Davis (WFU) def. No. 11 Kenya Jones (GT) 7-5, 6-4
2- Anna Ulyashchenko (WFU) def. Nami Otsuka (GT) 6-4, 6-4
3- Eliza Omirou (WFU) def. Victoria Flores (GT) 6-2, 6-1
4- Saby Nihalani (WFU) def. Valeriya Deminova (GT) 6-4, 6-3
5- Anna Brylin (WFU) def. Gia Cohen (GT) 7-6 (7-5), 6-1
6- Chandler Carter (WFU) def. Nadia Gizdova (GT) 6-3, 6-1
Order of finish: 6,3,2,5,1,4