CLEMSON, S.C. – No. 34 Georgia Tech wrapped up the road portion of the regular season on Sunday with a 4-3 victory at Clemson. The Yellow Jackets rallied from a 3-2 deficit with wins from Kenya Jones and Valeriya Deminova to pocket the win and improve to 12-9 overall and 7-5 in league play.
DOUBLES ACTION: The Yellow Jackets took an early match lead claiming a tight doubles point that came down to the final court. Clemson was forced to retire on court two giving Tech the early advantage, but the Tigers evened the field with a 6-4 decision on court one, leaving the point to be decided on court three where Victoria Flores and Nadia Gizdova led 6-5 over Alex Angyalosy and Laura Marti. But the Tigers forced a tiebreak, knotting the match at 6-6. Flores and Gizdova cruised through the tiebreak, securing the win with a 7-1 edge in the tiebreak, securing the doubles point for Tech.
SINGLES ACTION: Tech and Clemson split the first two singles matches to finish as Gizdova took away a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Marti on six, but Angyalosy edged Flores, 6-4, 6-3, to setup a 2-1 Yellow Jacket lead. The Tigers won the next two singles matches to claim a 3-2 advantage as Tate Schroeder defeated Gia Cohen, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 and No. 121 Fernanda Navarro edged Nami Otsuka, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, on court two.
Tech would need the remaining two singles matches, both in third sets, to secure the match. No. 13 Jones knotted the match at 3-3 from court one as the senior fought back from dropping the first set to No. 79 Marie Leduc, 6-2. Jones forced a deciding third set, winning set two in a tiebreak, 8-6. The conference foes stood tied in the final set at 4-all before Jones won the next two games to take the match and pull the Jackets within one victory.
Tied at 3-3, all eyes turned to court three where Deminova battled Sydney Riley. The freshman Jacket won the first set, 6-2, but Riley took the second set in a tiebreak. Tied at 2-all early in the final set, Deminova won the next two games to take a 4-2 advantage. The freshman secured the match with a 6-3 final set win to clinch the match for Georgia Tech, 4-3.
UP NEXT: Georgia Tech closes out the regular season with a pair of home matches this upcoming weekend. The Jackets open the weekend welcoming No. 2 North Carolina on Friday at 3 p.m.
1-No. 5 Marie Leduc/Fernanda Navarro (CU) def. Gia Cohen/Nami Otsuka (GT) 6-4
2-Valeriya Deminova/Kenya Jones (GT) def. A. Miller-Krasilnikov/Sydney Riley (CU) 5-4, ret.
3-Victoria Flores/Nadia Gizdova (GT) def. Alex Angyalosy/Laura Marti (CU) 7-6 (1)
Order of finish: 2,1,3
1-No. 13 Kenya Jones (GT) vs. No. 79 Marie Leduc (CU) 2-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4
2-No. 121 Fernanda Navarro (CU) def. Nami Otsuka (GT) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
3-Valeriya Deminova (GT) def. Sydney Riley (CU) 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-3
4-Tate Schroeder (CU) def. Gia Cohen (GT) 6-4, 3-6, 5-2
5-Alex Angyalosy (CU) def. Victoria Flores (GT) 6-4, 6-3
6-Nadia Gizdova (GT) def. Laura Marti (CU) 6-0, 6-1
Order of finish: 6,5,42,1,3