WHERE: Wake Forest Tennis Complex, Wake Forest, N.C.
WHEN: May 19, 7 p.m.
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ROUND OF 16 RECAP | ROUND OF 16 PHOTO GALLERY
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Coming off a 4-3 win over No. 12 Pepperdine Thursday night, Georgia Tech women’s tennis returns to the Wake Forest Tennis Complex on Saturday at 7 p.m. to meet No. 14 UCLA in the NCAA Championships quarterfinals. The NCAA has adjusted Saturday’s schedule of play and the Jackets-Bruins will now play at 7 p.m. The Jackets are making their first appearance in the quarterfinals since 2008 and just third overall in program history.
THE SCENE: Georgia Tech reached the quarterfinals after a four-hour epic battle against 12th-ranked and 13th-seeded Pepperdine in the round of 16 Thursday night. The Jackets rallied from dropping the doubles point to pocket four singles matches for a 4-3 comeback win. Pepperdine tied the match at 3-3, forcing the decision to come down to court six where freshman Victoria Flores clinched the match in a third set.
Thursday’s win pushed Tech to a 24-5 overall record, while UCLA carries a 23-5 record into Saturday. The 12th-seeded and 14th-ranked Bruins secured a spot in Saturday’s quarterfinal match with a 4-1 win over No. 5-seeded Ole Miss Thursday night. UCLA is making its first appearance in the quarterfinals since 2015.
The Bruins and Jackets have met six times in program history with the all-time series knotted at 3-3. The foes last met on Jan. 29, 2017 in an ITA Kick-Off Weekend qualifying match in Atlanta with Tech securing the win, 4-2, sealing a berth into the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.
Tech and UCLA have met three times in the NCAA Championships with the Bruins owning a 2-1 edge. Tech’s lone win against UCLA in the NCAA Tournament came on May 22, 2007 when the Jackets upended the Bruins, 4-2, to claim the National Championship.
ITA RANKINGS: Tech and sits at No. 4 in the nation, while UCLA comes in as the 14th-ranked team in the country. Below are the individual rankings, which were released May 3:
No. 9 Ena Shibahara (UCLA)
No. 14 Paige Hourigan (Georgia Tech)
No. 33 Jada Hart (UCLA)
No. 60 Kenya Jones (Georgia Tech)
No. 67 Abi Altick (UCLA)
No. 121 Alaina Miller (UCLA)
No. 125 Ida Jarlskog (Georgia Tech)
No. 1 Paige Hourigan/Kenya Jones (Georgia Tech)
No. 7 Jada Hart/Terri Fleming (UCLA)
No. 22 Jada Hart/Ena Shibahara (UCLA)
No. 39 Gabby Andrews/Jada Hart (UCLA)
No. 48 Ida Jarlskog/Victoria Flores (Georgia Tech)
No. 64 Gabby Andrews/Ayan Broomfield (UCLA)