THE FLATS – The second-seeded and fourth-ranked Georgia Tech women’s tennis team opens ACC Championship play on Friday facing seventh-seeded Syracuse in the quarterfinals at 11:30 a.m. The tournament is being played at the Cary Tennis Park in Cary, N.C.
THE SCENE: After closing out the regular season on a six-match win streak, Georgia Tech seeks its fifth ACC championship this weekend. The Jackets earned the No. 2 seed in the tournament after posting a 20-4 overall record and 12-2 ACC mark.
Last season, the Jackets advanced to the title match after defeating Wake Forest and Duke in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively. Tech fell to North Carolina, 4-3, in the championship. Under the direction of head coach Rodney Harmon, Tech owns an 8-5 record in the ACC tournament.
Syracuse reached the quarterfinals after defeating Pittsburgh in the second round on Thursday. The Orange own a 17-6 record this season and finished the conference season with an 8-6 mark to earn the No. 7 seed in the tournament. Syracuse defeated Tech in the regular season, 4-3.
FOLLOW LIVE: Fans can follow all the action via live stats, which will be available for every match. The finals two days will be covered live on ACC Network Extra. The semifinal on Saturday featuring the highest remaining seed will be broadcasted as both semifinal matches are set to serve at 10 a.m.
ITA RANKINGS: Tech dropped one spot in the latest ITA rankings released Tuesday and sits at No. 4 in the nation. Syracuse comes in at No. 27. Below are the individual rankings, which were released March 6:
No. 1 Paige Hourigan/Kenya Jones (Georgia Tech)
No. 10 Gabriela Knutson/Miranda Ramirez (Syracuse)
No. 63 Ida Jarlskog/Victoria Flores (Georgia Tech)
No. 82 Victoria Flores/Kenya Jones (Georgia Tech)