THE FLATS – No. 6 Georgia Tech pushed its win streak to 15-straight matches Friday afternoon, sealing a 5-2 win over Boston College. The Jackets (21-2, 11-0 ACC) claimed the doubles point and four singles matches for the win over the Eagles (9-11, 4-8 ACC).
DOUBLES ACTION: Court one’s Paige Hourigan and Kenya Jones cruised to a 6-1 victory over Boston College’s Dasha Possokhova and Kylie Wilcox to get doubles started. Courts two and three remained tight until Johnnise Renaud and Rasheeda McAdoo went ahead 5-4 and closed out the match with a 6-4 win to clinch the doubles point for Tech.
SINGLES PLAY: Nami Otsuka made quick work of Emily Safron on court five, dropping just four games for a 6-1, 6-3 victory, giving Tech a 2-0 lead. After battling for a 6-4 first set win on court two, Renaud cruised to a 6-0 second set win to push the Jackets in front 3-0. For the second straight match, Hourigan clinched the match from the three seed. The junior took straight 6-3 sets from Possokhova to seal the match 4-0.
Luca Fabian handled Jackie Urbinati in the first set on court six, 6-1, but battled back from a 5-3 deficit in the second set to take the match with a 7-5 set win. Boston College got on the scoreboard with a 6-4, 6-2 win on court one, leaving court four as the last match battling in a third-set tiebreak. After dropping the first set to Wilcox, Jones forced a hard-fought second set tiebreak on court four. Up 4-3 in the tiebreak, Jones hung tough, dropping the next two points to go down 4-5, but evened the tiebreak at 5-5 and went up 7-6. The freshman served out the tiebreak to take the second set in an 8-6 tiebreak. In the third set tiebreak, Jones took the first two points, but Wilcox kept the match close, tying it up at 2-2. Tied at 6-6, Jones and Wilcox traded points back-and-forth to force an 8-8 tie. Wilcox took the next two points to win the match with a 10-8 third-set tiebreak to close out the match.
QUOTABLE: “It was another good match today. Boston College is a very good team and they’ve been playing well, especially their one and two players have won big matches this year. We knew that we would have to come out and play well today. I thought we did a good job in doubles and in singles. Nami, Luca, Paige and Johnnise all played well in singles.” – Head Coach Rodney Harmon
UP NEXT: Tech hosts its final regular season home match tomorrow, Saturday April 15, at noon against No. 28 Notre Dame. Seniors Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer and Rasheeda McAdoo will be recognized prior to the match.
Boston College vs. No. 6 Georgia Tech
Match Score: No. 6 Georgia Tech 5, Boston College 2
1. Paige Hourigan/Kenya Jones (GT) def. Dasha Possokhova/Kylie Wilcox (BC) 6-1
2. No. Rasheeda McAdoo/Johnnise Renaud (GT) vs. Lexi Borr/Jackie Urbinati (BC) 6-4
3. Nami Otsuka/Luca Fabian (GT) vs. Asiya Dair/Elene Tsokilauri (BC) 3-5, DNF
Order of finish: 1,2
Point: Georgia Tech
1. Asiya Dair (BC) def. No. 42 Rasheeda McAdoo (GT) 6-4, 6-2
2. No. 93 Johnnise Renaud (GT) def. No. 82 Lexi Borr (BC) 6-4, 6-0
3. No. 81 Paige Hourigan (GT) def. Dasha Possokhova (BC) 6-3, 6-3
4. Kylie Wilcox (BC) def. Kenya Jones (GT) 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 1-0 (10-8)
5. Nami Otsuka (GT) def. Emily Safron (BC) 6-1, 6-3
6. Luca Fabian (GT) def. Jackie Urbinati (BC) 6-1, 7-5
Order of finish: 5, 2, 3, 6, 1, 4