THE FLATS – No. 6 Georgia Tech closed out the regular season undefeated at home Saturday, defeating No. 28 Notre Dame 7-0 on Senior Day. The last time Tech finished the regular season undefeated at home dates back to 2007. With the win, the Jackets improved to 22-2 overall this season and remain tied for first in the ACC with a 12-0 ledger.
DOUBLES ACTION: The Jackets made quick work of the doubles point, winning the point with 6-2 victories from courts one and two. On court one, Paige Hourigan and Kenya Jones edged Mary Closs and Monica Robinson, 6-2, before the No. 20 pair of Rasheeda McAdoo and Johnnise Renaud sealed the point with a 6-2 victory on court two over Brooke Broda and Allison Miller. Match three was suspended at match point once the point was clinched.
SINGLES PLAY: For the second straight match, Nami Otsuka rolled to a straight set victory on court five as the Jacket defeated Closs 6-3, 6-1 to win her 16th straight match and give Tech a 2-0 advantage. Renaud picked up her 20th win of the season defeating Brooke Broda on court two, 6-3, 6-2, pushing the Jackets in front 3-0.
Leading one set to love on court three and on serve at 5-5 in the second set, Hourigan broke serve to go up 6-5 over Miller. The junior won the deciding point to hold serve and clinched the match for Tech with a 6-4, 7-5 victory to mark her 20th win this season.
With the match clinched, Tech swept the remaining three singles matches. On court one, McAdoo rallied for a third-set tiebreaker. After winning the first set 7-5 over No. 72 Monica Robinson, Notre Dame took the second set 6-3, but McAdoo dominated the third-set tiebreak, winning the match with a 10-4 tiebreak. Senior Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer capped off both seniors being victorious on senior day as the Jacket topped Rachel Chong at the six seed, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (5). Jones wrapped up the match on court four, battling for a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (3) victory over Zoe Spence to complete the sweep of the Fighting Irish.
QUOTABLE: “It was another tough match today. The quality and difficulty of tennis today was nothing in relation to the score. I know it was 7-0, but the match was very, very tough. I’m just proud of our seniors today. Both Alexa and Rasheeda have been great for our program and we wouldn’t be where we are, especially this year, without them. I know the team wanted to send them out with a big bang, so it was a great win today.” – Head Coach Rodney Harmon
UP NEXT: The Yellow Jackets close out the regular season on the road visiting No. 25 NC State on Friday followed by a trip to No. 14 Duke on Sunday.
No. 28 Notre Dame vs. No. 6 Georgia Tech
Match Score: No. 6 Georgia Tech 7, No. 28 Notre Dame 0
1. Paige Hourigan/Kenya Jones (GT) def. Mary Closs/Monica Robinson 6-2
2. No. 20 Rasheeda McAdoo/Johnnise Renaud (GT) def. Brooke Broda/Allison Miller 6-2
3. Nami Otsuka/Luca Fabian (GT) vs. Jane Fennelly/Zoe Spence, 5-2, DNF
Order of finish: 1,2
Point: Georgia Tech
1. No. 42 Rasheeda McAdoo (GT) def. No. 72 Monica Robinson (ND) 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (10-4)
2. No. 93 Johnnise Renaud (GT) def. Brooke Broda (ND) 6-3, 6-2
3. No. 81 Paige Hourigan (GT) def. Allison Miller (ND) 6-4, 7-5
4. Kenya Jones (GT) def. Zoe Spence (ND) 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3)
5. Nami Otsuka (GT) def. Mary Closs (ND) 6-3, 6-1
6. Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer (GT) def. Rachel Chong (ND) 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (7-5)
Order of finish: 5, 2, 3, 1, 6, 4