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SEMIFINAL BOUND! Jackets Edge No. 4 NC State, 4-3

ROME, Ga. – No. 16 Georgia Tech took four singles matches from No. 4 NC State to erase a 2-0 deficit and defeat the Wolfpack, 4-3, in the 2021 ACC Tournament quarterfinals Friday afternoon. NC State won the doubles point and the first singles match before the Yellow Jackets staged a comeback to secure a spot in the semifinals on Saturday.

DOUBLES – NC State (16-5) took the early match advantage, winning a pair of doubles contests for the doubles point. NCSU’s No. 4-ranked tandem of Jaeda Daniel and Adriana Reami topped No. 21 Ava Hrastar and Gia Cohen, 6-2, to give the Wolfpack the edge, but the Jackets leveled the doubles field with a victory at the top position. No. 2 Kenya Jones and Victoria Flores took a 3-1 lead over No. 11 Anna Rogers and Alana Smith and pocketed the set, 6-2, to leave the doubles point to be decided on court three. In the final doubles match, No. 73 Amela Rajecki and Abigail Rencheli opened with a 4-1 lead over Monika Dedaj and Carol Lee, and clinched the doubles point for the Wolfpack with a 6-3 win.

SINGLES – The Wolfpack took a 2-0 match lead with a 6-1, 6-2 victory on court three, but the Jackets took the first set on all five remaining courts. Lee put the Jackets on the scoreboard, winning on court five in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1, over Rencheli. At the top spot, Jones knotted the match at 2-2, dominating fifth-ranked Rogers. In a first set battle, the opponents went to a tiebreak to decide the lead as Jones controlled the breaker from the start, winning 7-1, to take the first set. Jones cruised in the second set, 6-3, to knot the match at 2-apiece.

Hrastar handed Tech its first lead of the match from court four as the freshmen upended Daniel in three sets. The two split the first two sets to force a deciding third and Hrastar opened with a 3-0 lead. Daniel battled back to setup a 4-3 tally, but the Jacket took the set, 6-4, to collect the match, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, and give Tech a 3-2 lead.

Mahak Jain clinched the match for Georgia Tech from the six seed, defeating Lexi Keberle in three sets. The Jacket won the first set, 6-3, but Keberle responded winning the second, 7-5. Jain opened the final set with a 3-1 advantage and extended her lead out to 5-2. The freshman clinched the match with a 6-2 third set victory, sealing the victory for Tech at 4-2.

UP NEXT – The Yellow Jackets will face No. 24/20 Miami in the women’s tennis semifinals at 12 p.m. on Saturday.

RESULTS
DOUBLES

1. No. 2 Kenya Jones/Victoria Flores (GT) def. No. 11 Anna Rogers/Alana Smith (NCSU) 6-2
2. No. 4 Jaeda Daniel/Adriana Reami (NCSU) def. No. 21 Ava Hrastar/Gia Cohen (GT) 6-2
3. No. 73 Amelia Rajecki/Abigail Rencheli (NCSU) def. Monika Dedaj/Carol Lee (GT) 6-3
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3

SINGLES
1. No. 6 Kenya Jones (GT) def. No. 5 Anna Rogers (NCSU) 7-6 (1), 6-3
2. No. 21 Alana Smith (NCSU) vs. No. 20 Victoria Flores (GT) 4-6, 6-2, 6-6, DNF
3. Adriana Reami (NCSU) def. Gia Cohen (GT) 6-1, 6-2
4. No. 119 Ava Hrastar (GT) def. Jaeda Daniel (NCSU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
5. Carol Lee (GT) def. No. 103 Abigail Rencheli (NCSU) 6-2, 6-1
6. Mahak Jain (GT) def. Lexi Keberle (NCSU) 6-3, 5-7, 6-2
Order of finish: 3, 5, 1 4, 6

 

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