THE FLATS – Georgia Tech notched its first dual match win of the season on Saturday morning, downing Winthrop, 4-3, at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex. The Yellow Jackets (1-3) grabbed the doubles point and three singles wins to secure the victory.
DOUBLES ACTION: Georgia Tech claimed the early match lead pocketing two doubles victories to go up, 1-0. The Yellow Jacket duo of Nami Otsuka and Gia Cohen grabbed their second dual match win of the season, defeating Winthrop’s Tayla Van Eck and Ellie Burns, 6-4. The doubles point was clinched from court two where Tech’s No. 39 duo of Valeriya Deminova and Victoria Flores upended Alisa Soloveva/Rafaela Santos, 6-3, to push the Jackets in the lead, 1-0.
SINGLES ACTION: Otsuka made quick work of Megan Kauffman on court three to open singles play, cruising to a 6-1, 6-3 victory to give the Jackets a 2-0 match lead. Winthrop recorded their first win on court two before Cohen gave Tech a 3-1 advantage with a three-set win on court five. The freshman raced to a 6-2 first set win, but dropped the second set before rebounding in the third, 6-4, to claim the win over Van Eck. Deminova clinched the match for Georgia Tech from court four. The Jacket pocketed the first set over Rafaela Santos, 6-3, and clinched the win in a second set tiebreak, 7-6 (4), to give Tech its first dual win of the season. Winthrop took the final two matches on courts one and six for the 4-3 tally.
QUOTABLE: “It was a tough match today but we were able to get a win. We will be working hard this week to prepare for Georgia State on Feb. 15.” – Head coach Rodney Harmon
UP NEXT: Georgia Tech returns to action hosting cross-town rival Georgia State on Feb. 15. First serve is slated for 4 p.m.
1-No. 66 Lauren Procter (WU) def. No. 24 Kenya Jones (GT) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
2-Alisa Soloveva (WU) def. Jeanette Lin (GT) 6-3, 6-3
3-Nami Otsuka (GT) def. Megan Kauffman (WU) 6-1, 6-3
4-Valeriya Deminova (GT) def. Rafaela Santos (WU) 6-3, 7-6 (4)
5-Gia Cohen (GT) def. Tayla Van Eck (WU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
6-Ellie Burns (WU) def. Nadia Gizdova (GT) 0-6, 7-5, 7-5
Order of finish: 3, 2, 5, 4, 1, 6
1-Kenya Jones/Jeanette Lin (GT) vs. No. 22 Lauren Procter/Megan Kauffman (WU) 4-5, unfinished
2-No. 39 Valeriya Dominova/Victoria Flores (GT) def. Alisa Soloveva/Rafaela Santos (WU) 6-3
3-Nami Otsuka/Gia Cohen (GT) def. Tayla Van Eck/Ellie Burns (WU) 6-4
Order of finish: 3,2