Jan. 18, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich.- – The #20-ranked Georgia Tech women’s tennis team kicked off the 2014 spring season at the Michigan Invitational this afternoon. The Yellow Jackets went 1-2 against #59 South Florida in doubles play and 5-1 against #35 Mississippi in singles action.
“I feel like in doubles we are still trying to find our way,” said head coach Rodney Harmon. “Since Megan Kurey is injured, we were missing our number one doubles team. Muriel and Natasha played at number one and played really, really well. We still have some work to do.”
Prokhnevska defeated her first ranked opponent of the season in singles play, winning her match against Mississippi’s #47 Mai El Kamash, 6-3, 6-1 on court three. Wacker also won her singles match at the five spot, defeating Erin Stephens, 6-3, 6-4.
“In singles we played lights out,” Harmon said. “We lost to Mississippi last year and this year we won one through five in singles. We defeated a really good SEC opponent today.”
Sophomore Kendal Woodard edged Carolina Rohde-Moe in the set one, 7-5, on court one. Woodard won her second set against Rohde-Moe, 6-1, to claim the victory. On court two, freshman Rasheeda McAdoo jumped to an early 6-4 lead in the first set against Julia Jones. Jones came back in set two to win 6-4, sending the match to a tiebreaker. McAdoo edged Jones, 10-7, to win the tiebreaker.
Freshman Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer fell behind in set one, 6-2, before rallying to win set two, 7-6, against Zalina Khairudinova. Anton-Ohlmeyer kept her momentum going into the tiebreak, winning , 10-8, at the number four spot. On court six, Nicole Gottret Murillo played in her first match as a Yellow Jacket, falling to Marija Milutinovic, 6-0, 6-2.
McAdoo and Anton-Ohlmeyer lost their doubles match to South Florida’s Fanny Fracassi and Olaya Garrido-Rivas, 6-1, at the two position. Woodard paired up with Gottret Murillo, but the duo fell, 6-1, to Vera Bessonova and Olga Martinez.
Tomorrow the Jackets face Ole Miss in doubles at 1 p.m. At 2 p.m., Tech will play #11 Michigan in singles.
Michigan Invitational – Day One Results
#59 South Florida vs. #20 Georgia Tech
No. 1 — Muriel Wacker/Natasha Prokhnevska (GT) d. Kayla Rizzolo/Loreto Alonso-Martinez (South Florida), 6-1
No. 2 — Fanny Fracassi/Olaya Garrido-Rivas (South Florida) d. Rasheeda McAdoo/Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer (GT). 6-1
No. 3 –Vera Bessonova/Olga Martinez (South Florida) d. Kendal Woodard/Nicole Gottret Murillo (GT), 6-1
#35 Mississippi vs. #20 Georgia Tech
No. 1 — Kendal Woodard (GT) d. Carolina Rohde-Moe (Mississippi), 7-5, 6-1
No. 2 — Rasheeda McAdoo (GT) d. Julia Jones (Mississippi), 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-7)
No. 3 — Natasha Prokhnevska (GT) d. #57 Mai El Kamash (Mississippi), 6-3, 6-1
No. 4 — Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer (GT) d. Zalina Khairudinova (Mississippi), 2-6, 7-6, 1-0 (10-8)
No. 5 — Muriel Wacker (GT) d. Erin Stephens (Mississippi), 6-3, 6-4
No. 6 — Marija Milutinovic (Mississippi) d. Nicky Murillo (GT), 6-0, 6-2