April 8, 2010
ATLANTA – The 20th-ranked Georgia Tech Women’s Tennis team (12-7, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) will welcome a pair of top-10 opponents to the Bill Moore Tennis Center this weekend. The Yellow Jackets will meet No. 7 Duke (17-3, 5-1) Saturday and No. 2 North Carolina (20-3, 7-0) Sunday. Both matches are scheduled to begin at noon.
“This is a significant weekend for us as we begin to wrap up our ACC regular season,” head coach Bryan Shelton. “We are always looking forward to the Duke and North Carolina matchups because they are always at the top of the conference. We have had good battles with both of them the last couple of years.”
Saturday’s match against the Blue Devils will mark the 34th in the series with Duke holding a 31-2 advantage. The Jackets have split the last four meetings with the Devils. North Carolina leads the all-time series again Tech, 24-8, but the Yellow Jackets have won five straight and seven of the last eight meetings against the Tar Heels.
The Jackets will pay tribute to senior Amanda McDowell prior to Sunday’s match against North Carolina. Though she has been limited by an injury this season, McDowell is one of the most accomplished player’s in Georgia Tech history. Since coming to Tech, the Jackets have won six national titles, including her 2008 NCAA Singles Championship.
“I hope our fans will come out and help pay tribute to Amanda’s career at Georgia Tech, which has been so fruitful,” Shelton said. “She has accomplished so much in her time as a member of the women’s tennis program.”
McDowell ranks third all-time in singles wins with 116 and holds the record for most wins in season, when she won 45 as a sophomore.
The Yellow Jackets will close out the regular season next weekend when they travel to Virginia Saturday and Virginia Tech Sunday. Both matches are slated to begin at noon.