March 15, 2002
ATLANTA – The 21st-ranked Georgia Tech women’s tennis team will look to bounce back from a loss at the hands of 25th-ranked Virginia Commonwealth on Thursday as it travels to North Carolina to open ACC play with match-ups against NC State and fifth-ranked Wake Forest.
The Yellow Jackets (10-3, 0-0 ACC) had a four-match win streak snapped with the loss to the Rams on Thursday, but Tech was in a number of tight matches that ultimately decided the match in VCU’s favor. Tech will open its ACC campaign in Raleigh against the Wolfpack (6-5, 0-2 ACC) on Saturday at 11 a.m., and will travel to Winston-Salem to face the Demon Deacons (12-1, 1-0 ACC) on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Tech’s run into the nation’s top-25 teams has been spearheaded by the play of freshman standout Catherine Gunn. The Winchester, England, native was named ACC Player of the Week for the second time in 2002 on March 11, after improving her dual-match singles record to 11-0 in leading the Jackets to wins over San Diego and San Diego State. Gunn, who entered the ITA rankings at No. 65 last week, suffered her first loss of the spring against VCU, dropping a 6-3, 6-4 decision to Andrea Ondrisova.
Another singles competitor that has led the Yellow Jackets has been junior Jaime Wong, who is currently ranked 42nd in the nation and has won eight of her last nine matches, including wins over three ranked opponents.
The Jackets will make another swing through the Carolinas next weekend as well, when Tech visits fourth-ranked Duke and 12th-ranked North Carolina on March 23 & 24.