ATLANTA (Feb. 9) — Facing an early-season schedule that has gotten progressively tougher, Georgia Tech’s 49th-ranked women’s tennis team travels to South Carolina this weekend to take on the 13th-ranked Gamecocks in Columbia, S.C.
After downing unranked Middle Tennessee and No. 55 Indiana to open the year, the Yellow Jackets (2-0) take on South Carolina at 12 noon Sunday at the South Carolina Indoor Tennis Center.
“South Carolina is perennially one of the better teams in the country,” said Tech head coach Bryan Shelton. “Our schedule has gotten a little tougher each week, and this will be another strong test. We are also playing away from home for the first time, so that will also be a challenge. We just need to keep our same mindset, focus on our games and the results will come.”
With injuries to senior Tamarra Jenkin (New Braunfels, Texas) and sophomore Mason Miller (Gainesville, Ga.), the Yellow Jackets have displayed more team depth in winning their first two dual matches of the season. Additionally, senior Sabrina Pardo (Aix En Provence, France) and junior Bobbi Guthrie (Raleigh, N.C.) have stepped up at the No. 1 and 2 position in the singles lineup.
“Bobbi has really taken on more of a leadership role with Sabrina,” Shelton said. “Bobbi has made great strides in her game. She is competing hard and fighting in every match.
“Sabrina has been strong at the No. 1 position. It’s not easy to win at No. 1, because everyone has a good No. 1 player. Sabrina has been able to win in that position, so that is another good sign for us.”