Aug. 4, 2014
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech’s eighth-ranked recruiting class got even stronger on Monday when women `s tennis head coach Rodney Harmon announced the addition of Paige Hourigan to the Yellow Jackets’ roster for the 2014-15 season.
“Paige is a very talented player who will help our team in both singles and doubles,” Harmon said. “She has international experience in both individual and team competition.”
Hourigan, a native of Turakina, New Zealand, will bring plenty of international experience to the Yellow Jackets. Hourigan has a career-high ranking of 175 in the International Tennis Federation rankings, an overall career singles record of 48-29 and career doubles record of 45-26.
During the 2014 season, Hourigan participated in numerous international tournaments, including the Melbourne ITF, where she advanced to the round of 16 in singles and the semifinals in doubles. Hourigan defeated Australia’s Sasha Bollweg, 6-1, 6-3 in the first round and edged Lizette Cabrera, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (5) to make it to the round of 16.
Alongside doubles partner Emma Hayman, Hourigan won two-straight doubles matches to advance to the semifinals. Hourigan and Hayman defeated Japan’s Xin-Yun Han and Mai Minokoshi, 6-1, 5-7, 10-7, in the round of 16. During the quarterfinals, the duo recorded a 6-3, 6-4 victory against Leah Daw and Matilda Hamlin.
In the Port Pirie ITF, Glen Iris ITF and Nanning (China) ITF tournaments, Hourigan advanced to the second round in singles play. At Glen Iris, Hayman and Hourigan made it to the quarterfinals.
In 2013, Hourigan won the New Zealand Junior Championship U18 title in both singles and doubles. During the 2013 season, she competed in the ASB Classic, the Junior Australian Championships, Wanganui’s Christie Cup success, international ITF tournaments in Asia and helped win a national title for her St. Kentigern College team.