April 25, 2014
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The #20 Georgia Tech women’s tennis team (13-9, 9-5 ACC) fell to #7 Virginia (19-5, 12-2 ACC), 4-1, in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals.
After two rain delays, the Jackets and Cavaliers were finally able to face each other in a match that was played indoors at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center on the University of North Carolina’s campus at 8 p.m.
“We lost a very tough one today to a very good Virginia team,” head coach Rodney Harmon said. “We played reasonably well in doubles. At number one, we played very well. They outplayed us at two and three.”
Tech dropped the doubles point to the Cavaliers following losses on courts two and three. On court three, the freshmen pair of Rasheeda McAdoo and Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer suffered an 8-2 loss to Maci Epstein and Danielle Collins. The number 13th ranked pair of Rachel Pierson and Julia Elbaba then defeated Muriel Wacker and Natasha Prokhnevska, 8-3, to clinch the doubles point for Virginia.
“In singles, Muriel played extremely well and won for us again at number five against Virginia,” Harmon said. “That has happened twice this year and she just continues to battle. We were in the match in a couple of places and we weren’t able to get over the hump.”
The Jackets tied up the match, 1-1, thanks to a singles win on court five from Wacker. Wacker defeated Epstein by a score of 6-4 in both sets to win her third-straight singles match. Wacker is 12-3 this season on court five.
The Cavaliers then won two straight singles matches to take a 3-1 lead. Anton-Ohlmeyer was defeated at the number six position by Caryssa Peretz, 6-3, 6-1. After rolling to a 6-0 lead in set against #69 Pierson, Prokhnevksa fell in set two, 6-1. Pierson then took set three, 6-1.
On court one, #4 Elbaba secured Virginia’s victory by defeating sophomore Kendal Woodard, 6-4, 6-2.
“They have an excellent team and outplayed us today,” Harmon said. “We have to get back, take a break and rest up. We have to practice and get ready for regionals.”
Next, the Yellow Jackets will return to the courts to prepare for the NCAA Tournament.
Georgia Tech vs Virginia
Apr 25, 2014 at UNC Indoor Facility
(Chapel Hill, NC)
#7 Virginia 4, #20 Georgia Tech 1
1. #4 Julia Elbaba (VA) def. Kendal Woodard (GT) 6-2, 6-4
2. #36 Danielle Collins (VA) vs. Megan Kurey (GT) 6-3, 3-6, 1-0, unfinished
3. #62 Stephanie Nauta (VA) vs. Rasheeda McAdoo (GT) 7-5, 4-1, unfinished
4. #69 Rachel Pierson (VA) def. Natasha Prokhnevska (GT) 0-6, 6-1, 6-1
5. Muriel Wacker (GT) def. Maci Epstein (VA) 6-4, 6-4
6. Caryssa Peretz (VA) def. Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer (GT) 6-3, 6-1
1. Stephanie Nauta/Li Xi (VA) vs. #6 Kendal Woodard/Megan Kurey (GT) 5-6, unfinished
2. #13 Julia Elbaba/Rachel Pierson (VA) def. Natasha Prokhnevska/Muriel Wacker (GT) 8-3
3. Danielle Collins/Maci Epstein (VA) def. Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer/Rasheeda McAdoo (GT) 8-2
Georgia Tech 13-9; National ranking #20
Virginia 19-5; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (5,6,4,1)