April 4, 2014
The #27-ranked Georgia Tech women’s tennis team (8-6, 5-3 ACC) hits the road for the final time until the ACC Championships this weekend, traveling to the state of Virginia. On Saturday, the Yellow Jackets face #9 Virginia (13-4, 7-1 ACC) at noon. On Sunday, Tech travels to #66 Virginia Tech at noon.
Doubles Spotlight: Prokhnevska/Wacker
Georgia Tech’s number two doubles tandem of Natasha Prokhnevska and Muriel Wacker is currently on a four-match winning streak. The duo has gone 7-6 this duel season. Prokhnevksa and Wacker are 3-1 against national ranked opponents, most recently defeating #78 Romy Koelzer and Tristen Dewar of Clemson, 8-2. Prokhenvska and Wacker clinched the doubles point for Tech against N.C. State with an 8-7 victory against Liza Fieldsend and Rachael James-Baker.
Scouting #9 Virginia (13-4, 7-1 ACC)
Virginia owns a 20-13 advantage in the series against Georgia Tech. The Cavaliers have won the last five-straight meetings against the Jackets. Prior to the last five matches, Tech had won 11 out of the 13 meetings between the two teams. The Cavaliers have four singles players ranked in the top-50 of the ITA poll: #3 Julie Elbaba, #33 Danielle Collins, #45 Stephanie Nauta, #50 Rachel Pierson. Elbaba and Pierson are ranked as the #9 doubles team while Nauta and Maci Epstein check in at #67. Virginia’s lone conference loss this season came to UNC.
Woodard and Kurey defeated Elbaba and Pierson, 8-5, on their way to winning the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships doubles title this past November.
Looking at #66 Virginia Tech (10-8, 3-6 ACC)
The Jackets look to extend their 12 match winning streak against the Hokies on Sunday. Georgia Tech holds the advantage in the series, 12-2. #98 Francesca Fusinato has gone 8-2 at the number one spot for Virginia Tech while #73 Ilinca Stoica is 6-1 on court two. The Hokie’s top doubles team is Fusinato and Faluca Mita who have gone 4-3 on court one.
On the Road Again
Including the upcoming matches at Virginia and Virginia Tech, the Yellow Jackets have played 11 of their 16 dual matches this season on the road. So far Tech has gone 5-4 in away matches. Tech is 3-2 this season at home, tallying wins against Old Dominion, Wake Forest and N.C. State.
Winning the Doubles Point
The Yellow Jackets are 7-1 when winning the doubles point this season and 1-5 when losing the doubles point. Tech captured the doubles point against #25 Nebraska, Old Dominion, #27 Tennessee, #22 Notre Dame, #32 Florida State, Maryland and #64 N.C. State. Tech lost to the doubles point to #43 Wake Forest, but won the match. Against #46 Boston College, Tech won the doubles point, but lost the match.
Dynamic Doubles Duo
The sophomore doubles duo of Megan Kurey and Kendal Woodard are ranked #4 in the nation in the doubles rankings after debuting this season at the #4 spot. In the Feb. 11th poll, the pair was ranked as the #1 doubles team. The tandem is 8-4 together this spring and had won 14-straight doubles matches together, before a loss to Georgia snapped their winning streak. Kurey and Woodard are 7-3 in their last 10 matches.
Kurey and Woodard won the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships doubles title in November. The tandem is 22-7 together this year and 9-6 against nationally ranked opponents.
Facing Ranked Opponents
The #9-ranked Virginia Cavaliers will be the 12th top-45 opponent the Jackets will face in 14 dual matches. Tech is 4-5 against ranked opponents. Tech has recorded wins against #25 Nebraska (4-0), #27 Tennessee (5-2) , #22 Notre Dame (4-3), #34 Florida State (5-2) and #46 Wake Forest (5-2).
Jackets in the Rankings
The Georgia Tech women’s tennis team checks in at #27 in the most 2014 ITA women’s rankings which was released on April 1. The doubles tandem of Megan Kurey and Kendal Woodard are ranked at #4 in the doubles rankings. Tech’s highest ranking this season was at #19 which was on both January 21 and February 25.
Georgia Tech is one of seven ACC schools that are ranked in the top-30 in the rankings, joining Duke (1), North Carolina (6), Virginia (9), Miami (14), Clemson (15), Notre Dame (20) and Georgia Tech (27).
The #4-ranked sophomore doubles duo of Megan Kurey and Kendal Woodard capped off an impressive fall season by winning the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships doubles title. Kurey and Woodard captured the national indoor doubles title on Nov. 10, 2013 after defeating Louisville’s Julia Fellerhoff and Rebecca Shine in the championship match.
The tandem went 14-4 this fall and owned an impressive 7-3 record against nationally ranked opponents. The duo finished off the season on a nine-match winning streak, including three straight victories during national indoors on their way to the national doubles title. Kurey and Woodard also won the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Doubles Title in the fall.
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The Yellow Jackets return home for the beginning of four-straight home matches. Tech hosts Pittsburgh on Friday, April 11 at 4 p.m. and Syracuse on Sunday, April 13 at 11 a.m.