March 18, 2010
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech Women’s Tennis team (7-5) will host a pair of top Southeastern Conference opponents this weekend at the Bill Moore Tennis Center. The Yellow Jackets will face No. 12 Georgia (8-3) Saturday and 17th-ranked Vanderbilt (7-4) Sunday. Both matches are slated to begin at 1 p.m.
The Jackets will meet their archrival Georgia for the 22nd time. The Bulldogs hold an 18-3 advantage in the series but Tech has split the last the six meetings between the two programs.
“We know Georgia very well so there will not be any surprises,” head coach Bryan Shelton said. “The team that comes out and executes will come out on top. We are preparing to be that team. This is an opportunity to make a positive move.”
Sunday’s meeting between Tech and the Commodores will be the 14th in the series. Vanderbilt is 10-3 all-time against the Jackets but Georgia Tech won last season’s meeting, 4-3, in Nashville, Tenn.
“Vanderbilt is consistently one of the toughest teams in the nation,” Shelton said. “They are well coached. We are going to have to come back and be ready to play on Sunday.”
The Jackets are 5-1 at home this season with a pair of wins over Kentucky and one of against Arizona State.
“One of the biggest differences will be playing in front of our home crowd,” Shelton added. “These should be a pair of very good matches that will feature some of the best players in the nation.”
Georgia Tech will return to conference play next Wednesday, when it travels to Miami. The Yellow Jackets and Hurricanes will meet at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center at 1 p.m.