ATLANTA, GA. (Sept. 20) – Looking to gauge their progress after a month of practice, Georgia Tech’s women’s tennis team gets its first taste of outside competition this weekend as the Yellow Jackets host the Georgia Tech/Holiday Inn Midtown North Fall Invitational Friday through Sunday at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.
Players from Alabama-Birmingham, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Jacksonville, UNC Greensboro and Stetson will join the Yellow Jackets in the tournament field, which will consist of flighted singles and doubles matches. Play begins each day at 9 a.m.
“This will be a good barometer of where we are as a team right now,” said first-year head coach Bryan Shelton. “Hopefully, we will be able to go out there and implement some of the things we’ve been working on in practice and have some success.”
Tech junior Bobbi Guthrie (Raleigh, N.C.) is the defending A flight singles champion, while sophomore Laura Ozolins (Toronto, Ontario) won the flight B doubles title last year with departed senior Autumn Richards. The tournament will also feature the first collegiate action for Yellow Jacket freshmen Mysti Morris (Cartersville, Ga.), Charlotte Pernet (Dijon, France) and Jaime Wong (Delray Beach, Fla.).
“I don’t think any one of the three freshmen is going to be scared of competing,” Shelton said. “I look for them to come out and take it to people. They all have a great attitude with how they approach the game.
‘All in all, I’m looking forward to seeing how we compete and what we do under pressure. It’s one thing to see them on the practice court, but it’s another thing to see them in actual competition. This will be a good test for our team.”