Oct. 1, 2013
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Sophomore Kendal Woodard of the Georgia Tech women’s tennis team went 1-1 during the qualifying singles round at the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships this afternoon.
Woodard, who is ranked at #67 in the preseason singles poll, faced #41 Lucia Batta of UNLV in her first game of the qualifying singles round. Batta won the first set 6-0, but that didn’t deter Woodard. Woodard bounced back in the second set to take a close 7-5 victory. Carrying her momentum into the third set, Woodard captured her first victory of the tournament season with a 6-1 win.
The win matched Woodard up with a familiar opponent in the next round, #104 Bianca Sanon of Columbia.
Woodard and Sanon most recently faced each other on the first day of the Georgia State Invitational last Friday, Sept. 27. Sanon won the first meeting, 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5).
During the first set this afternoon, Sanon edged Woodard, 7-6. Woodard answered with a 6-4 win in the second set but Sanon eventually won the match with a 6-3 victory in the third frame. The loss eliminated Woodard from the singles portion of the tournament.
Woodard will be joined by doubles partner sophomore Megan Kurey for main draw doubles action, which begins Oct. 3. The pair is ranked at #26 and qualified for the ITA All-American Championship after winning the ITA National Collegiate Summer Circuit Doubles Title in August. Woodard and Kurey will face #15 Caroline Price and Whitney Kay of North Carolina at 10 a.m. PST in the first round of the doubles main draw. Click here for the doubles main draw bracket.