Sept. 26, 2013
THE FLATS –
The Georgia Tech women’s tennis team kicks off its fall season this weekend at the Georgia State Invitational at Piedmont Park in Atlanta.
The Georgia State Invitational features Georgia Tech, Georgia State, LSU and Columbia. All four of the teams participating finished in the top 75 of the ITA rankings in 2012-13 with Georgia Tech leading the way at No. 21.
Action begins at 9 a.m. on Friday. Below is the schedule of the tournament. (Times are approximate)
|Friday||9 a.m.||Doubles- GSU vs. GT|
|Doubles- Columbia vs. LSU|
|10 a.m.||Singles- GSU vs. LSU|
|Singles- Columbia vs. GT|
|2 p.m.||Doubles- GSU vs. Columbia|
|Doubles- GT vs. LSU|
|Saturday||3 p.m.||Doubles- GSU vs. LSU|
|Doubles- GT vs. Columbia|
|4 p.m.||Singles- GSU vs. GT|
|Singles- LSU vs. Columbia|
|Sunday||9 a.m.||Singles- GSU vs. Columbia|
|Singles- GT vs. LSU|
There will be three different flights in singles and doubles. The white flight will feature the top three players, the blue flight has four through six and red has seven through nine. The white flight for doubles will have the top two teams, the blue flight the next two teams, and red for the remaining doubles teams.
All matches will be played at the Sharon Lester Tennis Center. Attendance is free. Parking is available at the SAGE parking garage at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Directions to the Sharon Lester Tennis Center can be found here.
The duo of sophomore Kendal Woodard and Megan Kurey checked in at No. 26 on the 2013-14 ITA women’s preseason doubles rankings. The pair 24-6 overall doubles record last year, including a 20-3 mark in dual matches and a 9-1 ACC record. They went 14-3 from the No. 1 doubles spot, won nine of their final 10 matches and finished the year ranked No. 60 in the ITA rankings.
Woodard also was featured on the preseason singles rankings at No. 67. In 2012-13, she was named to the 2013 All-ACC team after finishing her freshman season with a 24-12 overall record in singles play. Woodard led the Yellow Jackets in both overall singles (24) and doubles (28) wins. Woodard finished her first season for the Yellow Jackets ranked at No. 88 in singles.
This summer was a successful one for Woodard and Kurey. The duo qualified for the doubles main draw of the All-American Championships this August after winning the ITA National Collegiate Summer Circuit Doubles Title in August. Woodard was also selected for the qualifying singles round of the national tournament.
For the 29th year, the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., will serve as the host site for the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships. The national event is set to begin on Saturday, September 28 with pre-qualifying singles and doubles matches, which will be hosted by UCLA. Main draw action is slated for Thursday, October 3-6.
Woodard and Kurey are joined by sophomore Natasha Prokhnevska and senior Muriel Wacker as the four returning Yellow Jacket letterwinners. Last season, Prokhnevska finished with an 18-14 singles record and a 9-17 mark in doubles play. She clinched three matches for the Yellow Jackets including a singles victory against #35 Yale to secure GT’s victory in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Wacker recorded an overall singles record of 15-8 and went 13-13 overall in doubles play. She played mostly on court five in singles, notching a 13-6 mark. Prokhnevska and Wacker paired up to go 7-7 in doubles play.
Welcome to the Flats
The Yellow Jackets welcome three newcomers to this year’s squad – Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer (Aliso Viejo, Calif.), Natasha Fourouclas (Johannesburg, South Africa) and Rasheeda McAdoo (Boca Raton, Fla.). The three make up a sixth-ranked recruiting class.
Anton-Ohlmeyer recorded a 42-22 record in 2012-13, including 16 wins over blue chip and other five-star recruits. Fourouclas has been ranked as high as No. 474 in the world by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and played on the Fed Cup team in 2011 at age 16. McAdoo was ranked as the 118th-ranked junior in the world by the International Tennis Federation and she owns a 43-24 career record in ITF events.