Feb. 15, 2014
KNOXVILLE - The No. 27 Tennessee women's tennis team battled the whole way but fell Saturday afternoon to No. 21 Georgia Tech 5-2 at the Goodfriend Tennis Center.
"There were a lot of competitive matches, but we need to convert," said co-head coach Mike Patrick. "We need to finish off sets when we are ahead, we need to play less uptight. We are still getting to that point where we are showing our age and inexperience. We have to play through that. We are working hard, we just have to keep training."
The Lady Vols (1-3) competed in tiebreaks five times, converting in two of them as Eve Repic won the first set tie break in her match en route to one of Tennessee's two singles wins on the day.
Laurence Guevremont had the other in the third set to come away with a win to end the match vs. the Yellow Jackets (3-1).
"We just didn't win enough of them," said Patrick. "That is part of becoming a better team. When you are a little more experienced and a little tougher, you convert those. Georgia Tech was just a little more experienced in certain areas and spots and we have to pull those through."
Despite a battle from the Lady Vols, Georgia Tech came away with the doubles point thanks to 8-4 victories on courts two and three.
At No. 1 doubles, the newly formed pair of Joanna Henderson and Guevremont stayed point for point with the nation's No. 1 ranked doubles pair of Kendal Woodard and Megan Kurey. With Georgia Tech clinching the doubles point, the match remained unfinished with GT up 7-6 and the Lady Vols on serve.
"It is a good experience for [Jo and Laurence]," said Patrick. "We have been getting on them about being too passive and they played aggressive today. By playing aggressive they kept themselves in with a very good team. Hopefully they will build on that."
Georgia Tech gained a 2-0 advantage as Tiffany Tavares fell 6-3, 6-4 on court five to Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer.
The Lady Vols got on the board as No. 63 Eve Repic defeated No. 94 Kendal Woodard 7-6 (4), 6-1 at No. 1 singles forcing a first set tie break and easily taking the second set.
Lindl, who came back from a 1-6 first set loss took the second set 6-4, but fell in the third set 1-6 as Georgia Tech netted its third point of the match.
The Yellow Jackets clinched the match as Natasha Prokhnevska came back in the second set to defeat Henderson in the tiebreak 6-4, 7-6 (5) for the match win.
Georgia Tech forced third sets on courts four and six to close out the match.
Olivarez captured the first set on court four 6-4, but McAdoo came back 7-6 (3) in the second set to force a third set tie break which she won 1-0 (5) to put the fifth point on the board.
After being down 4-1, Guevremont rallied back winning five straight games to capture the first set 6-4 over Muriel Wacker. The Montreal, Quebec native continued on winning seven straight games to take a 2-0 second set advantage before giving up a point and eventually the second set 5-7. In the third set tiebreak, Guevremont had the advantage and came away with the 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (7) win.
The Lady Vols will be back in action on Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. with an in-state double header. Tennessee will first face Belmont at 11 a.m. followed by a 4 p.m. match with Chattanooga.
Tennis Match Results
Georgia Tech vs Tennessee
Feb 15, 2014 at Knoxville, Tenn.
(Goodfriend Tennis Center)
#21 Georgia Tech 5, #27 Tennessee 2
1. #63 Eve Repic (UT) def. #94 Kendal Woodard (GT) 7-6 (4), 6-1
2. Natasha Prokhnevska (GT) def. Joanna Henderson (UT) 6-4, 7-6 (5)
3. Megan Kurey (GT) def. Brittany Lindl (UT) 6-1, 4-6, 6-1
4. Rasheeda McAdoo (GT) def. Victoria Olivarez (UT) 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 1-0 (5)
5. Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer (GT) def. Tiffany Tavares (UT) 6-3, 6-4
6. Laurence Guevremont (UT) def. Muriel Wacker (GT) 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (7)
1. Joanna Henderson/Laurence Guevremont (UT) vs. #1 Kendal Woodard/Megan Kurey (GT) 6-7, unfinished
2. Natasha Prokhnevska/Muriel Wacker (GT) def. Victoria Olivarez/Eve Repic (UT) 8-3
3. Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer/Rasheeda McAdoo (GT) def. Ambika Pande/Brittany Lindl (UT) 8-4
Georgia Tech 3-1; National ranking #21
Tennessee 1-3; National ranking #27
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,1,3,2,4,6)