April 16, 2014
The #27-ranked Georgia Tech women's tennis team (11-7, 8-4 ACC) wrap up their final regular season weekend at home when they host #7 North Carolina on Thursday at 4 p.m. and #1 Duke on Saturday at noon. Senior Muriel Wacker will be honored on Senior Day which will take place prior to the Duke match.
Live stats for both matches can be found here.
Senior Muriel Wacker will be honored prior to the Duke match on Sunday during Senior Day. Muriel has won 43 doubles matches in her career and 43 singles matches throughout her career. Muriel is 13-5 in singles this dual match season and owns a team-best 11-1 ACC singles record on court five. This season, Muriel has gone 14-9 alongside doubles partner Natasha Prokhnevska and is 9-7 on court two in doubles play.
On February 25, Wacker and Natasha debuted in the national doubles rankings, coming in at #46. Her singles win on January 25 clinched the win for the Jackets against #25 Nebraska, sending Tech to the finals of the ITA Kickoff weekend. In addition to her win against Nebraska, Wacker has also clinched another match for the Jackets. As a junior, her win against Nataliya Bredikhina of Maryland secured Tech's victory against the Terrapins. As a senior, Wacker has played at both the number five and six spots in singles and plays on court two for doubles.
For Thursday's match against North Carolina, parking will be available on Fowler street and in the McCamish lot starting at 2 p.m. For Saturday's match against Duke, parking will be available on Fowler street, eighth street and the McCamish lot.
Previewing #7 North Carolina (22-3, 11-1 ACC)
The Tar Heels have only dropped three matches this season, falling to #1 Duke twice and to Texas A&M. Jamie Loeb boasts an impressive 24-1 dual match record at the number one spot and is undefeated in ACC play at 12-0. She is ranked as the #1 singles player in the country, while her and Hayley Carter are the #3-ranked doubles team in the country. Whitney Kay and Caroline Price are also ranked in doubles, checking in at #15. Carter is the #6 singles player in the country, while Price checks in at #46 and Ashley Dai at #103.
Scouting #1 Duke (21-1, 11-1 ACC)
The only time the Duke Blue Devils have lost this season was against Virginia. The Blue Devils boast four ranked singles player with #5 Beatrice Capra, #24 Ester Goldfeld, #35 Hanna Mar and #111 Alyssa Smith. Capra and Mar pair up to make the #5-ranked doubles team while Goldfeld and Smith are at #22. Capra is 9-4 on court one this season and is 4-3 in conference play.
Home Sweet Home
The Jackets wrap up the regular season at home after playing 11 of their 18 dual matches on the road. Tech is 5-2 at the Ken Byers Tennis Center this season, capturing wins against Old Dominion (4-0), #46 Wake Forest (5-2), #64 N.C. State (5-2), Pittsburgh (7-0) and #68 Syracuse (7-0).
Winning the Doubles Point
The Yellow Jackets are 10-1 when winning the doubles point this season and 1-6 when losing the doubles point. Tech captured the doubles point against #25 Nebraska, Old Dominion, #27 Tennessee, #22 Notre Dame, #32 Florida State, Maryland, #64 N.C. State, #66 Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh and #68 Syracuse. Tech lost to the doubles point to #43 Wake Forest, but won the match. Against #46 Boston College, Tech won the doubles point, but lost the match.
Dynamic Doubles Duo
The sophomore doubles duo of Megan Kurey and Kendal Woodard are ranked #4 in the nation in the doubles rankings after debuting this season at the #4 spot. In the Feb. 11th poll, the pair was ranked as the #1 doubles team. The tandem is 10-4 together this spring and had won 14-straight doubles matches together, before a loss to Georgia snapped their winning streak. Kurey and Woodard are 6-4 in their last 10 matches.
Kurey and Woodard won the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships doubles title in November. The tandem is 24-8 together this year and 9-7 against nationally ranked opponents.
Jackets in the Rankings
The Georgia Tech women's tennis team checks in at #27 in the most 2014 ITA women's rankings which was released on April 15. The doubles tandem of Megan Kurey and Kendal Woodard are ranked at #4 in the doubles rankings. Tech's highest ranking this season was at #19 which was on both January 21 and February 25.
Georgia Tech is one of seven ACC schools that are ranked in the top-30 in the rankings, joining Duke (1), North Carolina (7), Virginia (9), Miami (15), Clemson (17), Notre Dame (24) and Georgia Tech (27).
The #4-ranked sophomore doubles duo of Megan Kurey and Kendal Woodard capped off an impressive fall season by winning the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships doubles title. Kurey and Woodard captured the national indoor doubles title on Nov. 10, 2013 after defeating Louisville's Julia Fellerhoff and Rebecca Shine in the championship match.
The tandem went 14-4 this fall and owned an impressive 7-3 record against nationally ranked opponents. The duo finished off the season on a nine-match winning streak, including three straight victories during national indoors on their way to the national doubles title. Kurey and Woodard also won the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Doubles Title in the fall.
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The Yellow Jackets travel to Cary, N.C. for the ACC Championships which begin on April 24 and run until April 27.