Tennis headed to Cary, NC, for the Duke Invitational this wekend. Three of the five Yellow Jackets in the singles draws advanced Friday night. Sadly, all of the Yellow Jacket-involved doubles teams (two pairs, with Nadia Gizdova partnered with Florida’s Victoria Emma) lost, but played on in the second pairing the next morning. Saturday, in a pleasant change of pace, all three doubles teams won. Meanwhile, in the singles tournament, Nami Otsuka advanced to the consolation finals in her draw, while Kenya Jones secured a spot in her own finals. On the last day, with doubles done for the weekend, the Jackets were able to secure three more singles victories. Sadly, Jones, despite winning the first set and narrowly losing the second, was dispatched 1-6, 7-6 (1), 6-1 by LSU’s Elyse Lavender. The trip up to Duke was a successful bounce-back for the historically excellent Jackets. The newcomers both managed a pair of third place finishes; all in all, a good start for the predominantly-underclassman Tech team.
This week: Women’s tennis is off the rest of the month.
Friday, September 15th:
georgia (10-3) dispatches Georgia Tech (5-6) 23-25, 26-24, 25-18, 25-20 (3 - 1)
Though Tech took the first set against the host Bulldogs, only the second set they had lost at home this season, they eventually fell in four to the team from Athens. The second set, much like the first, was narrowly decided, needing an extra point from the standard 25 to decide the match, tying the teams after two sets. However, after that, Tech went down in two more sets, and lost the match. Though the trip was ultimately fruitless, unlike last year’s sweep of georgia at O’Keefe, the Jackets look to open their conference play more experienced, with their play having been immediately tested by this year’s tougher non-conference slate. Though no one enjoys a loss to the team out east, especially in a sport the Jackets have dominated the past few years, taking on the Tigers in Clemson will be a nice way to put our in-state rivals in the rearview mirror.
This week: Volleyball opens the ACC schedule at Clemson and Duke.
Coming up this week on the Flats: Men’s golf is back in action, volleyball and football kick off their ACC schedules, and softball and men’s tennis get a fall tune-up.