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Yellow Jacket Roundup: January 18th, 2018

“Every Monday” turns to Thursday real fast when you forget to schedule your article. Cool.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: JAN 07 Women's - Notre Dame at Georgia Tech
This game wasn’t this week, but it was not a Tech win, either.
Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Women’s Tennis

The women’s tennis team got back in action this weekend up in Ann Arbor at the Michigan Invitational. In fact, in the tournament, which features several ranked teams, the Jackets are ranked no. 7 in the country and are arguably the favorite. In the first day of play, two of the five Tech singles players won their matches, including a massive upset of the nation’s fifth ranked player, Gabriela Talaba, by Paige Hourigan, who is ranked 94th, in straight sets. Freshman Ida Jarlskog’s win was also an upset, but it took three sets to decide that match. Both pure Tech doubles teams also won on Saturday. Sunday was not as successful for the Jackets, who only managed a single win in singles play. Additionally, one of the two doubles teams won.

This week: Women’s Tennis is off this week.

Men’s Tennis

The Jackets not only swept the doubleheader with The Citadel on Tuesday, but didn’t allow the visitors to win a single match in either. Tech passed the looks test and played well in their first competition since Christopher Eubanks officially announced he would forgo his senior season to become a professional. Eubanks, as ever, is a consummate Tech man and his team looked strong in their opener without him. Later in the week, the Jackets hosted three nationally ranked teams in the Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational. On Saturday, Tech was swept by no. 16 Illinois on the doubles side. U of I also won three of the five singles matches. Against no. 23 Columbia, the Jackets’ sophomore Carlos Divar, Tech’s number one singles player without Eubanks, upset Columbia star Victor Pham. On the day, Tech was 4-4, and Elijah Melendez remains undefeated on the young season. The Jackets wrapped up their invitational against the archenemies from Athens on Monday, losing every set, though Andrew Li almost upending no. 30 Jan Zielinski in the process.

This week: Tech hosts hated georgia today, January 15th, at 2:00 PM, and, later in the week, heads to Tennessee and Auburn, two more former SEC rivals. Does the long-standing football animosity spill over onto the tennis courts with the latter two? We’ll find out this week.

Indoor Track and Field

Track headed to Nashville this past weekend, a place they will return to several more times in the indoor season, and ran fairly well. Their most significant hurdle this meet was, well, the hurdles, which they cleared with ease. Jokes aside, both the men and women’s highest scorers from last week at Clemson in the 60m hurdles posted another set of solid times in the event. In fact, Jeanine Williams’ time was the fastest in the conference this far, and third best in the country. Meanwhile, the men won the 1600 meter relay, and had several other strong runs. Overall, it was a strong showing for the Jackets.

This week: Track goes back to Nashville!

Women’s Basketball

Wednesday, January 10th: North Carolina State (13 - 5) beats Georgia Tech (12 - 6), 56-43.

Sunday, January 14th: Pittsburgh (9 - 9) defeats Georgia Tech (12 - 7), 68-62.

Yikes! Tech has now dropped four in a row. There’s no way to sugarcoat the losses, but the basketball teams seem to have participated in some Freaky Friday-esque body swapping the past two weeks. Whereas the men have rattled off a four game win streak, including knocking off two acclaimed teams, the Tech women have lost some heartbreakers and head scratchers since opening up the ACC slate.

On the road in the middle of the week, Tech led early against the Wolfpack, by as many as eight points. On the whole, Zaire O’Neill led Tech scorers with 19 points. However, a hot streak lasting the better part of two quarters reversed the script and the home team led by twelve at the end of the third quarter. With three minutes to play, the Jackets trailed by as little as nine points, and a faint glimmer of hope remained. However, that was promptly snuffed out and the Jackets were handed their third straight defeat.

Tech sits mired at 1-5 in the ACC after losing to Pittsburgh Sunday afternoon. The Jackets let the Panthers take a massive lead, and a furious rally was not enough to close it, though they brought the game within three points before bricking a three that would have tied the game at 65. Chanin Scott, with 14 points, and Francesca Pan, with 11 of her own, had strong games, but even though the home team turned the ball over 20 times, and the Jackets converted those into 23 points, Tech couldn’t consistently find the net. Neither team was great from the free throw line or from the floor, but Tech had no answer for Pittsburgh’s Alayna Gribble, who was terrific. Tech looks recuperate after a tough stretch with their midseason bye coming this week.

This Week: Tech looks to turn it around with a midweek break, which they sorely need, before they return home to host Wake Forest.

For men’s basketball coverage: Tech rolls through another week, stretching the winning streak to four games after knocking off Notre Dame at home and Pittsburgh on the road, their biggest road win in quite some time. Tech’s 3-1 ACC record is their best this far into the season in years. Tonight, they face highly regarded Virginia at home.

In case you missed it: a bunch of sports are getting new video boards, courtesy of the Georgia Tech Athletic Association. Additionally, the club lacrosse and soccer teams, as well as campus intramurals, are getting one installed for the Roe Stamps Fields, courtesy of, well, not the GTAA.

This Week on the Flats:

BOLD for home, REGULAR for away, ITALIC for time and location

Men’s Tennis hosts MLK Invitational
All day, Ken Byers Tennis Complex (Tech faces georgia at 2:00 PM)
Women’s Tennis @ Michigan Invitational
All day, Ann Arbor, MI

Tuesday: OFF

Wednesday: OFF

Men’s Basketball vs. Virginia
8:00 PM, McCamish Pavilion, ACC Network

Indoor Track and Field @ Vanderbilt Invitational
All day, Nashville, TN
Men’s Tennis @ Tennessee
7:00 PM, Knoxville, TN

Indoor Track and Field @ Vanderbilt Invitational
All day, Nashville, TN
Swimming and Diving @ South Carolina
12:00 PM, Columbia, SC
Men’s Basketball @ North Carolina
2:00 PM, Chapel Hill, NC

Men’s Tennis vs. Auburn
12:00 PM, Ken Byers Tennis Center
Women’s Basketball vs. Wake Forest
2:00 PM, McCamish Pavilion