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Yellow Jacket Roundup: January 21st, 2018

WBB is back on track.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: JAN 07 Women's - Notre Dame at Georgia Tech
Recruits McDonald’s All-Americans, rights the ship, presumably knows angles.
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A weekly look into swimming and diving, track and field, cross country, softball, women’s basketball, tennis, volleyball, golf, and anything else we happen to see on campus.

Men’s Tennis

Up in Knoxville to start the weekend, no. 86 Carlos Divar started Tech off on the right foot, winning 6-4 and 6-0 against highly-regarded no. 36 Timo Stodder. Elsewhere in singles play, Elijah Melendez and Michael Kay picked up nice wins. However, since three Jackets also fell to Volunteers, and Tech lost two doubles sets, Tennessee was able to narrowly edge Tech, 4-3. Though the final score of Sunday’s bout against Auburn was 6-1, Tech won many key sets to ultimately take the victory. Two doubles pairs, consisting of Divar and Kay, as well as Philip Gresk and Andrew Li, took home early victories for the Jackets. The lone loss came from Divar in singles, with Gresk, Daniel Yun, and Chris Yun notching wins. Most notably, Kay and Melendez remain unbeaten on the year in singles play. Overall, it was a solid weekend, with almost every singles player clawing their way back from a close loss in the second set to ultimately take the win for the Jackets.

This week: Tech heads to Oklahoma for the ITA Kickoff Weekend.

Indoor Track and Field

Tech split in half this weekend, traveling to both Clemson and Vanderbilt for their meets. In Clemson, Tech’s supreme hurdler Jeanine Williams again impressed with a second place finish in the 60 meter hurdles. In the heretofore unmentioned-in-Yellow Jacket Roundup field events, William Solomon placed in the top ten in both the long jump and the triple jump, while Hunter Mallard placed fourth in the pole vault. Meanwhile, in Nashville, Tech was best represented in the 5000 meter run. Sam Costa paced the Jackets in the event with a time of 14:45.10, good for fifth, while Braeden Collins snagged seventh with a 14:52.71. Excellent as per usual, Nahom Solomon added a third place finish of his own in the 3000 meters.

This week: Tech heads back to Clemson this weekend for another invitational.

Swimming and Diving

It was a good meet for the Yellow Jacket aquatics teams. In their first dual meet against a Division I team since November, a loss in Athens, the men’s team upset no. 25 South Carolina, 168-130. Meanwhile, the women lagged behind, falling 176.5-118.5. Women’s diving continues to be a bright spot, and upperclassmen Megan Young won the 100 back while Iris Wang snagged the 50 free and Kira de Bruyn took the 200 IM, but, for the most part, the Jackets didn’t even sniff second place. A slew of thirds, fourths, and fifths does not win a dual meet, however, Camryn Hidalgo’s prowess on the board secured her entry in two events at the Zone (think Regional) Diving Championships. On the men’s side, they finished in first place eleven times on the way the upset of the Gamecocks. Men’s diving also looked stellar, with Matt Casillas also securing two zone standards. Christian Ferrero, Noah Harasz, Rodrigo Correia, and Caio Pumpitis each won at least one event and the men racked up nine individual national cuts as well.

This week: Tech hosts crosstown Division III Emory Saturday morning, in yet another instance of funky swimming scheduling this season.

Women’s Basketball

Sunday, January 14th: Georgia Tech (13 - 7) rights the ship against Wake Forest (10 - 10), 79-67.

Tech comes away with their first week in a few weeks after banishing the Demon Deacons by 12 Sunday afternoon. The rest suited the Jackets, as the replenished Jackets had five players with more than ten points, led by Zaire O’Neill’s 18. The Jackets out-rebounded Wake Forest by nine, and outshot them in and outside the arc, and from the free throw line. Simply put, Tech dominated this game from the outset. Fueled by their massive 29-9 lead, Tech never trailed after the first quarter. At the half, the margin was twelve points, and though they came within as few as five points, that is where the game ended. And with the end of the losing skid comes, at long last, the genesis of a winning streak.

This Week: Tech heads to VPISU and hosts Virginia.

For men’s basketball coverage: Tech falls twice, to Virginia at home and North Carolina on the road.

This Week on the Flats:

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

Monday: OFF

Tuesday: OFF

Men’s Basketball @ Florida State
7:00 PM, Tallahassee, FL, Regional Sports Networks

Women’s Basketball @ Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
7:00 PM, Blacksburg, VA, ACC Network Extra

Indoor Track and Field @ Clemson Invitational
All day, Clemson, SC

Saturday: Swimming Senior Day at McAuley
Indoor Track and Field @ Clemson Invitational
All day, Clemson, SC
Men’s Tennis @ ITA Kickoff Weekend
All day, Norman, OK
Women’s Tennis vs. South Florida
11:00 AM, Ken Byers Tennis Complex
Swimming and Diving vs. Emory (Division III)
11:00 AM, McAuley Aquatic Center, ACC Network Extra

Sunday: Basketball Doubleheader at McCamish
Men’s Tennis @ ITA Kickoff Weekend
All day, Norman, OK
Women’s Tennis vs. Denver or Dartmouth
10:00 AM or 1:00 PM, Ken Byers Tennis Complex
Women’s Basketball vs. Virginia
1:00 PM, McCamish Pavilion, ACC Network Extra
Men’s Basketball vs. Clemson
6:00 PM, McCamish Pavilion, ESPNU