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Yellow Jacket Roundup: January 29th, 2018

Women’s Tennis has a stellar weekend and other news.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: JAN 07 Women's - Notre Dame at Georgia Tech
A mixed week for women’s basketball
Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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

Tech dropped matches to no. 16 Illinois and Northwestern this weekend in Oklahoma, with a spot in the ITA Indoor National Championships on the line. The Jackets looked outmatched in this one, their second bout with the Illini this month. They walked away with just a single point between the two matchups, though Carlos Divar and Michael Kay did put up a doubles win as well. Though the weekend didn’t quite turn out as well as it could have for Tech, they look to recuperate for a week before taking on nationally-ranked archrival georgia at USTA College MatchDay in Orlando.

This week: The Jackets are off.

No. 7 Women’s Tennis:

The nationally-acclaimed Yellow Jackets clinched a spot in the ITA Indoor National Championships for the second year in a row with their stellar performance this weekend. After an average-at-best performance a few weeks earlier in Ann Arbor, Tech bounced back to take wins against both South Florida (4-1) and Denver (4-1). The sixth singles match was the only speed bump against USF. On Sunday, their only loss against Denver was the first singles point, an upset of Paige Hourigan. The rest of the team took care of business handily, with two games on each day not even played all the way through because Tech had already clinched victory. The Jackets looked extremely good this weekend

This week: The Jackets host Oregon this Saturday on the Flats.

Indoor Track and Field

Tech was back in Clemson this weekend, with the whole team on this trip. It was relatively uneventful, but the both the men and women had solid showings in the 800 meter run. Once again, the field portion of track and field had a solid meet, with Hunter Mallard setting a new personal best in the pole vault and Madeline Hammond topping her previous mark in the high jump with a 1.62 meter leap.

This week: Tech heads to Texas A&M for the Charlie Thomas Invitational.

No. 24/34 Swimming and Diving

Tech swept Division III champion Emory on their Senior Day at home this Saturday. Notable swims include the quartet of solid swims from the women in the horrifically long 1650 yard freestyle, a rare appearance of the 100 Individual Medley, and solid swims from seniors Moises Loschi and Kaitlin Kitchens. For a more detailed write-up, check out the latest non-revenue feature.

This week: Tech tapers until February 14th, the start of the women’s ACC Championship Meet.

Women’s Basketball

Thursday, January 25th: VPISU (14 - 7) defeats Georgia Tech (13 - 8), 68-62.

Sunday, January 28th: Virginia (15 - 7) edges Georgia Tech (13 - 9), 62-56.

It was a lackluster week for the Jackets, who had finally gotten another conference win against Wake Forest. Instead of building off that momentum, however, Tech dropped two in a row to the Virginian ACC teams. Zaire O-Neill, reliable as ever, found herself with a double-double in the loss in Blacksburg, but off-night performances from key cogs like Francesca Pan downed the Jackets. While Chanin Scott and Kierra Fletcher had solid nights, Tech never pulled away even when they managed to sneak into the lead. Though the game was close to the very end, Tech found themselves fouling down by a basket with under a minute to play. The Hokies sank every opportunity at the free throw line, taking the game to its final margin, 68-62.

Pan bounced back but the team still did not find itself on the winning side of the equation on Sunday afternoon against Virginia. Tech did not sink a single three point basket and only shot 60% from the line. The lead changed multiple times over the course of the game, with Tech taking control before the half. The game was never out of reach, but, ultimately the Jackets fell by the same margin as they had in Blacksburg earlier in the week. It has been a difficult conference season for the Jackets but the ACC is always a challenge and there are still games to be played.

This Week: Tech heads to Duke and Clemson.

For men’s basketball coverage: Tech falls twice more, to Florida State and rival Clemson.

Todd Stansbury on sports innovation and startups: Here is a link to the entire talk with good analysis here, but the non-revenue sport takeaway quote was: “We will, at some point, be adding sports [within the next decade]...I would say that women’s soccer will be pretty close to the top of the list. It’s a big sport in Georgia high schools, it’s a big sport in the ACC, and Atlanta has shown that it will support soccer. We’ll also look at beach volleyball and lacrosse.” So perhaps Yellow Jacket Roundup will get a little longer sometime soon.

This Week on the Flats:

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

Monday: OFF

Tuesday: OFF

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

Women’s Basketball @ Duke
7:00 PM, Durham, NC, ACC Network Extra
Men’s Golf @ Amer Ari Invitational
All Day, Waikoloa Resort, HI

Indoor Track and Field @ Charlie Thomas Invitational
All day, College Station, TX
Men’s Golf @ Amer Ari Invitational
All Day, Waikoloa Resort, HI

Indoor Track and Field @ Charlie Thomas Invitational
All day, College Station, TX
Men’s Golf @ Amer Ari Invitational
All Day, Waikoloa Resort, HI

Women’s Tennis vs. Oregon
12:00 PM, Ken Byers Tennis Complex
Women’s Basketball @ Clemson
2:00 PM, Clemson, SC, ACC Network Extra
Men’s Basketball @ Boston College
12:00 PM, Boston, MA, ESPNU