The match against UCLA in the quarterfinals featured two rain delays before moving indoors. UCLA won the doubles point and got two of the first three singles wins to grab a 3-1 lead, only one away from winning. Instead, Tech fought back. Paige Hourigan dropped the first set 3-6 before winning the next two 6-3, 6-3 to take the score to 3-2. Nami Otsuka finished off her win in two close sets 7-5, 7-6. That left it all up to Ida Jarlskog and things did not look great. She won the first set 7-6, but dropped the second 6-0. She was able to turn it around in the third and finish the win off with a 6-3 set win. Next, Tech will take on #2 Vanderbilt in the semifinals tonight at Wake Forest. Go Jackets!
On Friday the ACC announced 4 Georgia Tech kickoff times, none of which are major surprises. The opener against Alcorn State September 1st is at 12:30 on the ACC Network. I know this is disappointing for many fans who go to the game (noon games in September can be brutal (looking at you 2013 Elon game)), but it is nice for the fans who will get to see the game on TV. The kickoff times for Tech’s two weekday games this year were also announced. The game at Louisville on Friday, October 5th will be at 7 pm while the Thursday, October 25th game at Virginia Tech will be at 7:30 pm.
The only really interesting time released is for the game at Pittsburgh on September 15th. That game is also set to start at 12:30 on the ACC network. I actually prefer early games when we play away so I’m happy with that.
Lost in the shuffle off the NBA playoffs was the NBA combine last Thursday and Friday. Okogie was being projected somewhere around the back of the second round, but his draft stock got a nice bump at the combine. He measured in at 6’3.5”, but with a massive 7’ wingspan. He also had the best vertical, 42”, and the best 3⁄4 court sprint, 3.04 seconds. He still has not signed with an agent so he could still decide to come back, but his performance at the combine made that a whole lot less likely.
Georgia Tech had a solid weekend taking two games from a very good Duke team. The game on Friday was especially impressive with a 20-7 final score. That secured the team the 8 seed in the ACC Tournament. They are in a pool with 1st seed North Carolina and 12th seed Pittsburgh. The first game is on Tuesday against Pitt. Georgia Tech is generally not projected in the field of 64, so a strong turnout in the ACC tournament is a necessity.