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Yellow Jacket Roundup: The Road to the Final Four

It’s Tennis Night (Day?) in America (Winston-Salem?)

Living to play another day.
Georgia Tech Athletics/Danny Karnik

METZ, FRANCE - A quick turnaround, but much happened in the world of college women’s tennis.


No. 4 Women’s Tennis

The Jackets, in uncharacteristic fashion, dropped the doubles point to start the match down 1-0 to the no. 12 Pepperdine Waves. Tech lost on the top two courts when play was suspended. Nami Otsuka got Tech on the board, securing the first singles point in a 6-1, 6-1 victory. Pepperdine took the lead back yet, 2-1, in what proved to be a four hour long, back and forth battle. After dropping her first set, Paige Hourigan took two to tie the match once more, and Ida Jarlskog followed close behind with a win of her own to send the match to the brink. Pepperdine, however, did not go down quietly, and the two teams were tied one final time. It came down to Victoria Flores on court six to determine the outcome. After three long sets, Flores pulled out a 7-4, 3-6, 6-4 victory and the Jackets punched their tickets to the Elite Eight.

In the wee hours of the morning, roughly five hours, two rain delays, and a move indoors after it began, the Jackets were once again knotted at three against the UCLA Bruins. Once again, the Jackets lost the doubles point, despite a win on court one from Hourigan and Kenya Jones. Though Johnnise Renaud tied the match at one, Tech soon found themselves in an imposing 3-1 hole. They did not, however, go down without a fight. There is a reason matches are played to four and not three. Tech needed to sweep the rest to keep their season alive. The senior Hourigan was the first to answer. She lost the first set 3-6 but came back to win the next two by the reverse margin. The Jackets trailed by just one. Otsuka won two sets in tiebreak to tie the Jackets with the Bruins at three. Everything came down to Jarlskog. The won the first set 7-6, a good start, but proceeded to get swept 6-0 in the second. In the final set, the nation’s no. 125 singles player upset the no. 67 ranked Abi Altick with a 6-3 win, sealing the game, the set, and the match for the victorious Yellow Jackets, who are on the Final Four later today.

This Week: Tech plays at 10:00 AM EDT in Winston Salem against Vanderbilt in their first final four appearance since their 2007 national championship. WATCH HERE (Tech is on the Leighton Family Courts). And they live to play another day.

Track and Field

Track was off this week and will next compete later this week in the NCAA East Regional Preliminaries from May 24th-26th.

Men’s Tennis

Same as last week: Carlos Divar heads to the NCAA singles bracket, and will be joined by his doubles partner Michael Kay in the doubles draw. They will begin play at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex May 23rd.

Baseball

For baseball coverage: Tech takes two of three from Coastal division foe no. 10 Duke in the final homestand of the regular season. Wade Bailey belts a home run on his last at-bat at Russ Chandler Stadium in the Saturday Senior Day home finale loss.

This weekend: Tech secured the no. 8 seed in the ACC tournament, will face no. 12 Pittsburgh and no. 1 North Carolina starting Tuesday at 11:00 AM. If they advance from the pool, they would play Saturday in the semifinals and Sunday for the ACC Conference Championship.


This Week on the Flats:

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

Monday:
Women’s Tennis: No. 2 Vanderbilt vs. No. 4 Georgia Tech
10:00 AM, Winston-Salem, NC

Tuesday:
Baseball: Georgia Tech vs. Pittsburgh
11:00 AM, Durham, NC, ACC Network Extra, RSNs, and WREK 91.1

Wednesday: OFF

Thursday:
Track and Field @ NCAA East Regional Preliminaries
All day, Tampa, FL

Friday:
Track and Field @ NCAA East Regional Preliminaries
All day, Tampa, FL
Baseball: Georgia Tech vs. North Carolina
3:00 PM, Durham, NC, ACC Network Extra, RSNs, and WREK 91.1

Saturday:
Track and Field @ NCAA East Regional Preliminaries
All day, Tampa, FL

Sunday: OFF