Saturday May 11, 2013Georgia Tech Defeated Yale 4-3 to Advance to Sunday's Match
Georgia Tech's Natasha Prokhnevska clinched the team's 4-3 victory against Yale with a win at third singles in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex in Gainesville, Fla. on Saturday, May 11. Prokhnevska registered a 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 victory against Yale's Annie Sullivan to clinch the match for the Yellow Jackets. GT advances to the second round and will take on the winner of the Florida-Marist match on Sunday, May 12 at 1 p.m.
“We were very fortunate today against a really tough team from Yale that competed very hard and obviously had a phenomenal season,” said Georgia Tech Head Coach Rodney Harmon. “I think they were 17-3 and they played extremely well. We were fortunate to play well. We lost the doubles point. They out played us in doubles and then we were able to get going in singles, especially Muriel (Wacker) and the three freshmen bringing home victories against some very tough opponents. It was a very well played match.”
In doubles play, Georgia Tech was victorious at first singles, while Yale recorded a win at second singles. The doubles point would come down to third doubles. The teams were in a tight match, with each team breaking serve in the first two games, then holding serve in the following two. The Bulldogs tandem of Courtney Amos and Sullivan then went on a run, recording victories over the next six games to propel them a 8-2 win and the doubles point.
Yale jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the start of singles play as Georgia Tech's Jasmine Minor withdrew at sixth singles. The Yellow Jackets rebounded quickly. Megan Kurey and Muriel Wacker were victorious at fourth and fifth singles, respectively, to tie the match at 2-2.
Yale's Elizabeth Epstein, the 75th ranked singles player in the nation, broke Georgia Tech's run, stymying Yale's Elizabeth Kilborn, the 98th ranked player in the country, 6-2, 6-1 at first singles. That gave the Bulldogs a 3-2 advantage with two players remaining on the court.
Georgia Tech's Kendal Woodard, the nation's 88th ranked singles player, recorded a 6-3, 7-5 victory against Yale's Madeleine Hamilton at second singles. That would tie the match up at three games apiece and set the stage for the deciding third singles match.
2013 NCAA WOMEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
#23 Georgia Tech vs. #35 Yale
May 11, 2013 at Gainesville, Fla.
(Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex)
Final Score: Georgia Tech 4, Yale 3
Doubles (Order of finish: 1, 2, 3*)
1. Megan Kurey/Kendal Woodard (60), GT def. Elizabeth Epstein/Hanna Yu, YU, 8-2
2. Madeleine Hamilton/Amber Li, YU def. Jasmine Minor/Natasha Prokhnevska, GT, 8-3
3. Courtney Amos/Annie Sullivan, YU def. Elizabeth Kilborn/Muriel Wacker, GT, 8-2
Singles (Order of finish: 6, 4, 5, 1, 2, 3*)
1. Elizabeth Epstein (75), YU def. Elizabeth Kilborn (98), GT, 6-2, 6-1
2. Kendal Woodard (88), GT def. Madeleine Hamilton, YU, 6-3, 7-5
3. Natasha Prokhnevska, GT def. Annie Sullivan, YU, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3
4. Megan Kurey, GT def. Hanna Yu, YU, 6-1, 6-2
5. Muriel Wacker, GT def. Amber Li, YU, 6-2, 6-2
6. Sarah Guzick, YU def. Jasmine Minor, GT, Minor withdrew
Updated Records: Georgia Tech - 15-9; Yale - 17-4
NCAA Seeding: Georgia Tech - 17-32; Yale - 33-48
ITA National Ranking: Georgia Tech - 23; Yale – 35