No. 46 Deacons Take Doubles, Fall 5-2 at Georgia Tech
March 7, 2014
By Currie McFayden, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWTennis)
ATLANTA, Ga. - No. 46 Wake Forest jumped out to an early lead by winning the doubles point, but could not hold off a strong singles surge by No. 23 Georgia Tech, falling 5-2 at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex on Friday afternoon.
The Demon Deacons (8-4, 1-4 ACC) captured their 10th doubles point in 12 attempts this season, but wins at the top five singles positions gave the Yellow Jackets (6-3, 3-1 ACC) the victory.
Kimmy Guerin and Andrea Retolaza got the squad on the board early, taking control early on and coasting to an 8-2 victory over Rasheeda McAdoo and Nicole Gott-Murillo. The Yellow Jackets quickly answered, however, as the third-ranked duo of Kendal Woodard and Megan Kurey downed Xue Zhang and Kasey Gardiner 8-4 despite a strong effort from the Deacon duo.
With the doubles decision coming down to the final match, Samantha Asch and Luisa Fernandez came through in a big way for Wake Forest. The freshman pair, who have previously been ranked as high as No. 50 this season, toppled Muriel Wacker and Natasha Prokhnevska 8-6 in a match that was closely contested throughout.
In singles action, Gardiner came one game away from blanking Gott-Murillo at the No. 6 position, easily claiming the 6-1, 6-0 win. The sophomore won her third match in her last four tries and earned her sixth straight-sets victory of the dual season en route to giving Wake Forest a quick 2-0 overall lead in the match.
Georgia Tech evened the match at 2-2 with victories at the Nos. 1 and 5 spots in the next two matches off the court. Retolaza battled Prokhnevska at the top position, taking five games off her opponent, but ultimately fell 6-4, 6-1. Zhang squared off against Wacker at No. 5 and won six games, but could not come away with the win after falling 6-2, 6-4.
At No. 2 singles, Guerin pushed No. 124 Woodard to three sets. The freshman fell behind early, but staged an excellent rally in the second set to force the match to go the distance. Despite Guerin's strong play, Woodard came away with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 victory.
The Yellow Jackets ultimately claimed the match with straight-sets wins at Nos. 3 and 4 to create the final 5-2 scoreline.
Wake Forest will return home on Sunday afternoon at Noon to take on top-ranked Duke on the Leighton Courts at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex. That will mark the first contest of a five-match homestand for the Demon Deacons, who will remain at home through March 23.
#23 Georgia Tech 5, #46 Wake Forest 2