THE FLATS - In a fitting conclusion to the 2013 Georgia Tech home women's tennis schedule, senior Elizabeth Kilborn clinched a 4-0 Yellow Jacket victory over the Virginia Tech Hokies on Senior Day at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex.
Kilborn is the only senior on this year's team and is the 2013 Yellow Jacket captain. It is the third Georgia Tech win Kilborn has clinched this year along with victories over No. 16 Florida State and Boston College.
With the win, the Yellow Jackets improve to 11-8 overall and 5-4 in the ACC. Virginia Tech drops to 13-9 and 2-7 in the conference.
"It was great. I was happy Liz was able to finish the win," head coach Rodney Harmon said. "She played well all day. She played great in doubles and she played well in singles as well. It was a great Senior Day for us.
"The team really wanted to make sure they played well today," Harmon added. "They wanted to make sure Liz had a great Senior Day. I think we showed that in doubles. We played great in doubles because this team beat Virginia in doubles. So we knew we had to come out and play well and we played extremely well in doubles. That just set a tone through the rest of the singles."
Georgia Tech dominated the Hokies from the start and won the doubles point for the 10th time this season. Freshman Megan Kurey and Kendal Woodard improved to 20-5 overall, 16-2 in duals and 7-1 in the ACC with an 8-1 win over Ilinca Stoica and Kelly Williford on court one.
The Jackets clinched the doubles point with an 8-3 win on court two by Elizabeth Kilborn and Muriel Wacker over Virginia Tech's Raluca Mita and Carol Kahoun. Jasmine Minor and Natasha Prokhnevska were leading Isel Martinez-Marcos and Emily Lauten 6-2 on court three when the point was clinched.
Kurey continued the hot play for the Yellow Jackets as the Alpharetta native rolled to a 6-0, 6-3 win over Kahoun on court four. The rookie improves to 16-14 on the year and 4-4 in the ACC, and has won six of her last nine matches.
Wacker cruised to a 6-2, 6-0 win over Williford on court five to put Georgia Tech up 3-0. It was the seventh straight victory for Wacker as the Zurich, Switzerland, native improves to 13-5 on the season.
Kilborn capped a storybook finish to her Senior Day with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over the Hokies' Ilinca Stoica on court one. Woodard was up 6-3, 5-2 on court two and joked with Kilborn that she slowed down a bit in order to let the Yellow Jacket captain clinch her final home match.
Georgia Tech will be on the road for the final weekend of the 2013 regular season as the Yellow Jackets travel to Wake Forest for a 12 p.m. match Saturday, April 20, in Winston-Salem and a 1 p.m. match at NC State Sunday, April 21. The 2013 ACC Championships will be April 25-28 at the Cary Tennis Park in Cary, N.C.
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Virginia Tech vs Georgia Tech
Apr 14, 2013 at Atlanta, Ga.
(Ken Byers Tennis Complex)
#19 Georgia Tech 4, Virginia Tech 0
1. #80 Elizabeth Kilborn (GT) def. Ilinca Stoica (VT) 6-2, 6-2
2. #108 Kendal Woodard (GT) vs. Raluca Mita (VT) 6-3, 5-2, unfinished
3. Natasha Prokhnevska (GT) vs. Isel Martinez-Marcos (VT) 6-1, 1-0, unfinished
4. Megan Kurey (GT) def. Carol Kahoun (VT) 6-0, 6-3
5. Muriel Wacker (GT) def. Kelly Williford (VT) 6-2, 6-0
6. Jasmine Minor (GT) vs. Tea Ivanovic (VT) 5-7, 1-1, unfinished
1. #57 Megan Kurey/Kendal Woodard (GT) def. Ilinca Stoica/Kelly Williford (VT) 8-1
2. Elizabeth Kilborn/Muriel Wacker (GT) def. Raluca Mita/Carol Kahoun (VT) 8-3
3. Jasmine Minor/Natasha Prokhnevska (GT) vs. Isel Martinez-Marcos/Emily Lauten (VT) 6-2, unfinished
Virginia Tech 13-9, 2-7 ACC
Georgia Tech 11-8, 5-4 ACC; National ranking #19
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,5,1)
Match moved indoors during doubles play