W. Tennis Defeated by #2 Georgia Tech in Quarterfinals
Altamonte Springs, Fla. - The No. 36 NC State women’s tennis team fell in the quarterfinals to No. 2 Georgia Tech, 4-0, at the 2008 ACC Championships. The Pack were the No. 8 seed in the tournament while Georgia Tech received the No. 1 seed. The Red and White fell to 13-10 on the season and the Yellow Jackets improved to 19-4 for the year.
The Pack dropped the opening doubles point despite a strong effort at all of the positions. Daria Petrovic and Berkeley Brock fell at No. 2 doubles, 8-5, before Catherine Grotz and Lenka Hojckova dropped a tight 8-6 decision to clinch the doubles point for the Yellow Jackets. At No. 3 doubles, Neils Barringer and Julia Roach were also defeated 8-5.
"I thought we competed with a lot of confidence today,” Head Coach Hans Olsen said. “You could see the look in their eyes and we put pressure on all three courts throughout doubles.”
Daria Petrovic fell 6-1, 6-3 to ACC Player of the Year No. 5 Kristi Miller at No. 1 singles. Berkeley Brock then fell at No. 2 singles, 6-3, 6-0, to No. 4 Amanda McDowell.
No. 40 Maya Johansson defeated Neils Barringer at No. 6 singles, 6-4, 6-2 to clinch the victory for Georgia Tech. In the postseason, matches are stopped immediately when one team reaches four team points. Catherine Grotz and Lenka Hojckova both lost very tight first sets, 7-5, before their matches were forced to end.
Despite falling to Georgia Tech for the second time this season, Coach Olsen has seen a lot of improvement from his team over the past two weeks.
“I thought it was a big improvement from last time we played these guys,” Olsen said. “Our girls adjusted and played a much more confident match this time around and gave a good quality effort when it counted. The last two weeks we have taken two big steps forward, and I thought that showed today.”
The women’s tennis team will now wait to see if they are selected to the NCAA Tournament for a third straight year.
No. 2 Georgia Tech 4, No. 36 N.C. State 0