Jackets Cruise to 5-2 Decision at Syracuse – Women’s Tennis — Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Jackets Cruise to 5-2 Decision at Syracuse – Women's Tennis — Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Georgia Tech’s No. 37 women’s tennis reacted after dropping the doubles point to win five singles matches to claim a 5-2 win at Syracuse on Friday afternoon.

The Yellow Jackets (5-4, 2-1 ACC) lost a hard-fought double point, giving Syracuse (6-4, 0-3 ACC) the early game lead. The Orange quickly took the lead in doubles, winning 6-2 on court three, but Georgia Tech was struggling on the first two courts. Competing on court two, Tech duo ranked 18th Carol Lee and Kate Sharabura led 3-1 over Miyuka Kimoto and Polina Kozyreva, but Orange rallied to level the score at 4-4. Serving 5-all, Lee and Sharabura pocketed the next two games and Sharabura served the match for a 7-5 triumph.

The doubles point was decided on court one where the No. 16 Kylie Bilchev and Ava Hrastar against Shiori Ito and Sofya Treshcheva. It was a back-and-forth battle early on as the teams held on serve at 5-5. The Orange took a 6-5 lead, but the Jackets rallied to force a tiebreaker at 6-all. Bilchev and Hrastar erased an early deficit in the tiebreak and came back to 3-3, but Orange won the next three points for a 6-3 advantage. Tech rallied late, making it 6-5, but the Orange held on, winning 7-5 to secure the doubles point.

Trailing 1-0 in the game, Georgia Tech would need to win four singles matches to rally to victory. Competing on court five, Gia Cohen tied the game, picking up a straight-set singles win over Ito, 6-2, 6-1. The senior ran with a 3-0 lead to open the first set and never looked back to pocket the game. Lee gave Tech his first lead of the day, earning a court one victory over Kimoto. Improving to 8-1 in double play, Lee pocketed a tight first set, 6-3, after winning the last three games, and went undefeated in the second set, 6-0, to give the Jackets a 2-1 game in the lead.

Georgia Tech won the next three singles matches to finish to seal the victory. Mahak Jain cushioned Tech’s lead on court four, beating Zeynep Erman, 6-2, 6-1. After winning the first set, 6-1, the second opened the final set, 5-0, and won the match with a 6-1 victory. Bilchev won the match for the Jackets on court three. The freshman split the first two sets, 6-1, 1-6, against Kozyreva, forcing a third set. Bilchev opened the third set with a 2-1 lead and continued to build his advantage, never losing another game, winning the match at 4-1.

Sharabura rounded out Tech’s singles victories on short six. Facing Fonte, Sharabura battled to a three-set decision. Sharabura gained a set advantage over Fonte, 6-0, but Orange leveled the game, winning the second set, 6-2. Tied at 2-2 in the final set, Sharabura took a 4-3 lead and sealed the victory at 6-3.

Syracuse won its only singles match on court two as Viktoriya Kanapatskaya took a super tiebreaker decision against Hrastar, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 1-0 (10-7) .

Georgia Tech wraps up the four-game road swing at Boston College on Sunday. The first service is scheduled for 10 a.m. in Weymouth, Mass.

1. Shiori Ito/Sofya Treshcheva (SYR) defeated. #16 Kylie Bilchev/Ava Hrastar (GT) 7-6 (7-5)
2. No. 18 Carol Lee/Kate Sharabura (GT) def. Miyuka Kimoto/Polina Kozyreva (SYR) 7-5
3. Ines Fonte/Viktoriya Kanapatskaya (SYR) defeated. Gia Cohen/Ruth Marsh (GT) 6-2
Order of arrival: 3,2,1

1. No. 72 Carol Lee (GT) def. Miyuka Kimoto (SYR) 6-3, 6-0
2. Viktoriya Kanapatskaya (SYR) defeated. Ava Hrastar (GT) 6-4, 6-7 (5), 1-0 (10-7)
3. #73 Kylie Bilchev (GT) def. Polina Kozyreva (SYR) 6-1, 1-6, 6-1
4. Mahak Jain (GT) defeated. Zeyep Erman (SYR) 6-2, 6-1
5. Gia Cohen (GT) beats. Shiori Ito (SYR) 6-2, 6-1
6. Kate Sharabura (GT) beats. Ines Fonte (SYR) 6-0, 2-6, 6-3
Order of arrival: 5,1,4,3,6,2

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