Women’s tennis beats three conference foes

The women’s team jumped to 8-1 in the ACC and No. 2 in the national rankings this past week with wins over Florida State, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

Tech traveled to Florida State on Wednesday, April 2 to take on the No. 18 Seminoles in a match that was postponed from early March due to rain.

In their last regular season away match, the Jackets came away with a close win of 4-3 after rallying back from a 2-3 deficit.

Tech swept doubles, which gave the team a 1-0 lead going into singles. The Jackets fell behind and were on the verge of losing during singles competition. Wins by senior Kristi Miller and junior Christy Striplin in singles allowed the score to be tied up to 3-3. Freshman Noelle Hickey had dropped her first set to Florida State’s Ania Rynarzewska 4-6, but won her next two sets 6-1, 6-2 to win the decisive point in the match and give Tech a close victory over the Seminoles.

The Jackets returned home and faced No. 40 Virginia this past Saturday.

Tech swept the Cavaliers, winning every match en route to a 7-0 victory. Tech did not lose any match nor set during the day. Sophomore Amanda McDowell sealed the team’s victory with a win in a second set tiebreaker over opponent Jennifer Stevens.

On Sunday, No. 51 Virginia Tech traveled to Atlanta. The Hokies suffered a 6-1 loss to the Jackets at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.

Senior Whitney McCray and Hickey were the only doubles team to win for Tech. Virginia Tech’s close wins in the other two doubles matches led to the only point that the Hokies earned for the day.

After being down 0-1, Tech came back and swept all of the singles matches.

Freshman Maya Johansson clinched the match point after a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Virginia Tech’s Holly Johnson.

Hickey had been selected as the ACC Women’s Tennis Player of the Week after helping the Jackets to secure wins over the past week and compiling a record of 5-0 over conference opponents.

The regular season ends this weekend at the Bill Moore Tennis Center as Tech faces Boston College on Saturday and then Maryland on Sunday.

They then travel to the ACC Tournament in Altamonte Springs, Fla. to attempt to win the conference tournament title for the fourth consecutive year.