April 11, 2014
The Pitt tennis team (4-11, 0-11 ACC) travels to 32nd-ranked Georgia Tech and 45th-ranked Florida State this weekend for matches on Friday and Sunday, respectively. Friday’s match with the Yellow Jackets is a 4 p.m. start while Sunday’s match with the Seminoles will begin at noon.
“Everything we do in this program is done with the intent to play our best tennis in the most important part of the season, which is right now,” said head coach Alex Santos. “We have grown a world as a program but the girls feel that their ceiling is still a great distance away. Most importantly they have been putting in the time and effort to make something special happen. We'll have two great opportunities against top programs in Georgia Tech and Florida State. We now have to be able to apply all the great things we have been doing indoors to outdoors, and additionally become a little more patient with our shot selection. We want to go back to Pittsburgh with no energy left and feeling very proud of ourselves.”
No. 32 Georgia Tech enters the weekend with a 9-7 overall record and 6-4 in the ACC, coming off a 6-1 win over No. 66 Virginia Tech. The Yellow Jackets are beginning a four-match homestand against the Panthers, which will round out their regular season. Friday marks the first-ever match between the two schools. The doubles duo of Kendal Woodard and Megan Kurey sit at fourth in the latest ITA rankings at the No. 1 spot.
The 45th-ranked Seminoles enter the weekend with an 11-9 overall record and are 4-6 in league play. Florida State will host No. 14 Miami on Friday and then the Panthers on Sunday at noon at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. They are coming off a 7-0 loss to 6th-ranked North Carolina on April 6. Florida State also rounds out their season at home and will have a doubleheader on April 13 with Pitt at noon and Florida A&M at 5 p.m. The following weekend they host Virginia and Virginia Tech respectively on April 18 and 20.
Pitt returns home for its final regular season match of the year on April 18 for a 5 p.m. match at Alpha Tennis and Fitness for Senior Night.