COLUMBIA, S.C. – On the opening day of the 2023 spring slate, No. 25 Georgia Tech women’s tennis swept singles action and collected a doubles victory at the Carolina Kickoff. Kate Sharabura went undefeated on the day, taking home a singles and doubles win.
Georgia Tech took all six singles matches to open the morning at the Carolina Indoor Tennis Center. Tech pocketed four straight-set victories from Rosie Garcia Gross, Mahak Jain, Ruth Marsh and Sharabura, while Kylie Bilchev and Alejandra Cruz battled to three-set wins.
Garcia Gross opened with a 4-2 lead against Jingyi Li (Wake Forest) and took the set, 6-3. The Jacket wasted no time grabbing the advantage in the second set, sweeping the victory at 6-0. Jain took home a 6-3, 6-3 decision against Nevena Carton (Wake Forest) to open the tournament with a victory. The opponents worked through a back-and-forth first set with Jain holding a 4-3 advantage. Jain won the next two games for a 6-3 opening set and shook off a slow start in the second to claim a 5-2 advantage before solidifying the win.
Facing Maddie Lynch (Wake Forest), Marsh raced out with the early lead in the first set, owning a 5-3 edge. After winning the first set, 6-4, Marsh battled for the match in the second set. Leading 5-4, the Jacket clinched the match at deuce point for the 6-4 victory. To round out straight-set wins, Sharabura made quick work of Mia Ahmad (Wake Forest), dropping only four games en route to a 6-1, 6-3 triumph.
Tech completed the sweep of singles matches with a pair of three-set victories from Bilchev and Cruz. Bilchev battled No. 27 Casie Wooten (Wake Forest), winning a hard-fought opening set. Bilchev trailed 5-2 in the first set before staging a rally, winning the next five games to take the set, 7-5. Wooten forced a deciding third set, winning the second, but Bilchev held strong, pulling out a 6-3 win in the final set. Continuing her impressive freshman campaign, Cruz defeated Whitley Pate (Wake Forest), 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to open the tournament. After splitting the first two sets, Cruz opened the deciding final set with a 3-1 lead before closing out the match at 6-3.
After concluding singles action, Tech played three doubles matches against Wisconsin. Tech’s No. 53rd-ranked doubles team of Carol Lee and Sharabura topped Alina Mukhortova and Xinyu Cai, 6-4. The Jackets had a chance to seal the match, serving at 5-3, but the Badgers broke to 5-4 before Tech clinched the win in the next game. In other doubles play,…