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The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia Tech women’s tennis Ava Hrastar pre-ACC Tournament interview (4.20.22) — April 21, 2022

The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia Tech women’s tennis Ava Hrastar pre-ACC Tournament interview (4.20.22)

Georgia Tech women’s tennis player Ava Hrastar (Photo credit: Georgia Tech Athletics)

The Sports Inquirer spoke with Georgia Tech women’s tennis player Ava Hrastar April 20 for an exclusive interview ahead of the ACC Tournament. Topics with the sophomore included her strong form in singles’ competition the second half of the conference schedule, teaming with freshman Kylie Bilchev in doubles’ competition and the Yellow Jackets’ preparation for the Tournament.

The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia State men's basketball post-Belmont presser (11.27.22) The Sports Inquirer

The Sports Inquirer attended the presser of the Georgia State men's basketball team following the team's 68-66 home defeat to Belmont November 27. Topics with head coach Jonas Hayes along with players Dwon Odom and Jamaine Mann included struggles defending Belmont's outside shooting, the late game sequences when Georgia State had chances to tie the contest and how the team will build from the close contests so far in the non-conference portion of the season. — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/marcel-pourtout/support
  1. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia State men's basketball post-Belmont presser (11.27.22)
  2. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Syracuse basketball Joseph Girard III ACC Tipoff interview (11.25.22)
  3. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Syracuse basketball Jesse Edwards ACC Tipoff interview (11.16.22)
  4. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Pitt basketball Nelly Cummings ACC Tipoff interview (11.15.22)
  5. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia State football Darren Grainger post-Louisiana Monroe presser (11.14.22)
The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia Tech men’s tennis Kenny Thorne pre-Auburn interview (2.3.22) — February 3, 2022

The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia Tech men’s tennis Kenny Thorne pre-Auburn interview (2.3.22)

The Sports Inquirer spoke with Georgia Tech men’s tennis head coach Kenny Thorne for an exclusive interview Feb. 3. Topics included the start of the spring portion of the Yellow Jackets’ schedule, a breakdown of the roster including the nationally-ranked doubles’ unit of Marcus McDaniel and Andres Martin as well as the emergence of Keshav Chopra, handing a roster of only seven players and the team preparing to host Auburn Feb. 4 and visit the University of South Carolina Feb. 6.

The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia State men's basketball post-Belmont presser (11.27.22) The Sports Inquirer

The Sports Inquirer attended the presser of the Georgia State men's basketball team following the team's 68-66 home defeat to Belmont November 27. Topics with head coach Jonas Hayes along with players Dwon Odom and Jamaine Mann included struggles defending Belmont's outside shooting, the late game sequences when Georgia State had chances to tie the contest and how the team will build from the close contests so far in the non-conference portion of the season. — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/marcel-pourtout/support
  1. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia State men's basketball post-Belmont presser (11.27.22)
  2. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Syracuse basketball Joseph Girard III ACC Tipoff interview (11.25.22)
  3. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Syracuse basketball Jesse Edwards ACC Tipoff interview (11.16.22)
  4. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Pitt basketball Nelly Cummings ACC Tipoff interview (11.15.22)
  5. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia State football Darren Grainger post-Louisiana Monroe presser (11.14.22)
Sports Inquirer Show 155: Atlanta United/Inter Miami MLS Recap, Russell Westbrook, Georgia Tech and Georgia Tennis, DK Metcalf, Bob Baffert (5.10.21) — May 10, 2021

Sports Inquirer Show 155: Atlanta United/Inter Miami MLS Recap, Russell Westbrook, Georgia Tech and Georgia Tennis, DK Metcalf, Bob Baffert (5.10.21)

In this edition of The Sports Inquirer Show, we break down Atlanta United’s 1-1 draw at Inter Miami during MLS play in the Original Free Kick with audio from manager Gabriel Heinze, team captain Brad Guzan and player Josef Martinez (1:51-17:32), Russell Westbrook approaching an all-time NBA milestone and the tenuous championship aspirations of the Los Angeles Lakers dependent on the health of LeBron James and Anthony Davis in the Backdoor Cut (17:32-28:39), Georgia and Georgia Tech tennis find success on the court during the NCAA Tournament in the Technical State of Georgia Athletics (28:39-32:00) and NFL wide receiver DK Metcalf makes a run in track and field, Bob Baffert finds scrutiny on the race track following Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit’s failed drug test and Rory McIlroy wins Wells Fargo Open while Bryson DeChambeau embarrasses himself in the Miscellaneous Department (32:00-42:25).

Sports Inquirer Show 155: Atlanta United/Inter Miami MLS Recap, Russell Westbrook, Georgia Tech and Georgia Tennis, DK Metcalf, Bob Baffert (5.10.21)
Fighting Peaches: Georgia Tech women’s tennis Rodney Harmon pre-Duke interview (3.11.21) — March 11, 2021

Fighting Peaches: Georgia Tech women’s tennis Rodney Harmon pre-Duke interview (3.11.21)

Georgia Tech women’s tennis head coach Rodney Harmon
Photo credit: Georgia Tech Athletics

The Sports Inquirer spoke with Georgia Tech women’s tennis head coach Rodney Harmon for an exclusive interview March 11. Topics included the Yellow Jackets’ 4-3 team win at North Carolina State the previous weekend, the doubles’ pairing of Kenya Jones/Victoria Flores and new duo Ava Hrastar/Gia Cohen winning their events, Carol Lee securing the team win with a three-set victory in her singles’ match, entering the Spring 2021 portion of the season without the Fall 2020 events, the highly-competitive ACC portion of the schedule and preparing to host Duke March 10.


Fighting Peaches: Georgia Tech women’s tennis Rodney Harmon pre-Duke interview (3.11.21)
Fighting Peaches: Georgia Tech women’s tennis Rodney Harmon pre-Duke interview (3.11.21)
Georgia Tech women’s tennis earns bid in NCAA Tournament — April 28, 2015

Georgia Tech women’s tennis earns bid in NCAA Tournament

Georgia TechRelease from Georgia Tech Athletics:

The #27 Georgia Tech women’s tennis team (16-9) will make its 16th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, traveling to face #33 Wichita State (24-3) in the NCAA Championship first round at the Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex on the University of Florida’s campus in Gainesville, Fla.

“I’m glad that we are in the NCAA regionals,” head coach Rodney Harmon said. “We are going down to the University of Florida. We have a very tough first round match against Wichita State. We have to first focus on that match. We will be trying to get our team ready and get prepared from that match and go from there. We are back down to Florida for a second time. It is a place we are familiar with. We look forward to the opportunity and we plan to go down there and do our best.”

This will be the 16th overall and 16th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance for the Yellow Jackets. Tech has advanced to the Sweet 16 seven times and won the 2007 national title. The NCAA Championships begin May 14 in Waco, Texas at Baylor University.

This will be the first meeting in the history of the program between Georgia Tech and Wichita State.  The Shockers went 24-3 overall this year and 7-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Wichita State was an automatic qualifier in this year’s tournament after winning its seventh-straight MVC tournament title.

Also in the Gainesville, Fla. region are host #5 Florida (21-3) and Bethune-Cookman (22-6). Florida enters the NCAA tournament as the tournament’s overall five seed. Bethune-Cookman is 22-6 on the season and won the MEAC Tournament. Georgia Tech and Bethune-Cookman have never met in school history.

This will be the second time in three years that the Yellow Jackets travel to Gainesville for the first round of the NCAA Tournament. In 2013, the Jackets made the trip, defeating #35 Yale, 4-3, and falling to number one seed and eventual national champion, Florida, 4-0. Florida leads the overall series, 2-0, recording wins in the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2013 and the Elite Eight in 2008 against the Yellow Jackets.

Georgia Tech men’s tennis qualifies for NCAA Tournament —

Georgia Tech men’s tennis qualifies for NCAA Tournament

Georgia TechRelease from Georgia Tech Athletics:

Georgia Tech’s men’s tennis team, coming off a strong performance in the ACC Championship in which it defeated two top-35 teams, received an at-large bid to the NCAA’s 64-team championship field Tuesday. The Yellow Jackets will travel to Oxford, Miss., May 8-9 along with host Ole Miss, Columbia and Alabama State.

Georgia Tech (14-12, 4-8 ACC), No. 55 in the most recent ITA rankings, finished the regular season in 10th place in the Atlantic Coast Conference after knocking off 8th-ranked Duke in the regular season finale. But the Yellow Jackets advanced to the semifinals of the ACC Championship, defeating No. 35 Notre Dame, 4-0, in the opening round, then upending No. 14 Virginia Tech, 4-3, in the quarterfinals. No. 11 Wake Forest eliminated Tech, 4-0, in the semifinals.

The Yellow Jackets will face Ivy League automatic qualifier Columbia (14-5) in the opening round at 1 p.m. Eastern time Friday, May 8, while the host Rebels (17-8) will meet SWAC automatic qualifier Alabama State (12-15). The two winners will square off in the second round at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9, with that winner advancing to the round of 16, beginning May 14 at the Hurd Tennis Center on the campus of Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

Ole Miss is ranked 13th nationally, while Columbia is No. 20. The Yellow Jackets are familiar with the Lions, who participated in Tech’s MLK Invitational in mid-January. Tech won five of nine singles matches between the two teams, but Columbia won all three doubles matches. Tech is 3-0 all-time against the Lions in dual matches, with the last meeting occurring in 1971. The Jackets last met Ole Miss in 1988 and are 1-3 against the Rebels. This is Tech’s second trip to Oxford for an NCAA regional, having lost to Auburn in the opening round there in 2003.

The 64-team field includes 31 automatic qualifiers as conference champions and 33 at-large teams. Oklahoma is the No. 1 overall seed and one of the 16 hosts along with Baylor, Duke, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Southern California, Texas, Texas A&M, TCU, UCLA, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

Georgia Tech has made the NCAA Championship field for the 11th time under head coach Kenny Thorne and the 15th time in program history. Tech is the field for the first time since 2011, when the Yellow Jackets advanced out of the regional in Atlanta to the round of 16 before being eliminated. That is the only time Tech has made it out of a regional in the current format of the championship. The Jackets’ deepest run in the NCAAs came in 1994, when Tech won three matches before being eliminated. Tech is 9-14 all-time in NCAA Championship competition.