ATLANTA, Ga. -- Facing its toughest weekend of the season, with matches against ranked teams both days, Miami hung tough, but suffered losses to both North Texas and host Georgia Tech.
The No. 47 Mean Green escaped with a 4-3 victory, while the No. 41 Yellow Jackets grabbed a 4-0 decision, but held a lead in two other matches.
On Saturday, North Texas clinched the doubles point with wins at No.1 (8-1) and No. 3 (8-2). They also led 5-3 at No. 2 when the point was decided. The Mean Green extended the lead to 2-0 with a 6-3, 6-1 victory at No. 6 before Nimisha Mohan put the RedHawks on the board with a 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 3.
North Texas stretched the lead with 6-3, 6-4 triumph at No. 5, but Miami evened the score with a pair of three-set wins. Alix Thurman eked out a 6-1, 6-7 (1-7), 6-4 win at No. 2 and Christine Guerrazzi held off her No. 4 opponent 7-5, 4-6, 6-2.
That left the match to the No. 1 pair of Christiana Raymond against Kseniya Bardabush. The RedHawk junior took the opening set 6-4, but fell in the second, 6-2. The decider went all the way to a tiebreaker, where Bardabush pulled out the match 7-6 (7-1).
Less than 21 hours later, Miami returned to the court to face Georgia Tech. The doubles point went to the Yellow Jackets with victories at No. 1 (8-4) and No. 2 (8-2). A 6-2, 6-2 decision at No. 4 was followed by 6-2, 6-1 wins at both No. 5 and No. 3, clinching the match.
Because of travel and court schedules, the coaches agreed to stop matches at a specific point, a decision that turned against Miami. Thurman was on the verge of upsetting 104th-ranked Kendal Woodard when play was suspended. She was within one game of win, leading 6-4, 1-6, 5-2. Ramona Costea had also captured her first set, 6-4, at No. 6, though she trailed in the second 5-3.
At No. 1, Raymond was in a battle with 65th-ranked Elizabeth Kilborn, though she trailed 6-3, 4-2.
Miami returns to action in two weeks when it spends its Spring Break in Florida. The RedHawks face Central Florida and South Florida during the trip.