Jackets' Season Opener A Success at Georgia Tech Invitational

Sept. 17, 2010

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ATLANTA – In its first day of competition in the 2010-11 season, the Georgia Tech women’s tennis team fared well winning six of the eight singles flights in two set fashion and three of the four doubles matches on the day at the Georgia Tech Invitational at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.

“It was a great start to the fall season,” said Head Coach Bryan Shelton. “I am happy to see our freshmen Rocio [Alberca Lopez] and Muriel [Wacker] get their first wins today. I am also pleased with Jillian [O’Neill] and Caroline [Lilley] and how well they fought. Elizabeth [Kilborn] came out and took care of business at the top end of the lineup today. We hope to build on what we did today throughout the rest of the weekend.”

The first Georgia Tech athletes to compete on the day were Murial Wacker and Rocio Alberta Lopez who took part in the ninth and tenth flights during the morning session each easily sweeping their opponents. Wacker downed Kelli Jordan of Georgia 6-1, 6-1 in flight nine while Lopez earned a win over Silia DeFillipis of Yale, 6-3, 6-3.

In the doubles, Tech took home three of four wins from their opponent, Yale. The second flight of Sasha Krupina and Caroline Lilley defeated Blair Seideman and Elizabeth Epstein, 8-5. Viet Ha Ngo and Wacker beat Annie Sullivan and Kim Szokol 9-7 in a tiebreak and Lopez and Lynn Blau dominated their opponents Stevi Petrelli and Silia DeFilippis 8-2. The lone loss came in the first doubles as Jillian O’Neill and Elizabeth Kilborn fell to Lindsay Clark and Vicky Brook 8-5.

The Jackets rounded out the day winning six of eight singles matches against Oklahoma State.

Kilborn began things with an easy victory over Natalia Shatkovskaya losing just two games for the 6-1, 6-1 win. Kilborn’s win was followed by O’Neill’s fourth flight 6-2, 6-1 victory over Kanyapat Narattana.

Sasha Krupina defeated Alisa Buslaieva, 6-2, 6-4 in the sixth flight while Christina Ngo took down C.C. Sardinha 6-0, 6-2 in the second singles match. Later, Blau fell to Sasha Belova 6-3, 6-3 and in a marathon match, Lilley fell to Sarah Meghoufel 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.

The Jackets will be back in action on Saturday at the Georgia Tech Invitational as the day begins with all four teams participating in doubles play, where the Jackets will take on rival Georgia, followed by Georgia Tech vs. Yale and then Oklahoma State vs. Georgia.


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