Jan. 30, 2010
ATLANTA – Freshman Elizabeth Kilborn clinched the match with a straight-set victory at the sixth spot in the lineup to the lead the 10th-ranked Georgia Tech women’s tennis team to a 4-2 win over No. 29 Arizona State Saturday at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.
“I hand it to Arizona State for pushing us very hard tonight,” head coach Bryan Shelton said. “It was a long day but a very good day for us. It is just very nice to get back into the competitive mode again. Elizabeth has clinched the last two matches for us, which is helping her game and confidence.”
The Yellow Jackets opened the day by taking the doubles point for a 1-0 lead over the Sun Devils. The tandem of Kilborn and Lynn Blau got things started for the Jackets with an 8-0 win over Sianna Simmons and Amanda Martin on court three. Tech would drop its match at the No. 2 doubles position, 8-1, but Irina Falconi and Sasha Krupina would clinch the point with a thrilling 8-4 victory over Kelcy McKenna and Hannah James at the top doubles position.
Falconi, who is ranked No. 1 in the nation in singles, put the Jackets in front by the score of 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-4 win over McKenna on court one. The Sun Devils cut that lead in half as Nadia Abdala upended Krupina, 7-6 (2), 7-5 at the No. 2 position.
Tech moved ahead 3-1 when Viet Ha Ngo outlasted No. 68 Micaela Hein, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 on court three. The lead was then cut to 3-2 when McDowell fell in three sets, 6-2, 1-6, 5-7 to James at the fourth position in the lineup.
Kilborn, who got on the court four hours after the match began, clinched her second straight match when she defeated Martin, 6-1, 6-2.
The Yellow Jackets will continue the ITA Kick-Off Weekend Sunday when they face Kentucky at 2:30 p.m. Arizona State and Alabama will meet in Sunday’s other match beginning at 9 a.m.
Tennis Match ResultsArizona State vs Georgia TechJan 30, 2010 at Atlanta, Ga.
#10 Georgia Tech 4, #29 Arizona State 2
Singles competition 1. #1 Irina Falconi (GT) def. #58 Kelcy McKenna (ASU) 6-1, 6-4 2. Nadia Abdala (ASU) def. #66 Sasha Krupina (GT) 7-6 (7-2), 7-5 3. Viet Ha Ngo (GT) def. #68 Micaela Hein (ASU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 4. Hannah James (ASU) def. Amanda McDowell (GT) 2-6, 6-1, 7-5 5. Lynn Blau (GT) vs. Sianna Simmons (ASU) 6-1, 5-5, unfinished 6. Elizabeth Kilborn (GT) def. Amanda Martin (ASU) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles competition 1. Irina Falconi/Sasha Krupina (GT) def. Kelcy McKenna/Hannah James (ASU) 8-4 2. Micaela Hein/Nadia Abdala (ASU) def. Hillary Davis/Viet Ha Ngo (GT) 8-1 3. Lynn Blau/Elizabeth Kilborn (GT) def. Sianna Simmons/Amanda Martin (ASU) 8-0
Match Notes: Arizona State 2-1; National ranking #29 Georgia Tech 3-0; National ranking #10 Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,2,3,4,6) ITA Kick-Off Weekend – Round One A-405
#34 Kentucky 4, #24 Alabama 3
Singles competition 1. Megan Broderick (UK) def. Courtney McLane (UA) 1-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 2. Caroline Lilley (UK) def. #82 Alexa Guarachi (UA) 7-6, 5-7, 7-6 (11-9) 3. Christine Johnston (UK) def. Paulina Bigos (UA) 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 4. Minnette Pienaar (UK) def. Meritt Emery (UA) 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 5. Antonia Foehse (UA) def. Elle Coldiron (UK) 6-0, 6-0 6. Alice Tunaru (UA) def. Nicole Scates (UK) 6-1, 6-0
Doubles competition 1. Alexa Guarachi/Courtney McLane (UA) vs. Caroline Lilley/Christine Johnston (UK) 7-5, unfinished 2. Paulina Bigos/Antonia Foehse (UA) def. Minnette Pienaar/Elle Coldiron (UK) 8-2 3. Meritt Emery/Alice Tunaru (UA) def. Megan Broderick/Nicole Scates (UK) 8-3
Match Notes: Kentucky 1-2; National ranking #34 Alabama 2-1; National ranking #24 Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (3,1,2,5,6,4) ITA Kick-Off Weekend – First Round