March 10, 2005
ATLANTA – Kristi Miller tied the single-season school record of 30 singles wins in just her first season as a collegian while leading Georgia Tech (8-2, 2-0 ACC) to a 6-1 win over ACC newcomer Virginia Tech (4-7, 0-6 ACC) Thursday afternoon at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.
“It was good to get the win today and even nicer to be 2-0 in the ACC,” said Georgia Tech head coach Bryan Shelton. “This is one of the toughest conferences in the country and it gives us some momentum headed into the weekend with tough Wake Forest and NC State teams. It was nice to get the doubles point today and our goal is to get it in the next two matches as well.”
Miller teamed with Alison Silverio to capture the doubles points for the Yellow Jackets at the No. 1 position with an 8-6 win over the Hokies’ Jessica Long and Anat Elazari after Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech split at the Nos. 2 and 3 doubles positions. Kacie Anson and Dasha Potapova defeated Laurie Calzadilla and Bethan James at the No. 3 slot before Kelly Anderson and Lyndsay Shosho fell by an 8-3 mark to Ashley James and Kate Harrington at No. 2 doubles.
Shosho gave the Yellow Jackets a 2-0 lead in the match by quickly downing Harrington, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 5 singles before Anson gave Georgia Tech a 3-0 edge with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Meredith Holmes at the No. 6 position.
The 24th-ranked Miller then captured the match for the Yellow Jackets by blanking No. 100 Elazari, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 1 singles while tying the Georgia Tech single season overall singles wins record, which was set by Bobbi Guthrie in 1998 and tied by Jaime Wong in 2001.
“Kristi is a winner and she is a great competitor every time she goes out there,” said Shelton. “She does everything that she can to get it done, and she has the talent to go with that competitive spirit. I think it was fitting that she tied the record today and I’m sure that she will bust through in the next few matches. She has had a tremendous season so far this season and I know that there are good things ahead for her.”
Potapova, ranked 94th in the nation according to the latest ITA poll, earned a 6-1, 6-3 win over the Hokies’ Ashley James at No. 3 singles to give Tech a 5-0 lead and Alison Silverio recorded the Yellow Jackets’ sixth point of the afternoon with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over James at No. 4 singles.
The Yellow Jackets will return to action this weekend when they hit Tobacco Road to face the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Saturday and the NC State Wolfpack Sunday.
Tennis Match Results
Virginia Tech vs Georgia Tech
Mar 10, 2005 at Georgia Tech
#17 Georgia Tech 6, Virginia Tech 1
1. #24 Miller, Kristi (GT) def. Elazari, Anat (VT) 6-0, 6-0
2. Long, Jessica (VT) def. Anderson, Kelly (GT) 7-5, 6-4
3. #94 Potapova, Dasha (GT) def. James, Ashley (VT) 6-1, 6-3
4. Silverio, Alison (GT) def. James, Bethan (VT) 6-4, 6-4
5. Shosho, Lyndsay (GT) def. Harrington, Kate (VT) 6-0, 6-1
6. Anson, Kacie (GT) def. Holmes, Meredith (VT) 6-3, 6-0
1. #20 Miller, Kristi/Silverio, Alison (GT) def. Long, Jessica/Elazari, Anat (VT) 8-6
2. James, Ashley/Harrington, Kate (VT) def. Anderson, Kelly/Shosho, Lyndsay (GT) 8-3
3. Anson, Kacie/Potapova, Dasha (GT) def. Calzadilla, Laurie/James, Bethan (VT) 8-2
Virginia Tech 4-7, 0-6 ACC
Georgia Tech 8-2, 2-0 ACC; National ranking #17
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,6,1,3,4,2)