Feb. 6, 2010
ATLANTA – A pair of come-from-behind doubles victories propelled the ninth-ranked Georgia Tech Women’s Tennis team (5-0) to a 7-0 win over Kentucky (1-5) Saturday afternoon at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.
“I was really pleased with how we came back in doubles with our backs against the walls,” head coach Bryan Shelton said. “We really fought back and to win those matches was a real confidence boost. Once we grabbed the momentum, I was happy with how we sustained it to the end of the match.”
The Yellow Jackets opened the day by capturing the doubles point behind three impressive victories. Amanda McDowell and Hillary Davis got things started with an 8-1 win on court three over Elle Coldiron and Nicole Scates. Facing a 7-4 deficit, Irina Falconi and Sasha Krupina stormed back to earn a 9-7 victory on court one over Caroline Lilley and Minnette Pienaar to clinch the point. Lynn Blau and Elizabeth Kilborn earned a come-from-behind victory of their own when they beat Megan Broderick and Christine Johnston, 8-6, at No. 2 doubles.
Falconi continued her hot streak in singles with a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 to give the Jackets a 2-0 lead on the Wildcats. The Jackets moved ahead 3-0 when Krupina finished off Broderick, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 2 singles.
McDowell recorded her 113th-career victory to clinch the match with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Johnston on court three. Blau, Kilborn and Davis each registered straight-set victories of their own to help Tech to its third sweep of the season.
The Yellow Jackets will next travel to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship Friday, February 12 to face No. 3 California in the opening round. Action will begin at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium on the campus of the University of Wisconsin at 4:30 p.m. ET.