Tech Tennis Continues Stellar Play on Day Two of Kitty Harrison Invitational at UNC

Nov. 11, 2006

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Georgia Tech’s women’s tennis team continued their strong play on day two of the third-annual Kitty Harrison Invitational, which is being hosted by the University of North Carolina Friday through Sunday.

After beginning the event by winning all five singles and five of six doubles matches on day one, the Yellow Jackets took all four singles matches to begin day two and then won three of four quarterfinal singles matches. The Jackets also captured one doubles championship on the second day of competition.

Alison Silverio, the No. 5 seed in the Blue Draw, advanced to Sunday morning’s semifinal with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Williams & Mary’s Ragini Acharay before stopping her own teammate, rookie Amanda Craddock, in the quarterfinals, 6-4, 6-4.

Senior Tarryn Rudman also advanced to Sunday’s semifinal round with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Davidson’s Virginia Berry before stopping ETSU’s Yevgenia Stupak, 6-2, 6-0 in the quarterfinals.

Also earning second-round Blue Draw singles victories were freshman Amanda McDowell, who defeated ETSU’s Olya Batsula, 6-2, 6-0, and second-seeded rookie Kirsten Flower, who downed Kentucky’s Carolina Escamilla, 6-2, 6-4, but both Yellow Jacket players suffered third-set tiebreaker losses in the quarterfinals to end their singles run.

Both top-seeded Christy Striplin and second-seeded Whitney McCray advanced to White Draw semifinal matches with straight-set victories in each of their Saturday matches. Striplin downed Marshall’s Jessica Kenner, 6-1, 6-0 before defeating fifth-seeded Whitney Spencer of Kentucky in the quarterfinals, 6-2, 6-1. McCray’s second round match against UNCG’s Whitney Miles resulted in a 6-1, 6-0 victory for the Yellow Jacket before she stopped William & Mary’s Lauren Sabacinki, 6-1, 6-3, in the quarterfinals.

The Yellow Jacket combination of Flower and Rudman won their White Draw championship match, defeating Kentucky’s Kim Coventry and Christine Johnston, 8-6.

Georgia Tech will conclude play in the Kitty Harrison Invitational Sunday. Match play begins at 8:30 a.m. on the campus of the University of North Carolina.

Georgia Tech Singles Results

Blue Draw

(R32) (74) Tarryn Rudman (GT) def. Jessica Giuggioli (Kentucky), 6-1, 6-0

(R32) Amanda McDowell (GT) def. No. 4 Katrina Tsang (W&M), 7-6 (6), 3-6, 12-10

(R32) Amanda Craddock (GT) def. (108) Joelle Schwenk (Kentucky), 6-4, 6-1

(R32) No. 5 (54) Alison Silverio (GT) def. Michele Fanney (Davidson), 6-2, 6-2

(R32) No. 2 Kirsten Flower (GT) def. Kuni Dorn (Kansas), 6-3, 6-4

(R16) (74) Rudman (GT) def. Virginia Berry (Davidson), 6-2, 6-0

(R16) McDowell (GT) def. Olya Batsula (ETSU), 6-2, 6-0

(R16) Craddock (GT) advanced due to injury to No. 3 Katrina Tsang (UNC)

(R16) No. 5 (54) Silverio (GT) def. Ragini Acharya (W&M), 6-2, 6-0

(R16) No. 2 Flower (GT) def. Carolina Escamilla (Kentucky), 6-2, 6-4

(QF) Rudman (GT) def. Yevgenia Stupak (ETSU), 6-2, 6-0

(QF) Klaudyna Kasztelaniec (W&M) def. McDowell (GT), 6-2, 1-6, 10-8

(QF) No. 5 Silverio (GT) def. Craddock (GT), 6-4, 6-4

(QF) No. 5 Austin Smith (UNC) def. No. 2 Flower (GT), 6-1, 1-6, 7-2

White Draw

(R32) No. 1 Christy Striplin advanced via bye

(R32) No. 2 Whitney McCray advanced via bye

(R16) No. 1 Striplin (GT) def. Jessica Keener (Marshall), 6-1, 6-0

(R16) No. 2 McCray (GT) def. Whitney Miles (UNCG), 6-1, 6-0

(QF) No. 1 Striplin (GT) def. No. 5 Whitney Spencer (Kentucky), 6-2, 6-1

(QF) No. 2 McCray (GT) def. Lauren Sabacinki (W&M), 6-1, 6-3

Blue Draw

(QF) No. 2 Craddock/McCray (GT) def. Arielle Vonstrolley/Erica Zabkar (UNCG), 8-6

(SF) No. 3 Caitlin Collins/Sanaz Marand (UNC) def. No. 2 Craddock/McCray (GT), 8-3

Carolina Draw

(QF) No. 2 McDowell/Striplin (GT) def. Courtney Akel/Whitney Miles (UNCG), 8-1

(SF) No. 2 McDowell/Striplin (GT) def. No. 3 Laura Reichert(UNC)/Katrina Tsang (W&M), 9-8 (1)

(F) Karolina Soor/Yulia Kashelkina (Marshall) def. No. 2 McDowell/Striplin (GT), 8-6

White Doubles

(QF) No. 2 Flower/Rudman (GT) def. Lynzee Kever/Jeanne Schwartz (Marshall), 8-6

(SF) No. 2 Flower/Rudman (GT) def. Giuggioli/Caroline Winebrenner (Kentucky), 8-4

(F) No. 2 Flower/Rudman (GT) def. Kim Coventry/Christine Johnston (Kentucky), 8-6

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