Jan. 9, 2007
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech women’s tennis team will open its 2007 spring campaign with a top-10 national ranking for the second-straight season, as they appear at No. 7 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) polls that were released Tuesday afternoon.
The Yellow Jackets were the only team, aside from returning national champion and top-ranked Stanford, to earn a first-place vote in the poll.
Four Atlantic Coast Conference teams are ranked in the top-10, including Miami (5th), North Carolina (8th) and Duke (10th) while a total of seven ACC teams stand in the top-25.
Junior Kristi Miller is the Yellow Jackets’ top-ranked singles player, as the Marysville, Mich. native stands at No. 15 in the singles rankings after posting a 9-2 record and winning the ITA South Region Championship during the fall, while rookie Kirsten Flower joins Miller in the top-25 at No. 25 following an 11-5 fall campaign.
The pair of Silverio and Miller are Tech’s only ranked doubles combination, as the duo stand at No. 40 in the first doubles poll of 2007.
The squad will compete in a pair of tournaments this weekend, as the Yellow Jacket upperclassmen Silverio, Tarryn Rudman, Miller and McCray will all compete in the UNLV Invitational while Striplin and freshmen Amanda Craddock, Flower and Amanda McDowell will travel to the National Intercollegiate Tennis Classic, which is being held in Palm Springs, Calif.
The team will conclude their tournament schedule of 2006-07 with a trip to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Madison, Wis. Feb. 1-4 before beginning the dual-match portion of their season Feb. 10 in Champaign, Ill., facing William & Mary at 2 p.m.