February 1, 2007
MADISON, Wis. – Twenty-fifth ranked Kirsten Flower recorded a straight-set win to lead the seventh-ranked Georgia Tech women’s tennis team to a 7-0, win over 13th-ranked Pepperdine in the first round of the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships on Thursday.
The Jackets earned wins at all three doubles slots to carry a 1-0 lead into singles play. Kristi Miller and Whitney McCray downed the Waves duo of Sylvia Kosakowski and Caroline Raba, 8-5, from the No. 1 spot. Alison Silverio teamed with Tarryn Rudman to earn an, 8-6, victory in the No. 2 position over Bianca Dulgheru and Katia Sabate.
In singles play, Silverio, currently ranked No. 82, earned a win at the No. 4 spot, defeating Raba, 6-2, 6-2, to give the Jackets a 2-0 lead. Freshman Amanada McDowell made it 3-0, when she dropped Anete Bandere, 6-1, 6-0, at the No. 6 spot.
Flower, a freshman from Columbus, Ohio, defeated Kosakowski, 6-3, 7-6, in the No. 2 singles position to clinch the match for Georgia Tech. Fourteenth-ranked Miller also picked up a victory in the final match of the afternoon, with a 6-3, 6-0, win over No. 22 Dulgheru.
With this win, the Yellow Jackets will advance to face seventh-ranked North Carolina on Friday at 3:30 p.m. at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships.
Live scoring for all matches will be available on the ITA website at www.ITAtennis.com.