Tech Wraps Up Georgia Tech Invitational

Sept. 21, 2008

ATLANTA – Senior Christy Striplin led the Georgia Tech women’s tennis team to four singles and two doubles wins on the final day of the Georgia Tech Invitational, a three-day tournament featuring members from Tech, Georgia, Arizona State and Princeton, at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.

“I thought this was a very solid weekend for us,” head coach Bryan Shelton said. “We got a lot of quality matches against some solid competition. All the freshmen competed very well and showed that the future is bright at Tech.”

Tech opened Sunday by taking two doubles matches from members of the Arizona State Sun Devils. Junior Amanda McDowell teamed with freshman Irina Falconi in the second flight for a quick 8-1 win over Laila Abdala and Sianna Simmons. In the third flight, Striplin and sophomore Noelle Hickey finished off Ashlee Brown and Ali Van Horne, 8-2.

“We have identified the areas we need to work on in doubles,” Shelton said. “We look forward to working on these to make our team’s even stronger.”

The Yellow Jackets took four singles matches from members of Georgia, led by Striplin’s 6-3, 6-4 win over Yvette Hyndman from the second flight. Falconi finished off Nadja Gilchrist, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3, in a hard fought match in the third flight. Freshmen Viet Ha Ngo and Hillary Davis also garnered singles victories.

Striplin took home the singles title for the tournament, accumulating the most points of any player in the singles bracket, while the Princeton duo of Hilary Bartlett and Taylor Marable captured the doubles title.

“Christy is a senior and really played like on for us this weekend,” Shelton added. “It is great to see her develop and I am proud how she stepped up for us.”

Overall, Tech won 17 of its 22 singles matches in the tournament and seven doubles matches.

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The Yellow Jackets will return to action next weekend at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships.

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