March 19, 2011
NASHVILLE, TENN. – Georgia Tech head women’s tennis coach Bryan Shelton often talks about the need to compete and bring your best every day in order to be the best. After a two-week hiatus, his team needed every bit of competitiveness and drive today when they earned a tough 4-3 win at No. 16 Vanderbilt in Nashville.
Heading into the match, Shelton knew the doubles point would be an important way to build momentum early in a tough test with a nationally ranked Vanderbilt team on their home court. In fact, the Yellow Jackets are 6-0 this season when winning the doubles point and 0-5 when losing the doubles point.
And the Jackets got off to the right start in doubles play. Juniors Lynn Blau and Caroline Lilley gave Tech an early advantage with an 8-3 win over VU’s Lauren Mira and Keilly Ulery 8-3 at the No. 3 spot of the lineup.
With the crucial doubles point coming down to the No. 2 teams, the Jackets team of senior Sasha Krupina and sophomore Elizabeth Kilborn earned a huge 9-7 win over Vanderbilt’s Chelsea Preeg and Jackie Wu, 9-7.
Vanderbilt’s Mira landed the first blow in singles play with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Tech’s Krupina. Kilborn gave the Yellow Jackets a slim advantage back by fighting off a 6-1 first set loss. Kilborn took the next two sets, 6-3, 7-5 over Vanderbilt’s Dillon to put the Jackets back up 2-1.
O’Neill extended Tech’s lead to 3-1 with a hard-fought 7-6, 7-6 win at the top spot over VU’s Leatue, but the Commodores pulled back within one, 3-2 with a win at the sixth spot of the order. Keilly Ulery defeated the Yellow Jackets’ Lynn Blau 6-3, 4-6, 7-6.
A 6-3,7-6 win by Vanderbilt’s Preeg over Tech’s Ngo at the second spot of the lineup tied the match up at three with only the No. 3 singles players still on the court.
Lilley posted a 6-4 first set win over Vanderbilt’s Wu, but the Commodores’ junior earned a quick 6-0 win in the second set facing a decisive third set. In a set that was indicative of the entire match, the Yellow Jackets’ Lilley grinded out a 7-6 win to clinch the match.
The Yellow Jackets will return home to face the No. 17 ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Thursday, March 24 at 3 p.m. at the Bill Moore Tennis Center in Atlanta.
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Georgia Tech at Vanderbilt
March 19, 2011 at Nashville, Tenn.
#20 Georgia Tech 4, #16 Vanderbilt 3
1. #49 Jillian O’Neill (GT) def. #91 Alex Leatu (VU), 7-6, 7-6
2. #69 Chelsea Preeg (VU) def. #82 Viet Ha Ngo (GT), 6-3, 7-6
3. #83 Caroline Lilley (GT) def. Jackie Wu (VU), 6-4, 0-6, 7-6
4. Lauren Mira (VU) def. Sasha Krupina (GT), 6-3, 6-4
5. Elizabeth Kilborn (GT) def. #97 Rachael Dillon (VU), 1-6, 6-3, 7-5
6. Keilly Ulery (VU) def. Lynn Blau (GT), 6-3, 4-6, 7-6
1. #63 Rachael Dillon/Alex Leatu (VU) def. Viet Ha Ngo/Jillian O’Neill (GT), 9-7
2. Sasha Krupina/Elizabeth Kilborn (GT) def. Chelsea Preeg/Jackie Wu (VU), 9-7
3. Lynn Blau/Caroline Lilley (GT) def. Lauren Mira/Keilly Ulery, 8-3
Georgia Tech 7-5; National ranking #20
Vanderbilt: 8-5; National ranking #16
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,5,1,6,2,3)
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