March 27, 2010
ATLANTA – Sophomore Viet Ha Ngo came from behind but finished just short of a win in singles as the 13th-ranked Georgia Tech Women’s Tennis team (9-7, 0-3 ACC) fell to Wake Forest (7-7, 1-1), 4-3, Saturday afternoon at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.
In a match that lasted over three hours, Ngo fought back after losing the first set to take the match to a tiebreaker in the third set but came up just short, falling 6-4, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (7) to the Demon Deacons Kathryn Talbert.
“Wake Forest played great today,” head coach Bryan Shelton said. “I was really impressed with them from the start to the finish. Our team showed its true character in how well they competed. I hope to continue to build on these types of matches.”
The Yellow Jackets wore pink jerseys to show their support for breast cancer awareness. During the match, fans donated money and took part in a raffle to raise money for the Atlanta Chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Tech opened the day with a doubles victory on court two when Elizabeth Kilborn and Viet Ha Ngo dropped Emilee Malvehy and Aileen Davis, 8-5. The Jackets were unable to capitalize on the doubles victory, eventually dropping the doubles point to trail the Demon Deacons, 1-0.
Down 2-0, Falconi got the Jackets on the board with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over No. 68 Martina Pavelec at the top spot in the lineup. The nation’s top ranked player moved to 15-1 in singles during the dual-match season.
Lynn Blau tied the match up with a 6-4, 6-4 win on court four over the Deacons Malvehy. She has now won three of her last five singles matches after struggling early in the dual-match schedule.
Tech would take its first lead of the day when Kilborn came from behind to defeat Ryann Cutillo, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, on court five. Sasha Kulikova would answer right back for Wake Forest with a 7-6, 6-2 win over Sasha Krupina at No. 2 singles.
The Yellow Jackets will continue their two-match homestand tomorrow afternoon when they host No. 26 NC State. The match at the Bill Moore Tennis Center is scheduled for noon.