Yellow Jackets Split On Day One of ITA All-American Championship

Oct. 2, 2011

PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIF. – The Georgia Tech women’s tennis team began play in the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships on Saturday, October 1, at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., with the prequalifying rounds.

Senior Lynn Blau and junior Elizabeth Kilborn were both in the prequalifying singles draw, and the duo played in the prequalifying doubles draw as well.

Blau and Kilborn each won their first round match, but were eliminated from the tournament in the second round. The pair lost their first doubles match of the event in a 9-7 battle to Miriam Westerink and Nino Mebuke of Eastern Michigan.

In her opening round match, Kilborn defeated William & Mary’s Jeltje Loomans, 6-3, 7-5, but fell to Utah’s Sarah Pham, 0-6, 1-6.

Blau was also successful in her first singles match, defeating Hawaii’s Katarina Poljakova, 6-1, 6-2, but was defeated by Penn State’s Petra Januskova, ranked No. 108, 6-1, 4-6, 2-6.

Both Blau and Kilborn will now head to the Seminole Invitational, hosted by Florida State, beginning next Friday, October 7 in Tallahassee, Fla.

The Riviera/ITA All-American Championships will continue on Tuesday with the qualifying rounds with three Yellow Jackets playing.

Senior Caroline Lilley, ranked No. 69, will face Cal’s Tayler Davis, ranked No. 41. Fellow senior Viet Ha Ngo, ranked No. 44, drew Illinois’ Rachel White, ranked No. 67, in her opening match. Senior Jillian O’Neill, ranked No. 21, will be the third Jacket playing in the qualifying rounds, and she will face Sacramento State’s Tatsiana Kapshai, ranked No. 71, in her first round match.

Fans are encouraged to follow Georgia Tech women’s tennis on Twitter, @GT_WTEN, and like the Yellow Jackets on Facebook, GTWomensTennis, for an inside look at the program.

— RamblinWreck.com —

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