Oct. 5, 2005
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Kelly Anderson advanced to the consolation quarterfinals of the Qualifying Round at the 2005 Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships with a win over No. 49 Iva Gersic of New Mexico Wednesday at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
After dropping her first set 2-6, Anderson, ranked 102nd in the nation in singles, came back with 6-4, 6-4 scores in the next two frames to set up a quarterfinal match against Daniela Covello of Baylor, which is set to be played Thursday at 12 noon (EST).
Also playing Thursday afternoon is Georgia Tech All-American Kristi Miller, who earned a bye in both the prequalifying and qualifying rounds. The eighth-ranked singles player will begin competition in the main draw of singles as the No. 7 seed, facing 19th-ranked Emma Murphy of San Diego in the first round at 3 p.m. (EST). Miller is one of at least 12 players that will be making their first appearance in the tournament’s main draw and the first player from Georgia Tech to ever compete in the main draw at All-Americans.
The Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships is the first of three national collegiate tennis championships this season, and the fall’s premier hard court event features the top players in NCAA Division I tennis. The Oct. 6-9 main draw of the tournament was preceded by two sets of qualifying tournaments. The 64-player, 32-doubles team prequalifying tournament was played this past weekend at UCLA, with four players and doubles teams advancing to the 64-player qualifying tournament at Riviera, where eight players and four doubles teams advanced to the main draw, which begins Thursday.
Ending her strong run at All-Americans Thursday was junior Tarryn Rudman, who fell to Florida’s 34th-ranked Diana Srebrovic, 6-4, 6-4. The Johannesburg, South Africa native dropped just her first match of the fall after winning five matches to begin the season.
Complete results for the tournament can be found at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s website, www.itatennis.com and updated draws will be posted throughout the day at www.edraws.com/ita while results for all Georgia Tech competitors will be posted at www.ramblinwreck.com at the end of each day’s competition.
Georgia Tech in the Qualifying Tournament:
Singles-Round of 64
Tarryn Rudman (GT) def. Nischela Reddy (Minnesota), 6-2, 6-4
Christian Thompson (Notre Dame) def. Kelly Anderson (GT), 6-4, 6-2
Singles-Round of 32
Tarryn Rudman (GT) def. Luana Magnani (Southern California), 6-2, 6-4
Singles-Round of 16
Diana Srebovic (Florida) def. Tarryn Rudman (GT), 6-4, 6-4
Consolation Singles-Round of 32
Kelly Anderson (GT) def. Vlatka Jovanovic (Arkansas), 4-6, 6-2, 6-0
Consolation Singles-Round of 16
Kelly Anderson (GT) def. Iva Gersic (New Mexico), 2-6, 6-4, 6-4