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Bilchev Undefeated at Tennessee Fall Invite

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Kylie Bilchev remains undefeated at the Tennessee Fall Invitational after collecting doubles and singles victories on Saturday. The Yellow Jackets have played two rounds at the Barksdale Stadium at the University of Tennessee.

Doubles
Bilchev and doubles teammate Alejandra Cruz took home their second victory of the tournament on Saturday against Tennessee’s Elenora Molinaro and Rebeka Mertena. Knotted at 3-3, the Jackets won the next two games for a 5-3 advantage. The Lady Vols closed their deficit to 5-4, but Bilchev and Cruz sealed the match winning the next three games for an 8-4 victory.

Ruth Marsh and Mahak Jain cruised to an 8-1 decision against Catherine Aulia and Esther Adeshian (UT). Tech opened with a 7-0 lead before the Lady Vols got on the scoreboard, but Marsh and Jain served out the win.

Singles
Georgia Tech captured two singles wins on Saturday afternoon. Bilchev won her second singles match, downing No. 27 Mertena in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2. In the opening set, Bilchev and Mertena stood at a 4-4 standstill before Bilchev took the next two games for a set advantage. Merteno won the first two games in the second set, but Bilchev rallied back, winning six straight games to win the match, 6-4, 6-2.

Jain also went undefeated on the day and picked up her first singles win of the tournament. Facing Lauren Anzalotta (UT), Jain dropped only three games to the Lady Vol for a 6-1, 6-2 triumph. The Jacket opened the match with a 2-0 lead in the first set and never looked back.

Georgia Tech closes out the tournament on Sunday with its final session at 9 a.m.

RESULTS
Doubles
Alejandra Cruz/Kylie Bilchev (GT) def. Elenora Molinaro/Rebeka Mertena (UT) 8-4
Ruth Marsh/Mahak Jain (GT) def. Catherine Aulia/Esther Adeshina (UT) 8-1

Singles
No. 73 Kylie Bilchev (GT) def. No. 27 Rebeka Mertena (UT) 6-4, 6-2
Mahak Jain (GT) def. Lauren Anzalotta (UT) 6-1, 6-2
No. 96 Elza Tomase (UT) def. Alejandra Cruz (GT) 7-5, 6-2
Esther Adeshina (UT) def. Rosie Garcia Gross (GT) 6-2, 6-3
Catherine Aulia (UT) def. Ruth Marsh (GT) 6-0, 6-3
Eleonora Molinaro (UT) def. Monika Dedaj (GT) 5-0, ret.

 

 

Competitive Drive Initiative
In a unified endeavor, Georgia Tech, the Georgia Tech Foundation, Georgia Tech athletics and the Alexander-Tharpe Fund have come together to accelerate funding for student-athlete scholarships with the launch of the Competitive Drive Initiative. The initiative kicks off with the Accelerate GT Match Program, where any new gift to the A-T Fund’s Athletic Scholarship Fund made through Dec. 31 will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Georgia Tech Foundation, up to $2.5 million. Should Accelerate GT reach its $2.5 million fundraising goal, the matching gift would result in a $5 million impact for Georgia Tech athletics. To learn more and to contribute online, visit atfund.org/accelerate.

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