Oct. 9, 2009
ATLANTA – Sophomore Irina Falconi of the Georgia Tech Women’s Tennis team won two singles matches Friday to reach to the semifinals of the 2009 Riviera/ITA All-American Championships main singles draw at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Falconi, the tournament’s No. 8 seed, began her second day of singles play by defeating Notre Dame’s Kristy Frilling, 6-4, 6-1. The victory pushed Falconi into the quarterfinals against Tennessee’s Caitlin Whoriskey.
In her second match of the day, Falconi finished off Whoriskey, 6-1, 6-1, to earn a spot in Saturday’s semifinal match against either Marina Cossou of California or Venise Chan of Washington. The semifinal is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. ET
“It has been another great day for Irina,” assistant coach Anca Dumitrescu said. “She played very focused and disciplined in both matches. She put consistent pressure on her opponents. Tomorrow is another great opportunity for Irina. Our goal is maintain focus on hitting quality shots and taking it one point at a time.”
In doubles, senior Amanda McDowell and Falconi’s bid to repeat as ITA All-American doubles champions came to an end when the Yellow Jacket duo dropped their second round match, 8-0, to Florida’s Lauren Embree and Allie Will.
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