May 22, 2007
2007 NCAA Women’s Tennis National Championships
Georgia Tech 4, UCLA 2
Georgia Tech Head Coach Bryan Shelton
“For us to get (to the NCAA finals) for the first time and capitalize, I thought that was tremendous.
(on winning Georgia Tech’s first NCAA championship in any sport) “I love winning. For us to get the first for Georgia Tech is special to me because I went to school there. Georgia Tech always has a special place in my heart and it’s nice to go and contribute in a positive way. I’ve been there eight years and to gain some perspective on how difficult it is to build a program I spoke with people like Dan Magill. I heard how long it took him just to win his first SEC title. Building a program takes a lot of people working together – not just one.
“Athens isn’t really our back yard, but it was nice to play where our fans could show up. They certainly helped give us energy tonight, especially after losing the doubles point.”
Georgia Tech’s Alison Silverio
“It’s been an unbelievable four years. I came into this program and we were ranked 42nd, and now we’re No. 1. That’s an unbelievable accomplishment.
“The crowd was unbelievable and the support from my team and coaches – I couldn’t ask for any more from them.”
UCLA Head Coach Stella Sampras Webster
“We lost a tough battle today. We knew Georgia Tech would be strong in singles. After we won the doubles, I was extremelyhappy and felt like we could win three singles matches. I have to give (Alison) Silverio credit. Tracy (Lin) did not play poorly, Silverio just won that match. Bryan (Shelton) has done a great job with his Georgia Tech team. They were better today. I’m proud of our team. We can take some great memories from this tournament. I don’t think we had a letdown after yesterday (win over Stanford). Georgia Tech just beat us.”