Sept. 30, 2004
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech’s women’s tennis team looks to build upon their impressive start to the 2004-05 season when they travel to the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships this weekend, to be held at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
“I think that it is great that we have the opportunity to go right back out and play again,” Georgia Tech head coach Bryan Shelton said. “People always look at your last outing, and I want our team to have to come back after a good weekend and perform again, realizing that it’s not about just one result or good weekend, but rather about their development. I don’t think they should feel any more pressure because of their past results, but they should be motivated and their confidence high.”
The team is coming off a dominating performance at the Baylor Invitational two weeks ago, when they swept the singles and doubles titles in both the main draw and the consolations. The Yellow Jackets were led by freshman Kristi Miller, who earned the singles championship and teamed with sophomore Alison Silverio to capture the doubles title as well.
“Hopefully we can go out to California and perform well. If we happen to have the results, that will be great, but if we don’t, then hopefully we can learn something from it and it will be a productive week out there.”
Senior Dasha Potapova was the winner of the Baylor Green Back Draw (consolation) and combined with sophomore Kacie Anson to earn runner-up honors in the doubles championship, while sophomore Kelly Anderson finished the Baylor tournament with the doubles consolation title, as she teamed with Arizona’s Stephanie Balzert to finish 3-1. Lyndsay Shosho and Lindsey Stauss rounded out the competition for the Yellow Jackets in Waco, Tex.
All seven players that participated in the Baylor Invitational were invited to play in this weekend’s competition and will begin in the pre-qualifying round on October 2nd, with the exception of Anderson and Shosho, who begin play on October 5th in the qualifying round.
“I think that it’s nice that Kelly and Lyndsay were rewarded for their efforts last season by being ranked in the preseason this year,” Shelton said. “I think that they are deserving of being in the qualifiers draw and hopefully they will make the most of their opportunity there.”
The tournament’s dates of competition are posted below.
Riviera/ITA All-American Championships Schedule of Play
Oct. 2 – 1R Singles, 1R Doubles Oct. 3 – 2R Singles, 1R Doubles Oct. 4 – 1R Singles, 2R Doubles
Oct. 5 – 2R Singles, 1R Doubles Oct. 6 – 1R Singles, 2R Doubles
Oct. 7 – 1R Singles, 1R Doubles Oct. 8 – 2R Singles, 1R Doubles Oct. 9 – 1R Singles, 1R Doubles Oct. 10 – 1R Singles, 1R Doubles
(Note: there is consolation for 1st round losers in Qualifying and Main Draw)