April 26, 2005
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech women’s tennis team, the 2005 ACC Champions, has moved to No. 4 in the nation, tying the highest ranking ever by a women’s sports team at the Institute.
The first Georgia Tech women’s squad to ever crack the top-five was the 2003 volleyball team, who remained at the No. 4 in the polls for three weeks, from Oct. 13-Nov. 3, 2003.
The Yellow Jackets went 3-0 in the 2005 conference tournament, defeating Florida State in the quarterfinals, North Carolina in the semis, and Miami in the championship match, and it is the first ACC Championship ever for a Georgia Tech tennis team. FSU is ranked 41st in the nation in the latest poll, while UNC stands at No. 13, and Miami, ninth.
Freshman Kristi Miller, the 2005 ACC Rookie of the Year, moved up to 13th in the nation in singles, and is ranked 15th in the country with sophomore Alison Silverio. Also appearing in this week’s standings is senior Dasha Potapova, ranked No. 125 in singles.
Silverio was named the 2005 ACC Championship MVP after going 3-0 in singles and 1-0 in doubles in the tournament, while head coach Bryan Shelton earned ACC Coach of the Year honors for the second time in the last four seasons after leading the Yellow Jackets to a 16-3 regular-season record.
The Jackets have recorded 19 dual-match victories in 2005, breaking the previous high of 17, which was set in 1989 and 1990.
Georgia Tech now awaits the NCAA Regional announcement, which will be made on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 4th.