Feb. 13, 2011
ATLANTA – Trying to bounce back from their first loss of the season, the No. 14 Georgia Tech women’s tennis team (4-1) jumped out to an early lead and never let up in a convincing 7-0 win over No. 61 Auburn (0-4).
“Today’s win was a great team effort,” head coach Bryan Shelton said. “We played extremely well against a young Auburn team. It was nice to see our doubles teams gel so quickly after a solid week of practice. We are looking forward to some more great matches this coming week in Charlottesville for the ITA National Indoor Championships.”
Shelton shuffled his doubles lineup prior to the match with the Tigers and the Jackets started the day off well, claiming the doubles point and winning all three matches. The duo of Sasha Krupina and Elizabeth Kilborn won at #1 doubles 8-2 for the first decision and the pairing of Muriel Wacker and Rocio Alberca Lopez clinched the point, winning 8-1.
Tech is undefeated this season when they have won the doubles point.
Between the doubles and singles matches, Tech recognized members of the 2007 NCAA national championship team which were on hand to watch the Jackets take down the Tigers. Both the Tech men’s and women’s tennis teams hosted alumni weekend on Saturday and Sunday.
Jillian O’Neil, playing at #3 singles, didn’t take long to give the Jackets a 2-0 lead. The junior beat Maria Arechavaleta of Auburn 6-0, 6-0. Viet Ha Ngo won at the #1 spot shortly thereafter, besting Paulina Schippers 6-1, 6-3.
Junior Caroline Lilley clinched the match for the Jackets at #2 with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Caroline Thornton. Sasha Krupina, Lynn Blau, and Elizabeth Kilborn all picked up wins to close out the match, giving Tech the 7-0 victory.
With the win, Georgia Tech improves to 4-1 on the season. They return to action next weekend when they head to Virginia to play in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.
“Maybe the highlight of the weekend was watching Kenny Thorne’s men’s team take down Georgia with all of our loyal supporters there in force,” Shelton added. “Congratulations to the coaches and players. I am so proud to be a Yellow Jacket!”
Auburn vs Georgia Tech
Feb 13, 2011 at Atlanta, Ga.
#14 Georgia Tech 7, #61 Auburn 0
1. Viet Ha Ngo (GT) def. Paulina Schippers (AU) 6-1, 6-3
2. Caroline Lilley (GT) def. Caroline Thornton (AU) 6-3, 6-3
3. Jillian O’Neill (GT) def. Maria Arechavaleta (AU) 6-0, 6-0
4. Sasha Krupina (GT) def. Oliva Bennett (AU) 6-4, 6-4
5. Lynn Blau (GT) def. Jacqueline Kasler (AU) 6-2, 6-0
6. Elizabeth Kilborn (GT) def. Plamena Kurteva (AU) 6-2, 6-4
1. Sasha Krupina/Elizabeth Kilborn (GT) def. Paulina Schippers/Jacqueline Kasler (AU) 8-2
2. Lynn Blau/Caroline Lilley (GT) def. Caroline Thornton/Oliva Bennett (AU) 8-5
3. Muriel Wacker/Rocio Alberca Lopez (GT) def. Taylor Schreimann/Taylor Cohen (AU) 8-1
Auburn 0-4; National ranking #61
Georgia Tech 4-1; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,1,2,5,4)
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