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Jacket Tennis Earns Singles Edge Over Washington at Michigan Invitational

Jan. 17, 2011

ANN ARBOR, MICH. – The Georgia Tech women’s tennis team finished its stay at the season-opening Michigan Invitational with four wins in singles play over the 23rd ranked Washington Huskies and split four doubles matches with the eighth-ranked Michigan Wolverines Jan. 17.

Junior Lynn Blau, playing from the number three position Monday, improved her spring singles record to 3-0 with a decisive 6-3, 6-3 win over Washington’s Samantha Smith. Junior Caroline Lilley picked up her second win of the year with a 6-0, 6-3 win over the Huskies’ Lina Xu in the fifth spot of the lineup.

“I was pleased with how we finished competing today,” head coach Bryan Shelton said. “Our young team got some invaluable experience against solid competition. We had a successful weekend and learned a lot about what it takes to keep improving. Now we need to get home and have a great week working on some specific things before we open our dual match season with Northwestern. We really would like to thank the University of Michigan and its coaching staff for putting on a great event.”

The Jackets also claimed singles’ wins from the No. 6 and 7 spots. Freshman Muriel Wacker earned her second win with a tough 7-5, 6-3 win over Vanja Radunovic and Elizabeth Kilborn claimed a 6-1, 6-2 win in the seventh spot of the lineup to give the Jackets a 4-3 advantage in singles play.

For the second day in a row, the Jackets earned a split in doubles play. Senior Sasha Krupina and Lilley earned their first win of the season playing at the doubles number one spot with an 8-5 win over Michigan’s Sam Crister and Mimi Nguyen. The freshman that Shelton praised with a good win after Sunday earned a second win on Monday with an 8-4 victory over the Wolverines’ Michelle Sulahian and Kari Wig in the number four position.

Tech returns home to open the dual match season when the Jackets host ninth-ranked Northwestern on Sunday, January 23, at the Bill Moore Tennis Center. Admission is free and the match will begin at 1 p.m. For more information, please visit or follow us on Twitter, @GT_WTEN.

Monday Results:
Singles vs. Washington:

No. 1 – No. 6 Denise Dy (UW) d. Christina Ngo (GT), 6-2, 6-2
No. 2 – No. 55 Venise Chan (UW) d. Jillian O’Neill (GT), 6-2, 6-3
No. 3 – Lynn Blau (GT) d. Samantha Smith (UW), 6-3, 6-3
No. 4 – Andjela Nemcevic (UW) d. Sasha Krupina (GT), 6-4, 7-5
No. 5 – Caroline Lilley (GT) d. Lina Xu (UW), 6-0, 6-3
No. 6 – Muriel Wacker (GT) d. d. Vanja Radunovic (UW), 7-5, 6-3
No. 7 – Elizabeth Kilborn (GT) d. Aleksandra Krsljanin (UW), 6-1, 6-2

Doubles vs. Michigan:
No. 1 – Krupina/Lilley (GT) d. Critser/Nguyen (U-M), 8-5
No. 2 – Taney/Tatsuno (U-M) d. Ngo/O’Neill (GT), 9-8 (6)
No. 3 – Bolender/Muresan (U-M) d. Kilborn/Blau (GT), 8-4
No. 4 – Lopez/Wacker (GT) d. Sulahian/Wig (U-M), 8-4

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