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Jackets Capture Pair of Titles at Women's Fall Desert Collegiate Classic

Nov. 7, 2006

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – Behind the play of Tarryn Rudman, Whitney McCray and Amanda Craddock, the Georgia Tech women’s tennis team earned two of the three titles up for grabs at the Women’s Fall Desert Collegiate Classic, which was played at the Moore Tennis Academy in Palm Springs, Calif. this past weekend.

“I’m very pleased with the strong showing that we had against some strong competition this weekend,” said Georgia Tech head coach Bryan Shelton.

The format of the tournament was adjusted prior to the start of competition to include two 32-player singles brackets and one 32-team doubles draw.

Rudman earned the B Flight Singles Title by breezing through the competition in Palm Springs. She earned a bye in the first round as the top-seeded player before defeating Ristine Olson of Texas, 6-2, 6-2, UCLA’s Stephanie Wetmore, 6-0, 6-2, Katia Decker-Sadowski of USC, 6-2, 6-4 and Miami’s Caren Seenauth, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4, to win her first tournament title of the fall.

Likewise, the doubles combination of McCray and Craddock swept their competition of Lenka Broosova and Jessica Zok of Baylor, 8-1, Texas’ Sarah Lancaster and Courtney Zauft, 9-7, UCLA’s Ashley Joelson and Alex McGoodwin, 8-5, and UCLA’s Elizabeth Lumpkin and Stephanie Wetmore, 8-6, to capture their second doubles title of the season.

“This marks the second tournament title for Whit and Amanda after winning in Houston, and they are really playing well this fall,” said Shelton

Rookie Amanda McDowell had another strong singles outing this weekend, advancing to the finals of the A Flight Singles Draw with victories over Texas’ Lancaster, 6-3, 6-3, Miami’s Romy Farah, 6-3, 0-6, 6-2, and Baylor’s Zok, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4, before falling to Miami’s Laura Vallverdu, 1-6, 7-5, 3-6, in the championship.

“I thought that Tarryn had a really solid performance this weekend, winning the B Singles Draw, while Amanda continues to impress in her strong and determined singles play,” added Shelton. “It has been nice to see the freshman class doing so well this fall.”

Georgia Tech’s Compete Desert Collegiate Classic Results

A Flight Singles

(R32) Amanda McDowell (GT) advanced via bye

(R16) McDowell (GT) def. Sarah Lancaster (Texas), 6-3, 6-3

(QF) McDowell (GT) def. Romy Farah (Miami), 6-3, 0-6, 6-2

(SF) McDowell (GT) def. Jessica Zok (Baylor), 1-6, 6-4, 6-4

(F) Laura Vallverdu (Miami) def. McDowell (GT), 6-1, 5-7, 6-3

(R32) Vallverdu (Miami) def. Whitney McCray (GT), 4-6, 6-1, 6-1

(C) Tracy Lin (UCLA) def. McCray (GT), 6-2, 7-6 (3)

(R32) Lenka Broosova (Baylor) def. Amanda Craddock (GT), 6-3, 2-6, 6-2

(C) Courtney Zauft (Texas) def. Craddock (GT), 6-4, 0-6, 1-0 (10-8)

B Flight Singles

(R32) No. 1 Tarryn Rudman (GT) advanced via bye

(R16) No. 1 Rudman (GT) def. Ristine Olson (Texas), 6-2, 6-2

(QF) No. 1 Rudman (GT) def. Stephanie Wetmore (UCLA), 6-0, 6-2

(SF) No. 1 Rudman (GT) def. Katja Decker-Sadowski (USC), 6-2, 6-4

(F) No. 1 Rudman (GT) def. Caren Seenauth (Miami), 3-6, 7-5, 6-4

(R32) Decker-Sadowski (USC) def. Christy Striplin (GT), 6-3, 6-2

(PO) Striplin (GT) def. Emily Mowery (Miami), 6-1, 6-0

(QF) Striplin (GT) def. Zusana Chmelarova (Baylor), 6-1, 6-1

(SF) Striplin (GT) def. Lancaster (Texas), 6-1, 6-1

A Flight Doubles

(R32) Craddock/McCray (GT) advanced via bye

(R16) Craddock/McCray (GT) def. Lenka Broosova/Zok (Baylor), 8-1

(QF) Craddock/McCray (GT) def. Lancaster/Zauft (Texas), 9-7

(SF) Craddock/McCray (GT) def. Ashley Joelson/Alex McGoodwin (UCLA), 8-5

(F) Craddock/McCray (GT) def. Elizabeth Lumpkin/Wetmore (UCLA), 8-6

(R32) Anca Anastasiu/Diane Matias (USC) def. McDowell/Striplin (GT), 8-6

(C) McDowell/Striplin (GT) def. Mowery/Gina Sabatino (Miami), 8-3

(C) Rudman/Striplin (GT) def. Vanja Corovic/Marija Milic (Texas), 8-5

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