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Jackets Sweep ITA South Region Singles & Doubles Titles

Oct. 23, 2007

ATHENS, Ga. – The Georgia Tech women’s tennis team continued its stellar play on the University of Georgia’s Dan Magill Tennis Courts Tuesday afternoon when they swept the 2007 ITA South Region singles and doubles titles on the very courts where they captured the 2007 NCAA Championship last May.

The Yellow Jackets knew they’d at least earn the singles title as of Tuesday morning when they advanced both Kristi Miller, the tournament’s No. 1 seed, and Amanda McDowell, the No. 3 seed, to the championship match.

Miller entered the day having won 17-consecutive singles matches in the ITA South Region Championships, including each of the last two title matches, but had her streak snapped Tuesday by the sophomore McDowell, 6-1, 6-3.

Miller, a senior that was playing in her last ITA South Region Championships, finishes with a 19-2 record in the event, with her only other loss coming to current Georgia Tech volunteer assistant coach Robin Stephenson, a former All-American at the University of Alabama.

Following the loss, Miller regrouped to team with fellow senior Whitney McCray to earn the tournament’s doubles title. The top-seeded Yellow Jacket tandem first made quick work of Florida’s third-seeded duo of Diana Srebrovic and Whitney Benik, 8-2, before earning the title with an 8-5 win against Miami’s Romy Farah and Caren Seenauth.

The doubles winner (Miller & McCray) and singles finalists (both McDowell and Miller) now advance to the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, which will be played at the Racquet Club of Columbus (Ohio) Nov. 1-4.

Tennis Tournament ResultsITA South Region ChampionshipsOct 20-23, 2007 at Athens, Ga.

Singles competition 64 #5 Kristi Miller (Georgia Tech) def. Liz Cruz (USF) 6-3, 6-0 64 #60 Amanda McDowell (Georgia Tech) def. Carolin Walter (Florida State) 6-4, 6-1 64 Maya Johansson (Georgia Tech) def. #94 Ania Rynarzewska (Florida State) 6-2, 6-3 64 #42 Christy Striplin (Georgia Tech) def. Natalia Guevara (USF) 6-1, 6-2 64 #23 Kirsten Flower (Georgia Tech) def. Tiffany Welcher (Alabama) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 64 Noelle Hickey (Georgia Tech) def. #22 Monika Dancevic (Georgia) 6-7 (5-7), 6-0, 6-1 64 Katie Rybakova (Florida State) def. #64 Whitney McCray (Georgia Tech) 7-5, 6-4 32 #5 Kristi Miller (Georgia Tech) def. Romy Farah (Miami) 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 32 #60 Amanda McDowell (Georgia Tech) def. Janette Bejlkova (USF) 7-5, 6-1 32 Maya Johansson (Georgia Tech) def. Caren Seenauth (Miami) 6-3, 7-5 32 #42 Christy Striplin (Georgia Tech) def. Martina Nitkova (Georgia State) 7-6 (10-8), 6-1 32 #23 Kirsten Flower (Georgia Tech) def. Elvira Serrot (UCF) 6-3, 6-2 32 Bianca Eichkorn (Miami) def. Noelle Hickey (Georgia Tech) 6-0, 6-2 C32 Whitney McCray (Georgia Tech) def. Preethi Subramanian (Mississippi) 6-3, 6-0 16 #5 Kristi Miller (Georgia Tech) def. Cameron Ellis (Georgia) 7-5, 6-4 16 #23 Kirsten Flower (Georgia Tech) def. Naoko Ueshima (Georgia) 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 16 #60 Amanda McDowell (Georgia Tech) def. Melissa Koning (Auburn) 6-3, 7-5 16 #125 Kelley Hyndman (Georgia) def. Maya Johansson (Georgia Tech) 6-1, 6-1 16 #42 Christy Striplin (Georgia Tech) def. #12 Diana Srebrovic (Florida) 6-4, 6-3 QF #5 Kristi Miller (Georgia Tech) def. #23 Kirsten Flower (Georgia Tech) 6-1, 6-1 QF #60 Amanda McDowell (Georgia Tech) def. Bianca Eichkorn (Miami) 6-4, 6-3 QF #125 Kelley Hyndman (Georgia) def. #42 Christy Striplin (Georgia Tech) 6-0, 6-2 SF #5 Kristi Miller (Georgia Tech) def. Katie Rybakova (Florida State) 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) SF #60 Amanda McDowell (Georgia Tech) def. #125 Kelley Hyndman (Georgia) 6-1, 6-3 F #60 Amanda McDowell (Georgia Tech) def. #5 Kristi Miller (Georgia Tech) 6-1, 6-3

Doubles competition 32 #3 Whitney McCray/Kristi Miller (Georgia Tech) def. Nika Koukhartchouk/Preethi Subramanian (Mississippi) 8-1 32 #56 Kirsten Flower/Maya Johansson (Georgia Tech) def. Martina Nitkova/Mateja Podgorsek (Georgia State) 8-6 32 Caren Seenauth/Romy Farah (Miami) def. Noelle Hickey/Christy Striplin (Georgia Tech) 8-4 16 #3 Whitney McCray/Kristi Miller (Georgia Tech) def. Annabelle Bares/Rawia El Sisi (Troy) 8-4 16 #56 Kirsten Flower/Maya Johansson (Georgia Tech) def. Madeleine Hakansson/Ayano Tanaka (Kennesaw State) 8-0 QF #3 Whitney McCray/Kristi Miller (Georgia Tech) def. Katie Rybakova/Jessica Wente (Florida State) 6-1 QF Diana Srebrovic/Whitney Benik (Florida) def. #56 Maya Johansson/Kirsten Flower (Georgia Tech) 8-1 SF #3 Whitney McCray/Kristi Miller (Georgia Tech) def. Whitney Benik/Diana Srebrovic (Florida) 8-2 F #3 Whitney McCray/Kristi Miller (Georgia Tech) def. Romy Farah/Caren Seenauth (Miami) 8-5

Tournament notes Singles Seeds: No. 1 – Miller (GT), 2 – Srebrovic (UF), 3 – McDowell (GT), 6 – Dancevic (UGA), 7 – Johansson (GT), 8 – McCray (GT), 9-16: Flower (GT) Striplin (GT), KHyndman (UGA) WINNER: McDowell (GT) Doubles Seeds: No. 1/WINNER – Miller/McCray (GT), 5-8: Flower/Johansson (GT)


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