Oct. 7, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – Junior Elizabeth Kilborn led the Georgia Tech women’s tennis team with a singles win and two doubles victories at the Florida State Invitational, which kicked off on Friday at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on the Florida State campus in Tallahassee, Fla.
The Marietta, Ga., native rallied to win her singles match, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0, over Vanderbilt’s Chelsea Preeg, ranked 66th, in the Garnet bracket. Kilborn will now face Florida State’s Leyla Erkan at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Kilborn and doubles teammate Lynn Blau earned a pair of victories on Friday and will play for the Garnet bracket doubles flight championship on Saturday at 9 a.m. against Vanderbilt’s Chelsea Preeg and Marie Casares.
In their first match of the day, Kilborn and Blau quickly dismissed Vanderbilt’s Nelly Radeva and Megan Gornet, 8-3. The Yellow Jacket duo followed up that performance with an 8-2 win over USF’s Ecaterina Vesenina and Loreto Alonso.
In her first action since the Georgia Tech Invitational on September 18, freshman Jasmine Minor defeated USF’s Alessandra Bonte, 6-4, 6-2, and will now face Troy’s Olfa Dhaoui on Saturday in the Gold bracket.
Blau dropped a 3-6, 3-6 decision to the Commodores’ Casares on Friday and will play Troy’s Karoline Grymel on Saturday morning in the consolation half of the Garnet bracket. Sophomore Muriel Wacker lost a tough three-set match to USF’s Alonso, 6-0, 3-6, 4-6 and will try to rebound against Troy’s Candela Munoz on Saturday.
After dropping a hard-fought 6-8 doubles match to USF’s Fanny Fracassi and Bonte, Tech’s team of Minor and Wacker responded with an 8-4 win over Troy’s pairing of Grymel and Munoz in the Garnet doubles bracket. Minor and Wacker will now face Florida State’s team of Erkan and Francesca Segarelli for fifth place.
Meanwhile, on the opposite side of the country, Georgia Tech’s doubles pair of Jillian O’Neill and Caroline Lilley was competing in the main draw of the doubles tournament at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships being held at the Riviera Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
The Yellow Jacket pair dropped a 5-8 battle to Stanford’s No. 11 ranked team of Mallory Burdett and Nicole Gibbs.
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