Dec. 9, 2010
“Sasha has matured so much as a person and a player over her time at Georgia Tech,” Shelton said. “It is fun to think about where she was just a few years ago and look at how far she has come. I am very proud of her level of consistency both on and off the court. Sasha has earned the respect of her teammates and coaches, and will lead by example. Sasha fully understands what this program is all about, and she will help us reach our goals.”
The senior from Moscow, Russia, boasts a career record of 40-48 in singles action and a 64-43 doubles mark. At the fall season-ending UNC Kitty Harrison Invitational, Krupina teamed with Caroline Lilley to post a 3-1 doubles record and earn a share of the doubles title. The duo posted a 9-3 record in the fall season.
“First of all, I can’t really say that I was expecting to be named captain,” Krupina said. “It’s a big honor for me because it shows that I am really having an impact on my teammates. I think that captain is not something that any senior gets just because they are the oldest on the team, it has to be earned. That definitely means a lot to me and is an outstanding compliment.
“For me, it’s more about setting an example by doing the right things as opposed to just talking about the right things, or being vocal about it,” Krupina added. “For me, it’s showing on the court and off the court what this program is about; it’s about giving 100 percent, trying to get better and pushing those around you to get better. I think it’s important for me as captain to set an example and show my teammates what it means to be a part of this program.”
Krupina certainly isn’t afraid of the pressure that comes with being captain and a team leader. At the 2010 ACC Tournament, she went 3-1 to help the team win the tournament title.
The Yellow Jackets will open their spring season Jan. 14-16 at the Michigan Invitational in Ann Arbor, Mich.
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