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McCray Leads No. 1 Tech Women on Opening Day of Freeman Memorial

Jan. 11, 2008

ATLANTA – Whitney McCray posted a pair of three-set singles wins to lead the Georgia Tech women’s tennis contingent on day one of the Freeman Memorial Tennis Championships, which is being hosted by UNLV at the Fertitta Tennis Complex in Las Vegas, Nev.

All four Yellow Jackets in attendance posted first-round singles wins, including McCray, who knocked off the tournament’s No. 8 seed, 42nd-ranked Laila Abdala of Arizona State, 4-6, 6-0, 6-1. Also recording a three-set win in the first round was Tech sophomore Kirsten Flower, who stopped the tourney’s No. 5 seed, 28th-ranked Yasmin Schnack of UCLA, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.

Amanda McDowell and Kristi Miller notched straight-set first round wins, as McDowell stopped UCLA’s Alex McGoodwin, 7-6, 6-1, and Miller downed Arizona State’s Wendy Pilecka, 6-2, 6-1.

The Jackets ran into problems in the second round, as only McCray could muster a win in the late afternoon matches, posting a 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 win over USC’s Sarah Fansler to move to Saturday’s play. Top-seeded McDowell dropped a 2-6, 7-5, 4-6 decision to North Carolina’s Katrina Tsang while Flower and Miller fell in straight sets.

Earlier in the day Miller teamed with Flower to defeat UCLA’s Elizabeth Lumpkin and Stephanie Wetmore, 8-1, while the doubles tandem of McDowell and McCray fell, 5-8, to Whitney Deason and Jessica Nguyen.

Play will continue at 10 a.m. PT Saturday with the quarterfinals of doubles with two rounds of singles to follow.

2008 FREEMAN MEMORIAL TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPSAt Fertitta Tennis Complex, Las Vegas, NV

REMAINING SCHEDULE OF PLAY Saturday Doubles Quarterfinals 10:00 a.m. Singles Quarterfinals Follow Singles Semifinals Follow

Sunday NOTE: Times for Sunday are TBD depending on which teams’ players remain. Doubles Semifinals TBA Doubles Final Follow Singles Final Follow

SINGLES-ROUND ONE-Jan. 11 (1) Amanda McDowell (GT) def. Alex McGoodwin (UCLA) 7-6, 6-1 (4) Whitney McCray (GT) def. Laila Abdala (ASU) 4-6, 6-0, 6-1 Kirsten Flower (GT) def. (5) Yasmin Schnack (UCLA) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 (2) Kristi Miller (GT) def. Wendy Pilecka (ASU) 6-2, 6-1

ROUND OF 16 Jan. 11 Katrina Tsang (UNC) def. (1) Amanda McDowell (GT) 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 (4) Whitney McCray (GT) def. Sarah Fansler (USC) 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 Amanda Fink (USC) def. Kirsten Flower (GT) 6-1, 6-2 Csilla Borsanyi (UF) def. (2) Kristi Miller (GT) 6-3, 6-4

FLIGHT ONE DOUBLES-ROUND ONE- Jan. 11 Nguyen/Deason (STAN) def. McDowell/McCray (GT) 8-5 (2) Miller/Flower (GT) def. Lumpkin/Wetmore (UCLA) 8-1

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