McDowell, Falconi Reach Doubles Semifinal at Riviera/ITA All-American Championships

Oct. 3, 2008

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Junior Amanda McDowell and freshman Irina Falconi defeated the No. 1 doubles team in the nation Friday to reach the semifinals of the doubles main draw at the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Falconi and McDowell, a main draw qualifying team, continued their spectacular run in the doubles draw with an 8-3 win over the nation’s top ranked team from Fresno State, Melani Gloria and Tinesta Rowe, Friday. The Yellow Jacket tandem will next face No. 3 Melissa Mang and Amanda Granson of Duke, who escaped a tough match against No. 6 Megan Alexander and Marrit Boonstra of Florida, in the semifinals at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday

In the singles draw, McDowell opened the day with a 6-1, 6-3 win over No. 22 Claire IIcinkas of California in the second round. In the quarterfinal round, the All-American and reigning NCAA Singles Champion, dropped her match to Northwestern’s sixth-ranked Maria Mosolova, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Falconi’s singles run came to an end in the second round of the main draw when she fell in three sets, 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-3, to No. 2 Ani Mijacika of Clemson.

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Friday’s Georgia Tech Results

MR2 – No. 3 Amanda McDowell (GT) def. No. 22 Claire IIcinkas (California), 6-1, 6-3
MR2 – No. 2 Ani Mijacika (Clemson) def. Irina Falconi (GT), 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-3
MQF – No. 6 Maria Mosolova (Northwestern) def. No. 3 Amanda McDowell (GT), 4-6, 6-2, 6-3

MQF – No. 30 McDowell/Falconi (GT) def. No. 1 Gloria/Rowe (Fresno State), 8-3


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