McDowell Falls on First Day of National Indoor Championships

Nov. 6, 2008

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Georgia Tech junior Amanda McDowell dropped her opening round singles match at the 2008 ITA National Indoor Championships Thursday in Charlottesville, Va.

McDowell, the 2008 NCAA Singles Champion, fell behind early and could not recover, ultimately falling 6-3, 6-4 to Nina Munch-Soegaard of TCU. She will open play in the singles consolation bracket Friday morning at 10:30 a.m.

“Amanda got behind early and couldn’t get back into the match,” assistant coach Anca Dumitrescu said. “She started well in the second set but she was unable to find a way to put her opponent away.”

In a rematch of the 2008 Riviera/ITA All-American Doubles Championship final, McDowell and freshman Irina Falconi dropped their first round match to No. 3 Renata Kucerkova and Anastasia Petukhova of Fresno State, 8-2. The Yellow Jacket twosome was unable to get much going against the tough Bulldog doubles tandem. The Jackets will move into the doubles consolation bracket and begin play Friday at 8 a.m.

“We got behind early in this match and were unable to find a way back into it,” Dumitrescu said. “Fresno State’s team came out very aggressive and were able to keep the momentum throughout the match.”

Live scoring updates for all matches at the 2008 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Tennis Championships will be available on www.virginiasports.com.

Senior Christy Striplin and the remaining members of the Yellow Jacket women’s tennis team will open competition Friday at the UNC Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C.

– RamblinWreck.com –

Georgia Tech Day One Results
Singles

R32 – Nina Munch-Soegaard (TCU) def. Amanda McDowell (Georgia Tech), 6-3, 6-4

Doubles
R16 – Kucerkova/Petukhova (Fresno State) def. McDowell/Falconi (Georgia Tech), 8-2

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