May 26, 2006
PALO ALTO, Calif. – Lyndsay Shosho and Kristi Miller have teamed together to become Georgia Tech’s first set of All-Americans in doubles play, one year after Miller became the first All-American in Yellow Jacket women’s tennis history–singles or doubles.
The duo earned the honor Friday evening when they teamed together to defeat Southern Cal’s 18th-ranked tandem of Lindsey Nelson and Luana Magnani in the Round of 16 of the NCAA Doubles Championships, which is being contested at the Taube Tennis Complex on the campus of Stanford University.
After falling behind 3-1 in the first set, the duo won 11 of the next 14 games to earn a 6-4, 6-2 victory and become the first Yellow Jacket women’s tennis duo to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Championships.
The Tech doubles team now awaits the winner of Friday night’s Round of 16 matchup between No. 5-8 seed Suzie Babos and Zsuzsanna Fodor of California and Northwestern’s Cristelle Grier and Alexis Prousis. The quarterfinal match will be contested Saturday afternoon at a time to be announced following the conclusion of Friday’s doubles matches.
Earlier in the day, top-ranked Miller won eight consecutive games after falling behind 1-0 in her first set against 13th-ranked Grier, and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2006 Singles Championships with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over the No. 9-16 seeded senior from Northwestern.
With the win, Miller, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, advances to play No. 9-16 seed Theresa Logar of Stanford tomorrow at 12 noon PT.
Miller and Logar are the only two seeded players that remain in the singles draw, after top-seeded Audra Cohen of Miami, No. 3 seed Daniela Bercek of Duke, No. 4 seed Zuzana Zemenova of Baylor, No. 7 seed Alice Barnes of Stanford, No. 8 seed Amber Liu of Stanford and No. 9-16 seed Zuzana Cerna of Baylor were all upset by unseeded players in the Round of 16 Friday morning.
Miller, now 41-6 on the season in singles play, is just one victory shy of tying the Georgia Tech single-season mark for most singles wins in a season, which she set in 2005. With her victory in the Round of 16, the three-time All-American also becomes the first Yellow Jacket to advance to the quarterfinals in the NCAA Singles Championships.
Livestats for both doubles and singles play can be found by visiting http://gostanford.cstv.com/livestats/tennis/StanfordTennis.html.
NCAA Singles Championships
Round of 64: No. 2 Seed (#1) Kristi Miller (GT) d. #22 Bianca Dulgheru (Pepperdine), 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
#49 Kim Coventry (Kentucky) d. #63 Lyndsay Shosho (GT), 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3
Round of 32: Miller (GT) d. #32 Jackie Carleton (Duke), 6-3, 6-2
Round of 16: Miller (GT) d. No. 9-16 Seed (#13) Cristelle Grier (Northwestern), 6-1, 6-1
Quarterfinals: Miller (GT) vs. No. 9-16 Seed (#10) Theresa Logar (Stanford), Saturday, 12 noon PT
NCAA Doubles Championships
Round of 32: #10 Miller/ Shosho (GT) d. #30 Dulgheru/Eva Dickes (Pepperdine), 6-4, 6-4
Round of 16: Miller/Shosho (GT) d. #18 Lindsey Nelson/Luana Magnani (USC), 6-4, 6-2
Quarterfinals: Miller/Shosho (GT) vs. No. 5-8 Seed (#8) Suzi Babos/Zsuzsanna Fodor (Cal)/#13 Grier/Alexis Prousis (N’Western), Saturday, Time TBA