Sept. 18, 2010
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech women’s tennis team kept the momentum going into their second day of play at the Georgia Tech Invitational at the Bill Moore Tennis Center. The Jackets won three out of four doubles matches from rival Georgia followed by six of eight singles wins against Ivy League powerhouse Yale.
“I thought we played great in doubles today considering it being the second day of the tournament,” said Head Coach Bryan Shelton. “It felt like Elizabeth [Kilborn] and Jillian [O’Neill] made some big adjustments from yesterdays match and executed very well.”
The Jackets began their day winning three of the four doubles matches for the second day in a row taking the victories from Georgia.
Caroline Lilley and Sasha Krupina took down Nadja Gilchrist and Maho Kowase in a marathon 8-6 victory. The second doubles flight of Jillian O’Neill and Elizabeth Kilborn defeated Kate Fuller and Alex Anghelescu easily not losing a set for the 8-0 victory while the fourth doubles twosome of Rocio Lopez and Lynn Blau earned an 8-4 victory over rival Georgia counterpart Cameron Ellis and Rachel Hart.
Doubles play was followed immediately by singles play against Yale where Georgia Tech earned six of their eight singles wins. Lilley easily beat her flight six counterpart Lindsay Clark dropping just two games for the 6-0, 6-2 victory to begin things.
Blau earned a 6-4, 6-3 win over Annie Sullivan in flight five, Krupina took down Kim Szokol 6-2, 7-5 in flight four, O’Neill went 6-2, 6-2 against Elizabeth Epstein in the third flight and Viet Ha Ngo beat her Yale counterpart 6-4, 6-2 in the second flight.
A heartbreaking three-set loss happened for the second-straight day this time coming in the first flight. After winning the first set 6-3, Kilborn dropped the next two sets, 7-5 and 7-5 to fall to her Yale counterpart Vicky Brook.
“Overall we competed well in singles,” continued Shelton. “I am especially proud of Elizabeth and how hard she fought with a great attitude.”
The Jackets other loss on the day came in the eighth singles as Rocio Alberca Lopez fell to Kate Fuller of UGA 6-3, 6-4.
Georgia Tech will return to action in the final day of the Georgia Tech Invitational on Sunday as things get underway with doubles play. The Jackets will take on Oklahoma State while Yale and Georgia face off. Doubles will be followed by singles matches between Oklahoma state and Yale and play will conclude with the Yellow Jackets and Bulldogs squaring off in singles play.