Feb. 15, 2008
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech’s top-ranked women’s tennis team returns to Atlanta this weekend to host the 29th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats at 12 p.m. Sunday at the Bill Moore Tennis Center. The match is scheduled to begin one hour before the start of the men’s basketball game in an effort to showcase the 2008 ITA National Team Indoor Champions to Tech fans planning to attend that contest.
The Yellow Jackets will also welcome back a familiar face in former doubles All-American Lyndsay Shosho, who is in her first year as an assistant coach with the Wildcat program. Shosho helped Tech to its first two Atlantic Coast Conference titles and was a two-time member of the All-ACC team in addition to becoming just the second women’s tennis player in the history of Georgia Tech to earn All-America honors when she did so in 2006.
The Yellow Jackets are coming off a successful weekend where they captured their second-straight national indoor title, knocking off three top-10 teams in the process. Tech stopped No. 75 and tournament host Wisconsin in the first round, 4-0, before defeating their arch-rival Georgia, ranked No. 6 in the country, 7-0, in the quarterfinals. Tech then rallied from an 0-3 deficit to knock off the nation’s then-top-ranked Stanford, 4-3, in the semifinals before downing No. 3 Northwestern, 4-2, in the final.
Kentucky is 6-1 on the season and ranked 29th in the latest ITA poll with their only loss coming to No. 27 Indiana. The Wildcats are also making a stop at Clemson for a match Saturday at 11:00 a.m.
This is only the third meeting between the two teams with Tech leading the series 2-1. Kentucky won the first meeting back in 2002 with a 4-1 win over the Jackets in the NCAA Region Championships. Tech has taken the last two matches from the Wildcats, a 6-1 win at the 2006 ITA National Indoor Championships and a 4-0 win in last year’s NCAA Region Championships hosted by Tech.
The Jackets remain at home as fourth-ranked Georgia comes to the Bill Moore Tennis Center on Saturday, February 23 at 1:00.
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