Jan. 31, 2010
ATLANTA – The 10th ranked Georgia Tech women’s tennis knocked off no. 34 Kentucky, 4-2 on Sunday afternoon in the ITA Championship Qualifying Match at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.
With the win, the Yellow Jackets improved to 4-0 on the year, while Kentucky fell to 1-3 with the loss.
“I’m extremely pleased with how strong our team came out today,” said head coach Bryan Shelton. “It was nice to see us get off to such a quick start in doubles and put a quick point up on the board. I thought it was very promising to see that.
“Then in singles, we competed very well. Kentucky did a good job of battling and staying in a few matches. But, in the end, our girls did what it took to win today”
Georgia Tech got off to a fast start in doubles play by capturing the team point in a clean sweep of Kentucky. The team of Lynn Blau and Elizabeth Kilborn got things started on the right track with a shutout, 8-0 win in the number three spot over Kentucky’s Nicole Scates and Megan Broderick.
Tech clinched the point and a 1-0 lead in the match at number two doubles when the tandem of Hillary Davis and Viet Ha Ngo made quick work of the Wildcats’ Minnette Pineaar and Elle Coldiron with a 8-2. At number one, Irina Falconi and Sasha Krupina made it a sweep for Tech with an 8-1 win over Caroline Lilley and Christine Johnston.
In singles, No. 1 Falconi made easy work of Kentucky’s Broderick in the number one spot with a 6-2, 6-2 win to give Tech a 2-0 lead in the match. The Wildcats got on the board in the match with a straight set win by Lilly (6-4, 6-3) over Tech’s Krupina, making the score 2-1 in favor of the Yellow Jackets.
Georgia Tech took a 3-1 lead in the match when Blau shutout Kentucky’s Coldiron 6-0, 6-0 at number five singles. Kentucky then took a point back at number three singles to make it 3-2, as Johnston beat Ha Ngo in straight sets (6-4, 7-5).
Tech clinched in match at number four singles, when senior Amanda McDowell earned a straight set (6-2, 6-3) victory over Kentucky’s Pienaar.
Georgia Tech now moves on to the 2010 ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Madison, Wisc. Action will begin at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium on the campus of the University of Wisconsin on Feb. 12th.
Tennis Match ResultsKentucky vs. Georgia TechJan 31, 2010 at Atlanta, Ga.
#10 Georgia Tech 4, #34 Kentucky 2 Singles competition 1. #1 Irina Falconi (GT) def. Megan Broderick (UK) 6-2, 6-2 2. Caroline Lilley (UK) def. #66 Sasha Krupina (GT) 6-4, 6-3 3. Christine Johnston (UK) def. Viet Ha Ngo (GT) 6-4, 7-5 4. Amanda McDowell (GT) def. Minnette Pienaar (UK) 6-2, 6-3 5. Lynn Blau (GT) def. Elle Coldiron (UK) 6-0, 6-0 6. Elizabeth Kilborn (GT) vs. Nicole Scates (UK) 5-1, unfinished
Doubles competition 1. Irina Falconi/Sasha Krupina (GT) def. Caroline Lilley/Christine Johnston (UK) 8-1 2. Hillary Davis/Viet Ha Ngo (GT) def. Minnette Pienaar/Elle Coldiron (UK) 8-2 3. Lynn Blau/Elizabeth Kilborn (GT) def. Nicole Scates/Megan Broderick (UK) 8-0
Match Notes: Kentucky 1-3; National ranking #34 Georgia Tech 4-0; National ranking #10 Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,2,5,3,4) Match Played Indoors ITA Kickoff Weekend – Round Two
#29 Arizona State 4, #24 Alabama 2
Singles competition: 1. #58 Kelcy McKenna (ASU) def. Courtney McLane (UA) 6-3, 7-5 2. Alexa Guarachi (UA) def. Nadia Abdala (ASU) 6-3, 6-2 3. #68 Micaela Hein (ASU) def. Paulina Bigos (UA) 6-2, 6-3 4. Hannah James (ASU) def. Alice Tunaru (UA) 6-3, 6-3 5. Antonia Foehse (UA) vs. Sianna Simmons (ASU) 7-6 (7-1), 6-5, unfinished 6. Amanda Martin (ASU) def. Meritt Emery (UA), by forfeit
Doubles competition: 1. Alexa Guarachi/Courtney McLane (UA) def. Micaela Hein/Nadia Abdala (ASU) 8-5 2. Hannah James/Kelcy McKenna (ASU) def. Paulina Bigos/Antonia Foehse (UA) 8-4 3. Meritt Emery/Alice Tunaru (UA) def. Amanda Martin/Sianna Simmons (ASU) 9-7
Match Notes: Arizona State 3-1; National ranking #29 Alabama 2-2; National ranking #24 Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (3,2,1,4) Match Played Indoors ITA Kick-Off Weekend – Second Round