Jan. 18, 2010
ATLANTA – The 10th-ranked Georgia Tech Women’s Tennis team showed no rust in its first match of the season by blanking Chattanooga, 7-0, Monday afternoon at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.
“We got off to a good start today,” head coach Bryan Shelton said. “As a team, I thought we played with a lot of energy and purpose in our first match of the spring season.”
The Yellow Jackets opened the day by winning all three doubles matches to take an early 1-0 lead on the Mocs. Lynn Blau and Elizabeth Kilborn got things going by cruising to an 8-0 win over Jennifer Taylor and Annie Green on court three. Junior Sasha Krupina and sophomore Irina Falconi registered an 8-0 win of their own over Jenna Nurik and Emily Hangstefer at the top spot in the lineup to secure the point for Tech. Sophomore Hillary Davis and Viet Ha Ngo earned the third Yellow Jackets doubles victory.
Falconi, ranked No. 1 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association singles poll, defeated Nurik, 6-1, 6-2 on court one to give the Yellow Jackets a 2-0 lead. Kupina put the Yellow Jackets ahead 3-0 with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Hangstefer at the No. 2 spot in the lineup.
Ngo clinched the win for the Jackets behind her 6-0, 6-1 win over Shaina Singh at No. 3 singles. Also earning wins for Tech were senior Amanda McDowell, who won her 111th career match, as well as Blau and Kilborn.
“I was happy to see McDowell back on the court competing,” Shelton said. “I thought she did a good job staying patient and within herself. It is always nice when you get a freshman playing their first dual-match and having success. I think there will be many more great performances from Elizabeth.”
The Yellow Jackets will take their first road trip of the season next Sunday, Jan. 24 when they travel to Auburn. The match at the Yarbrough Tennis Center is scheduled for 2 p.m.