March 21, 2006
College Station, Tex. – Senior Kelly Anderson dropped just two games en route to a straight-set victory at No. 5 singles to help 13th-ranked Georgia Tech (12-2) to a 4-3 victory against No. 57 Texas A&M (5-8) Tuesday night at the Georgia P. Mitchell Tennis Center.
The Aggies carried a 1-0 lead into singles play by earning wins at the top two doubles positions to begin the night. After the Jackets’ duo of Kacie Anson and Alison Silverio recorded an easy 8-1 victory at the No. 3 spot in the lineup, Texas A&M’s 35th-ranked pair of Nicki Mechem and Anna Lubinsky downed Kelly Anderson and Whitney McCray, 8-5, at the No. 2 position, and Sarah Foster and Tiffany Clifford stopped Tech’s 12th-ranked duo of Kristi Miller and Lyndsay Shosho, 8-6, at the top doubles slot to clinch the point.
Tech then won the first four completed singles matches to earn its 12th victory for the dual-match season.
No. 76 Anderson tied the match at 1-1 with a quick, 6-2, 6-0 victory over Clifford at the No. 5 singles slot before the Jackets’ top-ranked Miller gave Tech a 2-1 match lead with a 6-0, 6-4 win against the Aggies’ 47th-ranked Lubinsky atop the singles lineup.
Tech’s 51st-ranked Shosho came back after falling behind in the second set to win, 6-1, 7-5 over No. 119 Foster in the No. 2 slot, giving Tech a 3-1 edge and rookie Christy Striplin recorded the deciding point in the match with a 6-0, 6-4 victory against Marissa Druss at No. 6 singles.
The Yellow Jackets will continue their spring break swing of Texas in Waco Thursday when they face the 11th-ranked Baylor Bears at 3 p.m. EST. Following that match, Tech will return to conference play in Atlanta, hosting the Maryland Terrapins Saturday at 12 noon before facing Boston College Sunday at 11 a.m. Livestats for all three matches will be available at www.ramblinwreck.com.
Tennis Match Results Georgia Tech vs Texas A&M Mar 21, 2006 at College Station, Tex.
#13 Georgia Tech 4, #57 Texas A&M 3
Singles competition 1. #1 Kristi Miller (GT) def. #47 Anna Lubinsky (AM) 6-0, 6-4 2. #51 Lyndsay Shosho (GT) def. #119 Sarah Foster (AM) 6-1, 7-5 3. Anna Blagodarova (AM) def. #61 Alison Silverio (GT) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 4. Nicki Mechem (AM) def. Whitney McCray (GT) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) 5. #76 Kelly Anderson (GT) def. Tiffany Clifford (AM) 6-2, 6-0 6. Christy Striplin (GT) def. Marisa Druss (AM) 6-0, 6-4
Doubles competition 1. Foster/Clifford (AM) def. #12 Miller/Shosho (GT) 8-6 2. #35 Mechem/Lubinsky (AM) def. McCray/Anderson (GT) 8-5 3. Kacie Anson/Silverio (GT) def. Blagodarova/Seva Iwinski (AM) 8-1
Match Notes: Georgia Tech 12-2; National ranking #13 Texas A&M 5-8; National ranking #57 Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,1,2,6,3,4)