March 31, 2006
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Lyndsay Shosho recorded a straight-set win at No. 2 singles and a split-second later, Whitney McCray captured match point with a straight-set victory at the No. 6 slot to help No. 14 Georgia Tech (15-3, 6-0 ACC) to a 4-3 victory at No. 5 Miami (14-4, 6-1 ACC) Friday afternoon at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center in Coral Gables, Fla.
The win was the Jackets’ fourth-straight over the Hurricanes, with all four matches coming by a 4-3 margin.
With Tech trailing 3-2 in the match, 51st-ranked Shosho pulled out a 6-4, 6-4 victory against Monika Dancevic to tie the match a 3-3 before Caren Seenauth hit a forehand into the bottom of the net against McCray to give the Decatur, Ga. sophomore a 7-6 (5), 6-3 win. McCray came back after falling behind 5-3 in the first set tiebreaker to win the next four points, taking the first set 7-6 (5).
“It feels good to win under pressure because I have really been struggling under pressure this year,” said McCray. “To pull this one out for the team just feels awesome. We really hyped up this match and for us to come back after losing the doubles point shows how tough we are as a team.”
The Jackets dropped all three doubles matches and fell behind 2-0 after third-ranked Audra Cohen downed Tech’s top-ranked Kristi Miller, 6-2, 6-3 at the top of the singles lineup. Tech pulled within one point at 2-1 when No. 76 Kelly Anderson downed Patricia Starzyk, 6-1, 6-3, at the No. 5 position.
No. 61 Alison Silverio tied the match 2-2 with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over No. 83 Audrey Banada at No. 5 singles, but Miami took a 3-2 lead when No. 102 Melissa Applebaum survived a second-set tiebreaker at the No. 3 slot against No. 105 Tarryn Rudman to win, 6-3, 7-6 (4). Rudman was playing in her first match since February 18th and her first ACC match of the season.
“I thought that we had a great win over a great team,” said head coach Bryan Shelton. “I was excited to see Tarryn back out on the court, competing so well in her first match. This was obviously a big win for us, and hopefully we can use this to solidify our position in the standings.”
Tennis Match Results
Georgia Tech vs Miami
Mar 31, 2006 at Coral Gables, Fla.
#14 Georgia Tech 4, #5 Miami 3
1. #3 Audra Cohen (UM) def. #1 Kristi Miller (GT) 6-2, 6-3
2. #51 Lyndsay Shosho (GT) def. Monika Dancevic (UM) 6-4, 6-4
3. #102 Melissa Applebaum (UM) def. #105 Tarryn Rudman (GT) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
4. #61 Alison Silverio (GT) def. #83 Audrey Banada (UM) 7-5, 6-2
5. #76 Kelly Anderson (GT) def. Patricia Starzyk (UM) 6-1, 6-3
6. Whitney McCray (GT) def. Caren Seenauth (UM) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
1. Applebaum/ Cohen (UM) def. Miller/ Shosho (GT) 8-1
2. Banada/ Dancevic (UM) def. Anderson/ McCray (GT) 8-3
3. Seenauth/ Starzyk (UM) def. Kacie Anson/ Silverio (GT) 8-7 (7-4)
Georgia Tech 15-3, 6-0 ACC; National ranking #14
Miami 14-4, 6-1 ACC; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,5,4,3,2,6)