March 12, 2006
ATLANTA – Lyndsay Shosho won a three-set match at No. 2 singles and Alison Silverio won at both singles and doubles to lead 15th-ranked Georgia Tech (10-2, 3-0 ACC) to a 4-3 victory over No. 64 Virginia (6-5, 1-2 ACC) Sunday afternoon at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.
Shosho came back after dropping her first set to the Cavaliers’ Kristen James to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 and earn the fourth and deciding point in the match.
“Sho (Lyndsay Shosho) has really developed through the years, and has become a great model for the rest of the team on how to compete and how to deal with pressure,” said Georgia Tech head coach Bryan Shelton. “I thought that she did a great job today. She was frustrated after doubles, having match points and not closing it out, so I think that she was more determined in the end to make sure that she took full advantage in singles.”
Silverio was the first singles finisher on the afternoon, as the nation’s 50th-ranked singles player tied the match score at 1-1 with a 6-3, 6-1 win over No. 125 Rachel DelPriore at the No. 3 singles slot.
“I was glad to see Ali come on strong in doubles,” said Shelton. “Unfortunately, we didn’t get the doubles point, but I was glad to see her and Kacie come back, and then for her to continue her strong play in singles. She really is the catalyst for this team, not only by winning, but winning convincingly.”
The Cavaliers earned the first point in the match when James and Lori Stern, the nation’s 33rd-ranked tandem, defeated Tech’s 12th-ranked duo of Shosho and Kristi Miller, 12-10, in a tiebreaker at the top doubles position.
Virginia had already received a doubles win from DelPriore and Douglas Wink at the No. 2 slot, as the duo downed Tech’s No. 47 Kelly Anderson and Whitney McCray, 8-6. Silverio and senior Kacie Anson set up the top doubles position for the clinching point when they defeated UVa’s Caroline Hammond and Amanda Rales, 8-6, at the No. 3 spot.
Tech took a 2-1 lead when No. 2 Miller stopped Wink, 6-0, 7-5, at No. 1 singles, and led 3-1 with a 6-4, 6-1 victory by Christy Striplin over Rales at the No. 6 slot.
Stern pulled the Cavs to within one point at 3-2 with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over McCray at the No. 3 singles position before Shosho earned the deciding win at No. 2.
The Yellow Jackets will now hit the road for three-straight matches, beginning at Furman on Wednesday. The match is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.
“We have some good matches to look forward to,” Shelton added. “We play on the road and have spring break coming up, so it will be a good time for us to get some work done and improve over the next two weeks before we start more ACC matches. We are really in the heart of our conference schedule, so we need to make improvements before we face the rest of the ACC teams.”
Tennis Match Results
Virginia vs Georgia Tech
Mar 12, 2006 at
#15 Georgia Tech 4, #64 Virginia 3
1. #2 Kristi Miller (GT) def. Douglas Wink (VA) 6-0, 7-5
2. #56 Lyndsay Shosho (GT) def. Kristen James (VA) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
3. #50 Alison Silverio (GT) def. #125 Rachel DelPriore (VA) 6-3, 6-1
4. Lori Stern (VA) def. Whitney McCray (GT) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
5. Lindsey Pereira (VA) def. Kelly Anderson (GT) 3-6, 6-4, 7-5
6. Christy Striplin (GT) def. Amanda Rales (VA) 6-4, 6-1
1. #33 Stern/ James (VA) def. #12 Miller/ Shosho (GT) 9-8 (12-10)
2. DelPriore/ Wink (VA) def. #47 Anderson/ McCray (GT) 8-6
3. Kacie Anson/ Silverio (GT) def. Caroline Hammond/ Rales (VA) 8-6
Virginia 6-5, 1-2 ACC; National ranking #64
Georgia Tech 10-2, 3-0 ACC; National ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,1,6,4,2,5)