March 11, 2004
ATLANTA – Douglas Wink came from behind to record a three-set victory at No. 5 singles to clinch a 4-3 match win for the second-ranked Georgia Bulldogs (12-1) as they defeated No. 38 Georgia Tech (7-4) Thursday afternoon at the Bill Moore Tennis Center outdoor courts.
Wink dropped her first set by a score of 7-5 to Tech’s Maria Nieto before coming back to post 6-0, 6-3 scores in the second and third sets to give the Bulldogs the fourth and deciding point of the match.
The Jackets began the afternoon earning the doubles point after winning in the Nos. 2 and 3 positions. Freshman Alison Silverio and sophomore Kacie Anson teamed at No. 3 to defeat Wink and her teammate Natalie Frazier, 8-6, before Tech’s duo of Nieto and Lyndsay Shosho clinched the point with an 8-5 victory over Georgia’s Jitka Schonfeldova and Evgenia Subbotina. The Jackets had a chance to sweep the doubles point, as Kelly Anderson and Sekita Grant came back from a 5-2 deficit to go 7-5, but the fourth-ranked duo in the country of Agata Cioroch and Shadisha Robinson came back to earn a 9-7 win at the top of the doubles lineup.
Frazier tied the match for the Bulldogs, earning a 6-3, 6-1 win over Silverio at No. 4, but the Jackets went ahead 2-1 following a win at the top of the singles lineup by Shosho, who is ranked No. 62 in the nation in singles according to the ITA. Shosho downed Georgia’s Cioroch, who stands fourth in the national ranking in singles. The Bulldogs again tied the match at 2-2 when Jennifer Smith stopped the Tech’s Grant, 7-5, 6-0 in the No. 6 position.
Georgia would then lead for the first time in the match at 3-2 when No. 70 Subbotina earned a 6-4, 6-4 victory over the Jackets’ Lindsey Stauss at No. 3 singles before Tech’s Anderson would tie the match at 3-3 with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Georgia’s Robinson, who stands 10th in the nation in singles play.
“I felt like we played a great match today,” said Tech head coach Bryan Shelton. “I really feel like we showed that we were playing to win and that we can really compete with anyone in the country. Our girls, from the top to the bottom of the lineup really played hard today. We came within two points of sweeping the doubles, but earned the doubles point and that really set the tone for the day. I don’t know what you can say about (Lyndsay) Shosho, she just had a huge win and played out of her mind today, and the same goes for Kelly. She played consistent and is getting better every single match that she plays.”
Georgia Tech will return to action this weekend when it hosts Ohio State Sunday afternoon in a match that will begin at 10 a.m.
No. 2 Georgia 4, No. 38 Georgia Tech 3
(Doubles) No. 1 No. 4 Cioroch/Robinson (UGA) d. Grant/Anderson (GT), 9-7 No. 2 Shosho/Nieto (GT) d. Schonfeldova/Subbotina (UGA), 8-5* No. 3 Anson/Silverio (GT) d. Frazier/Wink (UGA), 8-6
(Singles) No. 1 Lyndsay Shosho (GT) d. No. 4 Agata Cioroch (UGA), 6-4, 6-1 No. 2 Kelly Anderson (GT) d. No. 10 Shadisha Robinson (UGA), 6-3, 6-4 No. 3 No. 70 Evgenia Subbotina (UGA) d. Lindsey Stauss (GT), 6-4, 6-4 No. 4 Natalie Frazier (UGA) d. Alison Silverio (GT), 6-3, 6-1 No. 5 Douglas Wink (UGA) d. Maria Nieto (GT), 3-6, 6-0, 6-3** No. 6 Alexandra Smith (UGA) d. Sekita Grant (GT), 7-5, 6-0
*Deciding Doubles Match **Clinched Overall Match