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No. 2 Yellow Jackets Sweep Virginia, 7-0

April 5, 2008

ATLANTA – Whitney McCray dropped just four games en route to a straight-set singles win after teaming with Noelle Hickey to clinch the doubles point as No. 2 Georgia Tech (15-4, 7-1 ACC) downed No. 40 Virginia (9-9, 5-3 ACC), 7-0, Saturday afternoon on the indoor courts at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.

McCray and Hickey stopped Virginia’s Lindsey Pereira and Lara Alexander, 8-3, at No. 2 doubles after the No. 3 Tech tandem of Amanda McDowell and Kirsten Flower dropped Hampton Williams and Cathy Nimitz, 8-2. Tech’s Kristi Miller and Sasha Krupina then finished off the doubles sweep with an 8-5 win over Amanda Rales and Jennifer Stevens at the top doubles spot.

McCray gave the Yellow Jackets a 2-0 edge when she breezed to a 6-3, 6-1 win against Pereira at No. 3 singles, and Miller pushed the score to 3-0 by stopping Rales, 6-1, 6-4, at the top singles spot.

McDowell clinched match point for Tech by pulling out a 7-3 victory in a second-set tiebreaker to defeat Stevens, 6-2, 7-6 (3), and Flower made quick work of Alexander at No. 5 singles with a 6-1, 6-1 win to push the score to 5-0 in Tech’s favor.

Maya Johansson and Christy Striplin then finished off the sweep for the Jackets as Johansson dropped Williams, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 6 singles and Striplin defeated Maggie Yahner, 6-2, 7-5, at the No. 4 spot.

The Jackets will return to action Sunday when they host Virginia Tech at 10 a.m. in what will be the first match of a women’s/men’s doubleheader at the Bill Moore Tennis Center. Live stats for that match will be available at Ramblinwreck.com while a live video broadcast can be found on ACC Select (gatech.playonsports.tv).

Tennis Match ResultsVirginia vs Georgia TechApr 05, 2008 at Atlanta, Ga.

#2 Georgia Tech 7, #40 Virginia 0

Singles competition 1. #6 Kristi Miller (GT) def. Amanda Rales (UVA) 6-1, 6-4 2. #4 Amanda McDowell (GT) def. Jennifer Stevens (UVA) 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) 3. #36 Whitney McCray (GT) def. Lindsey Pereira (UVA) 6-3, 6-1 4. #76 Christy Striplin (GT) def. Maggie Yahner (UVA) 6-2, 7-5 5. #39 Kirsten Flower (GT) def. Lara Alexander (UVA) 6-1, 6-1 6. #33 Maya Johansson (GT) def. Hampton Williams (UVA) 6-1, 6-2

Doubles competition 1. Miller/Sasha Krupina (GT) def. Rales/Stevens (UVA) 8-5 2. McCray/Noelle Hickey (GT) def. Pereira/Alexander (UVA) 8-3 3. McDowell/Flower (GT) def. Williams/Cathy Nimitz (UVA) 8-2

Match Notes: Virginia 9-9, 5-3 ACC; National ranking #40 Georgia Tech 15-4, 7-1 ACC; National ranking #2 Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,1,2,5,6,4)

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