March 27, 2011
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Before heading to the State of North Carolina for two matches this weekend, Georgia Tech women’s tennis coach Bryan Shelton talked about the importance of building momentum as the season works toward the ACC and NCAA Tournaments.
His squad answered the bell with a pair of decisive wins over ranked teams on the road to run its winning streak to four matches, the longest of the 2011 season, with a 6-1 victory over the No. 48 Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Sunday in Winston-Salem.
With the win, the 20th-ranked Yellow Jackets improved to 10-5 overall and 3-1 in ACC play this season, while the Demon Deacons dropped to 6-9 overall and 0-5 in league action.
The Yellow Jackets scored early advantages before the match with the Demon Deacons even began. Wake Forest only fielded two doubles teams and five singles, giving Tech a 1-0 lead before play even began.
Georgia Tech only needed to win one of the two doubles matches to gain the early momentum and the doubles point. The Deacs got the start they needed by taking the first doubles match with an 8-4 victory by Emilee Malvehy and Martina Pavelec over the Jackets’ Elizabeth Kilborn and Sasha Krupina on court one. Tech’s number two team of Lynn Blau and Caroline Lilley came through again for Tech with an 8-6 win over Wake’s Kayla Duncan and Anna Mydlowska to put Tech up 2-0 heading into the singles matches.
The Demon Deacons got on the board with a 6-2, 6-3 win by 30th-ranked Martina Pavelec over Tech’s 49th-ranked Jillian O’Neill at the number one spot of the lineup. The Yellow Jackets’ Lynn Blau quickly answered and put Tech within a point of the win with her 6-3, 6-3 victory over Wake’s Brigita Bercyte on court five.
Viet Ha Ngo ensured Tech would travel back to Atlanta with a second team win as she defeated the Deacs’ Kayla Duncan, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 from the third spot in the lineup. Junior Caroline Lilley and Sasha Krupina each dropped their first set but both rallied for three-set wins to provide the final margin of victory for the Yellow Jackets. Playing from the number two position, Lilley fell 6-2 in the first set to Emilee Malvehy, but won sets two and three 6-4, 6-4. Krupina lost a tough first set 7-5 to Anna Mydlowska and stayed alive with a hard-fought 7-6 win in the second set before clinching her victory with a 6-2 third set win.
The Yellow Jackets will return to Atlanta for a pair of Atlantic Coast Conference matches next weekend. The Jackets will host the No. 24 Maryland Terrapins on Friday, April 1, at 2 p.m. and the No. 36 Boston College Eagles at noon, Sunday, April 3. Both matches will be held at the Bill Moore Tennis Center and are free to the public.
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Georgia Tech at Wake Forest
March 27, 2011 in Winston-Salem, N.C.
#20 Georgia Tech 6, #48 Wake Forest 1
1. #30 Martina Pavelec (WF) def. #49 Jillian O’Neill (GT), 6-2, 6-3
2. #83 Caroline Lilley (GT) def. Emilee Malvehy (WF), 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
3. #82 Viet Ha Ngo (GT) def. Kayla Duncan (WF), 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
4. Sasha Krupina (GT) def. Anna Mydlowska (WF), 5-7, 7-6(7-3), 6-2
5. Lynn Blau (GT) def. Brigita Bercyte (WF), 6-3, 6-3
6. Muriel Wacker (GT) wins by forfeit
1. Emilee Malvehy/Martina Pavelec (WF) def. Elizabeth Kilborn/Sasha Krupina (GT), 8-4
2. Lynn Blau/Caroline Lilley (GT) def. Kayla Duncan/Anna Mydlowska (WF), 8-6
3. Jillian O’Neill/Viet Ha Ngo (GT) win by forfeit
Georgia Tech 10-5, 3-1 ACC; National ranking #20
Wake Forest 6-9, 0-5 ACC; National ranking #48
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,1,5,3,2,4)
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