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No. 23 Georgia Tech Defeats No. 39 Rice, 5-2

Feb. 17, 2005

ATLANTA – Lyndsay Shosho recorded a straight-set singles victory and clinched a 5-2 match victory for No. 23 Georgia Tech (5-0), as the Yellow Jackets defeated No. 39 Rice Thursday afternoon at the Bill Moore Tennis Center. It marked the second match clinched by the junior in the last two days as Shosho came from behind to win over Mari Muller of Alabama Wednesday evening.

The Yellow Jackets swept all three doubles matches to begin singles play with a 1-0 edge. Kristi Miller and Alison Silverio, ranked No. 16 in the ITA rankings, defeated Rice’s Blair DiSesa and Kimberly Patenaude, 8-5, at No. 1, before Esther van Londen and Whitney McCray teamed together at the No. 3 position to down Medeja Egic and Christine Dao, 9-7, which clinched the doubles point for the Jackets.

Shosho and Anderson, ranked 58th in the nation, then won 9-8 (5) in the No. 2 slot to ensure the doubles sweep.

“I felt like we competed really well today,” said Tech head coach Bryan Shelton. “We are doing a good job in doubles play, really finding ways to win tough matches.”

Tracie Chang won a 6-4, 6-0 match against Tech’s Dasha Potapova at No. 3 singles to put the Owls on the scoreboard before Anderson and Anson won at the Nos. 2 and 6 slots, which gave the Yellow Jackets a 3-1 lead and set up Shosho for the clinch.

Anderson defeated Patenaude, 6-2, 6-3, while Anson won a 6-4, 6-3 match against Egic. Shosho then downed Dao at the No. 5 position, 6-4, 6-4.

“In singles, it was good to see Kelly come out with a strong performance today, from start to finish,” said Shelton. “I think it was one of the best matches that I’ve seen her play this season, and I think that all of us really did a good job of fighting.”

In other singles action, 18th-ranked Kristi Miller came back after dropping her first set to No. 89 DiSesa, 5-7, to win the second set 6-4. She then played DiSesa in a super-tiebreaker and pulled out a 10-8 win to give Tech a 5-1 lead in the match.

“All in all I am very pleased with our play today,” said Shelton. “It has been a tough week for us, with a lot going on both in school and with our three matches, but I have been happy with the way that we have persevered through these two matches and hope that we can continue our strong play on Sunday. The Yellow Jacket women’s tennis team will return to action when they host the 18th-ranked Harvard Crimson this Sunday at 12 noon. Fans are asked to note the change in posted time from 2 p.m. to 12 p.m. and make plans to come out and support the undefeated Georgia Tech women’s team.

No. 23 Georgia Tech 5, No. 39 Rice 2

Doubles

No. 1 No. 16 Miller/Silverio (GT) def. DiSesa/Patenaude (R), 8-5

No. 2 No. 58 Anderson/Shosho (GT) def. Chong/Karas (R), 9-8 (5)

No. 3 van Londen/McCray (GT) def. Egic/Dao (R), 9-7

Order of Finish: 1, 3**, 2

**Clinched Doubles Point

Singles

No. 1 No. 18 Kristi Miller (GT) def. No. 89 Blair DiSesa (R), 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (8)

No. 2 No. 79 Kelly Anderson (GT) def. Kimberly Patenaude (R), 6-2, 6-3

No. 3 Tracie Chang (R) def. Dasha Potapova (GT), 6-4, 6-0

No. 4 Dominique Karas (R) def. Alison Silverio (GT), 7-5, 5-7, 1-0 (7)

No. 5 Lyndsay Shosho (GT) def. Christine Dao (R), 6-4, 6-4

No. 6 Kacie Anson (GT) def. Medeja Egic (R), 6-4, 6-3

Order of Finish: 3, 2, 6, 5*, 1, 4

*Clinched Match Point

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