No. 3 Jackets Face No. 14 Fresno State in NCAA Round of 16

May 16, 2007

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After sweeping through the NCAA Atlanta Regional, the No. 3 Georgia Tech women’s tennis team faces No. 14 Fresno State in the NCAA Round of 16, Friday at 3 p.m. at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.

The winner of that match advances to a quarterfinal meeting with either Notre Dame or North Carolina, scheduled for Sunday at 3 p.m. The NCAAs continue with semifinals on Monday and the national championship match scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Highlighting the match between Tech and Fresno State, the first meeting between the two schools, will be an outstanding matchup at No. 1 singles, where Tech’s Kristi Miller, ranked No. 6 in the nation, faces third-ranked Melanie Gloria.

Miller, the junior all-America from Marysville, Mich., leads the Tech lineup with a 20-7 dual-match record at No. 1 singles as well as a 13-8 record at No. 1 doubles, where she teams with junior Whitney McCray to form the nation’s third-ranked duo.

Freshman Amanda Craddock, Tech’s No. 3 singles player, brings a 22-2 dual-match record, including a 15-match winning streak, while another freshman, Atlanta native Amanda McDowell, is 20-4 in dual matches with a seven-match streak. McDowell leads the squad with 35 overall wins on the year.

Rounding out the Tech lineup are senior Alison Silverio, with a 15-7 record at No. 2 singles, junior Christy Striplin at No. 5 singles with a 16-5 record, and senior Tarryn Rudman with a 16-4 mark at the No. 6 position.

Tech (25-4) enters the NCAA Round of 16 with a school-record 17-match winning streak. The Jackets have played a total of 12 matches this season against teams in the NCAA Round of 16, posting an 8-4 record, including three victories over potential quarterfinal foe North Carolina.

The Yellow Jackets, who knocked off Furman and Kentucky in regional play, are making their straight appearance in the NCAA Round of 16 but looking to advance for the first time. Tech fell to Northwestern in last year’s Round of 16 and to Texas in 2005.



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