April 15, 2007
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Alison Silverio posted a 6-2, 6-2 singles victory in the final regular-season match of her career to pace No. 4 Georgia Tech (20-4, 10-1 ACC) to a 5-2 win over No. 46 Virginia (10-10, 4-7 ACC) Sunday afternoon at the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va.
With this win the Yellow Jackets clinch at least a share of the ACC regular season title for the third consecutive season.
The Jackets and Cavs played singles first due to the doubleheader with the men’s tennis team, and Georgia Tech won the first three singles matches to take a quick 3-0 lead in the match.
Silverio’s win over Britney Larson at the second singles line started the Jackets off on a winning note, and No. 116 Amanda McDowell pushed the score to 2-0 with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Linsey Pereira at the fourth singles position. Fifth-ranked Kristi Miller brought the Jackets to just one point of the match win by dropping Jennifer Stevens, 7-5, 6-3 atop the singles lineup before Caroline Hammond put Virginia on the board by stopping No. 103 Tarryn Rudman, 6-4, 6-4 at the No. 6 singles spot.
No. 69 Amanda Craddock fought back after dropping her first set to record a 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 win over Kristen McVitty at No. 3 singles to capture match point for the Yellow Jackets.
With the victory in hand, the Jackets took two of three doubles matches, led by the team of Miller and Christy Striplin, who handed Larson and Maggie Yahner an 8-4 defeat at the No. 2 spot. Rudman and Kirsten Flower then fell at the third position to Pereira and Amanda Rales by a score of 9-7, to even up the score at 1-1.
Tech’s duo of Silverio and Craddock, playing in the first spot, closed out the regular season finale with an 8-5 victory over Lara Alexander and Hammond to give the Jackets the doubles point and the 5-2 win on Sunday.
The Yellow Jackets will travel to Cary, NC for the ACC Tournament this week. Seeds for the tournament will be announced either late Sunday or early Monday, and the schedule for the entire tournament will be found at www.ramblinwreck.com once that announcement is made.
No. 4 Georgia Tech 5, No. 46 Virginia 2
Singles 1. # 5 Kristi Miller (GT) def. Jennifer Stevens (UVa), 7-5, 6-3 2. # 80 Alison Silverio (GT) def. Britney Larson (UVa), 6-2, 6-2 3. # 69 Amanda Craddock (GT) def. Kristen McVitty (UVa), 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 4. # 116 Amanda McDowell (GT) def. Lindsey Pereira (UVa), 6-0, 6-2 5. Amanda Rales (UVa) def. # 46 Christy Striplin (GT), 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 6. Carolina Hammond (UVa) def. # 103 Tarryn Rudman (GT), 6-4, 6-4
Doubles 1. #40 Craddock/Silverio (GT) def. Alexander/Hammond (UVa), 8-5 2. Miller/Striplin (GT) def. Yahner/Larson (UVa), 8-4 3. Pereira/Rales (UVa) def. Rudman/Kirsten Flower, 9-7
Order of Finish: Singles (2,4,1,6,3,5) Doubles (2,3,1)