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No. 5 Tech Tennis Hosts Rice and Georgia This Week

Feb. 22, 2006

ATLANTA – The fifth-ranked Georgia Tech women’s tennis team will play host to a pair of nationally-ranked teams this week, facing No. 58 Rice Thursday at 2 p.m. and the 18th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs Saturday at 12 noon.

Livestats for both matches will be available at www.ramblinwreck.com.

Thursday’s match against Rice will mark the home opener for the Yellow Jackets, with all home matches being played at the Bill Moore Tennis Center, which is located directly across the street from Alexander Memorial Coliseum on Georgia Tech’s campus.

For Saturday’s match, fans are encouraged to arrive early due to heavy traffic around the coliseum for the final men’s basketball home game of the season. The basketball game is scheduled to begin an hour after the start of the tennis match.

Tech enters this week’s matches with a 4-1 record on the season, with its only loss coming to No. 3 Texas in the National Indoor Team Championships. The Longhorns advanced to the finals of the premier indoor tournament before falling to top-ranked Stanford.

The Jackets have won the four matches since that loss, with wins over Wisconsin, Kentucky, Alabama and Auburn. Of those four opponents, only Auburn is unranked.

Sophomore All-American Kristi Miller leads the Jackets on the court, as the Marysville, Mich. native is ranked sixth in the nation in singles play, and combines with senior Lyndsay Shosho to form the nation’s No. 11 doubles combination.

Shosho is also ranked 50th in doubles with junior Alison Silverio, having only played seven matches together all season, and she currently stands 74th in the nation in singles play.

Silverio has teamed with junior Tarryn Rudman the entire dual-match season, and the duo is ranked No. 30 in doubles in the latest polls.

Senior Kelly Anderson and sophomore Whitney McCray make up the team’s fourth ranked doubles team, as the two are ranked 57th in the nation. Anderson also stands at No. 60 in the singles polls.

Rounding out the 2005-06 squad are senior Kacie Anson and rookie Christy Striplin, who combined for a key doubles win against Auburn in the last match.

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