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No. 5 Tech Women's Tennis Hosts No. 18 Georgia at Noon Saturday

Feb. 24, 2006

ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech women’s tennis team, ranked fifth in the nation in the latest Fila Rankings, will play host to the 18th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs Saturday at 12 noon at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early because traffic around the tennis center and basketball coliseum will be heavy due to the final men’s home basketball game of the season, which is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

“The team is obviously excited about this match,” said Georgia Tech head coach Bryan Shelton. “Because its our instate rivals, and our earning the first match victory against Georgia a year ago, we are looking forward to playing on Saturday.”

Livestats for the tennis match will be available at www.ramblinwreck.com.

The Jackets enter the match with a 5-1 record on the season after defeating No. 58 Rice, 7-0, Thursday afternoon in the home opener for the Yellow Jackets. The Bulldogs are 3-4 on the season after falling to No. 26 Clemson in Athens this past week, 4-3.

Tech will be looking for its second-straight victory against the Bulldogs after earning its first win in the series last season. Georgia holds a 15-1 lead in the series with the Yellow Jackets.

“Georgia has an excellent team,” added Shelton, “and we are looking forward to the challenge that they present for us.”

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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