April 4, 2009
ATLANTA – Sophomore Sasha Krupina helped push the Yellow Jackets win streak to seven straight with the clinching singles win over Alina Sullivan as the sixth-ranked Georgia Tech women’s tennis team defeated Boston College, 6-1 Saturday afternoon at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.
The Yellow Jackets moved to 14-5 overall and 7-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Eagles fell to 6-10 on the season and 2-7 in the ACC.
“I thought the girls played well today,” Georgia Tech head coach Bryan Shelton said. “It was nice to have a good home crowd on a beautiful day. We will just keep taking our matches one at a time.”
Krupina finished off Sullivan with a straight-set 6-3, 6-3 decision on court five. Krupina is now 11-7 in singles during the dual-match season and 5-2 against conference opponents.
Tech opened the day with a sweep of all three doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead on the Eagles. Irina Falconi and Krupina blew past Sullivan and Jacqueline Mabatah, 8-1 on court two. The 20th-ranked duo of Christy Striplin and Noelle Hickey clinched the point for the Jackets behind an 8-3 win over Lauren Cash and Dasha Cherkasov at the top spot in the lineup. Amanda McDowell and Lynn Blau also earned a doubles win for Tech.
“Our goal is to continue to win doubles points,” Shelton said. “The more we do it, the more it will become a habit.”
Falconi, the nation’s seventh-ranked player, opened singles play with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Lana Krasnopolsky at the top spot in the lineup. Freshman Viet Ha Ngo pushed Tech’s lead to 3-0 when she defeated Brittany Delaney, 6-2, 6-2 from the sixth singles flight. Krupina would then seal the win for Tech.
Striplin continued to stay hot on the court, winning her seventh singles match in her last eight, with a 6-1, 6-4 defeat of Katharine Attwell from the fourth spot in the lineup.
McDowell, ranked 19th in the nation, picked up the Jackets fifth singles win by defeating Katarina Gajic 6-1, 7-6 (10-8) on court two.
The Yellow Jackets will return to action tomorrow against Maryland at the Bill Moore Tennis Center. The match will begin at 12 p.m. with Senior Day festivities beginning at 11:45 a.m.