March 8, 2007
ATLANTA – The seventh-ranked Georgia Tech women’s tennis team hits the road for its first pair of road Atlantic Coast Conference matches of the season this weekend when they square off against Maryland in College Park Friday at 3 p.m. before traveling to Chestnut Hill, Mass. for a meeting against Boston College Sunday at 10 a.m.
The Yellow Jackets (8-4, 0-1 ACC) are coming off a pair of losses to 12th-ranked Georgia and No. 13 Clemson, and are looking to turn the tide this weekend against No. 67 Maryland (7-4, 1-0 ACC) and the unranked Eagles of Boston College (4-5, 0-1 ACC).
The Jackets boast a lineup full of ranked singles players, including No. 7 Kristi Miller, No. 23 Kirsten Flower, No. 55 Whitney McCray, No. 64 Christy Striplin, No. 86 Amanda Craddock, No. 97 Alison Silverio and No. 109 Amanda McDowell. Miller and McCray also team together to form the nation’s No. 10 doubles tandem while McCray and Craddock are still ranked No. 56 despite not playing together since the fall.
Riding a seven-match winning streak against the Terrapins, the Jackets hold a slim 15-14 edge in the series against Maryland, including a 5-6 record in College Park. Georgia Tech defeated the Terps, 7-0, a year ago in Atlanta. Maryland has a pair of ranked singles players on their team, Marianne Baker (No. 116) and Eleanor Peters (No. 120), while the duo also teams together on the doubles court as the 49th-ranked tandem in the nation.
The Yellow Jackets and Eagles have split the two matches in the series, with BC taking the first, 5-4, in 1991, and Tech downing the Eagles, 7-0, in Atlanta a year ago. The Jackets and Eagles have never met outside of Atlanta, as this weekend’s match at the Weymouth Club in Weymouth, Mass. will be the first matchup between the two squads outside of the state of Georgia.
Georgia Tech is in the middle of a five-match road swing that began in Athens at the University of Georgia last Wednesday and will conclude Wednesday, Mar. 21 at South Florida.