April 10, 2005
ATLANTA – Dasha Potapova came back after dropping her first set, 5-7 to win a 7-3 third set tie-breaker and propel Georgia Tech (15-2, 8-0 ACC) to a 4-3 win over No. 9 Miami (18-3, 9-1 ACC) Sunday at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.
Miami took a 3-0 lead in the match and looked to secure an undefeated mark in ACC play in their inaugural season before Kelly Anderson, Alison Silverio and Lyndsay Shosho got Tech back into the match with singles victories at the Nos 3, 4 and 5 positions to set up Potapova for the deciding point in the match.
“It was the best match I’ve been a part of as a player or a coach.” Georgia Tech coach Bryan Shelton said after the match. “We had our backs against the wall and we responded.”
Miami took the doubles point 2-1 to take an early 1-0 advantage. Anderson and Whitney McCray won quickly at No. 3 doubles, 8-2, against Miami’s Patricia Starzyk and Caren Seenauth before the Hurricanes came back with victories in the top two slots. Miami’s Megan Bradley and Staci Stevens defeated Potapova and Shosho, 8-6, at No. 2 doubles before Melissa Applebaum and Audrey Banada downed Silverio and Kristi Miller, 9-7, to clinch the point.
In singles play, Miami jumped ahead as Banada defeated McCray 6-0, 6-3 at the No. 6 position and the Hurricanes then pushed their lead to 3-0 when the top-ranked Bradley defeated No. 14 Miller 6-4, 6-2 at the No. 1 singles position.
Tech came storming back with three consecutive wins as Shosho won at the No. 5 position over No. 84 Emily Mowery 6-3, 6-3, followed by Silverio’s 6-4, 6-3 win over No. 107 Starzyk at the No. 4 slot. Tech evened up the match when Anderson won 7-5, 6-4 against No. 124 Applebaum at No. 3 singles.
No. 115 Potopova then rallied from 4-3 down in the final set to win her match 5-7, 6-0, 7-6 (3), clinching the match for the Jackets.
With the victory, the Yellow Jackets secured their top season in ACC play and will round out the regular season with a match against No. 10 Duke next Saturday at 12 noon and then No. 14 UNC Sunday at 11 a.m.
No. 8 Georgia Tech 4, No. 9 Miami 3
No. 1 Applebaum/Banada (UM) def. Miller/Silverio, (GT) 9-7
No. 2 Bradley/Stevens (UM) def. Potapova/Shosho (GT) 8-6
No. 3 Anderson/McCray (GT) def. Starzyk/Seenauth (UM) 8-2
Order of finish 3,2,1
No. 1 #1 Megan Bradley (UM) def. Kristi Miller (GT) 6-4, 6-2
No. 2 #115 Dasha Potapova (GT) def. Staci Stevens (UM) 5-7, 6-0, 7-6 (3)
No. 3 Kelly Anderson (GT) def. #124 Melissa Applebaum (UM) 7-5, 6-4
No. 4 Alison Silverio (GT) def. #107 Patricia Starzyk (UM) 6-4, 6-3
No. 5 Lyndsay Shosho (GT) def. #84 Emily Mowery (UM) 6-3, 6-3
No. 6 Audrey Banada (UM) def. Whitney McCray(GT) 6-0, 6-3
Order of finish 6,1,5,4,3,2