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No. 8 Georgia Tech Downs No. 34 Florida State, 5-2, in Women's Tennis

April 9, 2005

ATLANTA – Alison Silverio won at No. 1 doubles and No. 4 singles to lead No. 8 Georgia Tech (14-2, 7-0 ACC) to a 5-2 victory over No. 34 Florida State (9-9, 4-5 ACC) Saturday at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.

Georgia Tech held a 1-0 lead going into singles play after winning two of three doubles matches to begin the day. The Yellow Jacket duo of Kelly Anderson and Whitney McCray downed Tapiwa Marobela and Natalie Tirapelli, 8-4, in the No. 3 slot before the Seminoles’ Roxanne Clark and Amberly Tantee stopped Dasha Potapova and Lyndsay Shosho, 8-5, at No. 2.

Tech’s No. 1 duo of Kristi Miller and Alison Silverio, ranked 15th in the nation according to the latest ITA poll, then came back from a 6-5 deficit to defeat the 11th-ranked doubles team of Mihaela Moldovan and Lindsey Deason, 8-5, to earn the point for the Yellow Jackets.

“I was really proud of our doubles effort today,” said Georgia Tech head coach Bryan Shelton. “I think it was a huge factor in the match, and for Alison and Kristi to come back today after losing to that same pair back in the fall was a big lift for our team, and certainly a big lift for those two players.”

McCray gave the Yellow Jackets a 2-0 edge in the match when she downed Tirapelli, 6-4, 6-1, at the No. 6 singles position.

“We always know that, at the top of the lineup, we are playing against so much talent that anything can happen, but I still feel like the strength of our team is in its depth and how hard we compete,” said Shelton. “We competed great at Nos. 4, 5, and 6 and for Whitney to step up today I felt was a breakthrough for her. It was a big day for her, on her birthday, so I think she had a little extra motivation today.

Silverio pushed Georgia Tech to a 3-0 lead with a 6-4, 6-2, win against Marobela at No. 4 singles before Shosho clinched the match for the Yellow Jackets with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Tantee at the No. 5 slot. With their wins Saturday, Silverio and Shosho extended their match-win streak to nine, dating back to Tech’s match at Clemson in early March.

Rounding out the scoring for the Yellow Jackets was Potapova, playing in her second consecutive match in the No. 2 singles slot. Potapova won the first set, 6-4, to the Seminoles’ Deason before dropping the second set by the same score. She then came back with a 10-6 victory in a super tiebreaker to record the final point for Georgia Tech

The Yellow Jackets will play the second match of a four-match homestand tomorrow when they host the ninth-ranked Miami Hurricanes at 12 p.m.

“It was great that so many people came out to support us,” said Shelton, “and I feel like they really gave us a boost today. We hope that we have the same support and even more tomorrow because the team is playing well and I think people will see some very good tennis if they came out to watch.”

Tennis Match Results

Florida State vs Georgia Tech

Apr 09, 2005 at Atlanta, Ga.

#8 Georgia Tech 5, #34 Florida State 2

Singles competition:

1. #17 Mihaela Moldovan (FS) def. #14 Kristi Miller (GT) 7-5, 6-2

2. Dasha Potapova (GT) def. Lindsay Deason (FS) 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6)

3. Roxanne Clarke (FS) def. Kelly Anderson (GT) 7-5, 7-6 (7-5)

4. Alison Silverio (GT) def. Tapiwa Marobela (FS) 6-4, 6-2

5. Lyndsay Shosho (GT) def. Amberly Tantee (FS) 6-4, 6-3

6. Whitney McCray (GT) def. Natalie Tirapelli (FS) 6-4, 6-1

Doubles competition:

1. #15 Miller/ Silverio (GT) def. #11 Moldovan/ Deason (FS) 8-6

2. Clarke/ Tantee (FS) def. Potapova/ Shosho (GT) 8-5

3. Anderson/ McCray (GT) def. Marobela/ Tirapelli (FS) 8-4

Match Notes:

Florida State 9-9, 4-5 ACC; National ranking #34

Georgia Tech 14-2, 7-0 ACC; National ranking #8

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,4,5,3,1,2)

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