April 17, 2005
ATLANTA – Junior Kelly Anderson clinched the match for the Yellow Jackets with a three-set victory at No. 3 singles, helping No. 8 Georgia Tech (16-3, 9-1 ACC) to a 5-2 match victory over No. 13 North Carolina (19-8, 7-3 ACC) Sunday afternoon at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.
With the win, the Yellow Jackets concluded the regular-season as the co-champions of the Atlantic Coast Conference after never finishing above fourth in the history of the program and will enter next week’s tournament as the No. 1 seed after defeating Miami, 4-3, last weekend.
“An ACC Title, what can we say?,” began Georgia Tech head coach Bryan Shelton. “It was truly a team effort today. Everyone contributed today, especially (Georgia Tech assistant coach) Nannie (de Villiers). She coached her butt off today and has done a great job all year. I think that she has helped to make the difference with this team.”
The doubles team of Dasha Potapova and Lyndsay Shosho won the clinching doubles match for the second-straight day by coming back from a 5-1 deficit to defeat UNC’s 24th-ranked duo of Sara Anundsen and Jenna Long, 8-6, at the No. 2 position.
Georgia Tech won easily at No. 3 doubles to begin the afternoon, as the Yellow Jacket duo of Kelly Anderson and Whitney McCray improved to 5-0 on the season with an 8-1 victory over the Tar Heels’ Caitlin Collins and Tanja Markovic. North Carolina’s 6th-ranked Kendall Cline and Aniela Mojzis then defeated Tech’s 15th-ranked Kristi Miller and Alison Silverio, 8-5, which set up the No. 2 slot for the clinching doubles point.
Shosho gave Georgia Tech a 2-0 edge in the match with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Collins at No. 5 singles, and 14th-ranked Kristi Miller pushed the Jackets to a 3-0 lead with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over No. 31 Mojzis at the No. 1 position.
Markovic earned the first point of the match for the Tar Heels with a 5-7, 6-0, 6-2 win over McCray at No. 6 singles before Tech’s Anderson broke Long’s serve at No. 3 singles to clinch the match for the Yellow Jackets with come-from-behind 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory.
“It seems like every time our backs are against the wall, we are finding the answers out there on the court,” said Shelton. “After losing yesterday to Duke and knowing that we had to come in here and win today to get that title, we really stepped up big.”
Silverio gave Tech its fifth point of the match with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Anundsen in the No. 4 singles slot.
“It was really great to see everyone out today,” said Shelton. “The support that we have felt over the last few matches has been tremendous. It makes us excited about the future of our program and where we are headed.”
The Yellow Jackets will return to action next Friday in the ACC Championship in Cary, NC. The official bracket for the tournament with all dates and times will be released by the conference office Monday.
Tennis Match Results
North Carolina vs Georgia Tech
Apr 17, 2005 at Atlanta, Ga.
#8 Georgia Tech 5, #13 North Carolina 2
1. #14 Kristi Miller (GT) def. #31 Aniela Mojzis (NC) 7-5, 6-2
2. #22 Kendall Cline (NC) def. #115 Dasha Potapova (GT) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
3. Kelly Anderson (GT) def. Jenna Long (NC) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
4. Alison Silverio (GT) def. Sara Anundsen (NC) 6-4, 6-4
5. Lyndsay Shosho (GT) def. Caitlin Collins (NC) 6-4, 6-2
6. Tanja Markovic (NC) def. Whitney McCray (GT) 5-7, 6-0, 6-2
1. #6 Kendall Cline/Aniela Mojzis (NC) def. #15 Kristi Miller/Alison Silverio (GT) 8-5
2. Dasha Potapova/Lyndsay Shosho (GT) def. #24 Jenna Long/Sara Anundsen (NC) 8-6
3. Whitney McCray/Kelly Anderson (GT) def. Caitlin Collins/Tanja Markovic (NC) 8-1
North Carolina 19-8, 7-3 ACC; National ranking #13
Georgia Tech 16-3, 9-1 ACC; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,1,6,3,4,2)