April 18, 2005
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech’s women’s tennis team will open the 2005 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship as the No. 1 seed, as announced by the league office Monday afternoon. The Yellow Jackets, ranked eighth in the country, will face the winner of the No. 8 Florida State/No. 9 Virginia match Friday at 9 a.m. at the Cary Tennis Center in Cary, N.C.
The winner of the Tech/FSU-UVa match will advance to the first semifinal match, which will take place Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Cary Tennis Center, and will face the winner of the No. 4 UNC/No. 5 Maryland match, which will be contested following the conclusion of the Yellow Jackets’ contest Friday.
Miami enters the tournament as the No. 2 seed with the same conference record as the Yellow Jackets, and is followed by Clemson, North Carolina, Maryland, Wake Forest, Duke, Florida State, Virginia, NC State and Virginia Tech.
Georgia Tech is coming off a weekend where it lost to 16th-ranked Duke, 4-3, but defeated 13th-ranked North Carolina, 5-2.
The Yellow Jackets enter the weekend with an overall record of 16-3 and a conference mark of 9-1 in 2005. After never finishing higher than the No. 4 seed for the season-end tournament, the Yellow Jackets recorded their highest number of conference wins en route to their No. 1 seeding.
Tech holds a 4-16 record against Florida State and stands at 9-14 vs. the Virginia Cavaliers after defeating both teams earlier this season.
According to the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings, Yellow Jacket freshman Kristi Miller is 14th and senior Dasha Potapova is 115th in the nation in singles, while Miller and sophomore Alison Silverio combine to form the country’s 15th-ranked doubles team.
The Yellow Jackets have never advanced to the championship match in the tournament, and have only advanced past the first round on four occasions. Overall, since 1990, the Yellow Jackets are 4-15 in the championship.
Georgia Tech owns five players that have registered 20 or more singles wins this season–Miller (37-8), Silverio (25-9), Lyndsay Shosho (23-10), Dasha Potapova (22-10) and Kelly Anderson (20-15). Four players have reached the 20-win plateau in doubles action this season–Miller (25-12), Silverio (25-15), Anderson (23-11), and Potapova (21-8).
Miller’s 37 singles victories this season is a new single-season record for Georgia Tech, while the 25 doubles wins by Miller and Silverio sets the mark for most doubles victories in a single-season as a Yellow Jacket. Schedule for the Tennis Championship
Thursday, April 21
#8 Florida State vs. #9 Virginia, 9 a.m.
#7 Duke vs. #10 NC State, 12 noon
#6 Wake Forest vs. #11 Virginia Tech, 3 p.m.
Friday, April 22
Gm 4: #1 Georgia Tech vs. 8/9 Winner, 9 a.m.
Gm 5: #4 North Carolina vs. #5 Maryland, 12 p.m.
Gm 6: #2 Miami vs. 7/10 Winner, 3 p.m.
Gm 7: #3 Clemson vs. 6/11 Winner, 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 23
Game 4 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner, 10 a.m.
Game 6 Winner vs. Game 7 Winner, 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 24
Championship Game: Winner of Saturday’s Games, 11 a.m.