Feb. 13, 2010
MADISON, Wisc. – The Yellow Jackets picked up three singles victories Saturday afternoon but the ninth-ranked Georgia Tech Women’s Tennis team (5-2) dropped a 4-3 decision to No. 13 Tennessee (5-1) at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
“Our team is seeing what it takes mentally and physically to be successful at this level,” head coach Bryan Shelton said. “We are a young team, but we will continue to get better.”
For the second straight day, the Yellow Jackets struggled in their doubles matches, getting swept by Tennessee. The Volunteers tandem of Maria Sorbello and Katie Lee would clinch the point with an 8-4 win over Tech’s Elizabeth Kilborn and Lynn Blau on court three.
Trailing the Vols 1-0, Amanda McDowell tied the match up with a three-set victory over Rosalia Alda at No. 3 singles. The lone senior on the Yellow Jackets came from behind to earn a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 win.
Tennessee regained its lead as Jennifer Meredith held of Blau, 7-6, 7-6 at the fifth singles position. The Jackets fell behind 3-1 when No. 6 Caitlin Whoriskey upset No. 1 Irina Falconi, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4. It is only the second loss in 2009-10 for Falconi and first in the dual-match season.
Kilborn brought the Jackets back within one point after cruising past Lee, 6-2, 6-0, at the No. 6 spot in the lineup.
The Jackets had a chance to tie the match on court two but No. 51 Maria Sorbello would come from behind to defeat No. 66 Sasha Krupina, 5-7, 6-2, 6-3, and end Tech’s chances of capturing its first match of this season’s Indoor Championships.
Sophomore Viet Ha Ngo earned the Jackets third singles win of the day when she finished off Zsofia Zubor, 6-3, 7-5, at No. 4 singles.
The Yellow Jackets will close out competition at the 2010 ITA National Team Indoor Championships against host Wisconsin Sunday at 10 a.m. ET.