May 17, 2005
ATLANTA – The fifth-ranked Georgia Tech women’s tennis team, the No. 6 seed in the 2005 NCAA Championships, will face the 11th-seeded Texas Longhorns in the NCAA Round of 16 this Thursday at 3 p.m. at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the campus of the University of Georgia.
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The Yellow Jackets enter their first “Sweet-16” in women’s tennis with a 21-3 record this season, which is a new season-high in victories, breaking the previous mark of 17, which was set in 1989 and 1990.
Georgia Tech defeated Winthrop and Pepperdine by 4-0 scores in the Atlanta Regional to advance to the championship round as one of three Atlantic Coach Conference teams still participating in postseason play. The 12th-seeded Clemson Tigers and No. 13 North Carolina Tar Heels will also compete in Athens this weekend. Tech is now 6-5 in NCAA play, having participated in every NCAA Tournament from 2000-05.
In 2005, the Yellow Jackets have recorded 19 wins over ranked opponents, including seven against teams that are currently ranked in the top-25 after recording just eight victories against teams in the top-75 a season ago.
The Yellow Jackets have had a season of firsts, including earning its first ACC regular-season and tournament championship, earning a national seed in the NCAA Tournament, and tying the mark for highest ranking ever by a women’s sports team at Georgia Tech when they were No. 4 in the nation in late April.
Tech has also garnered several individual awards this season, including having the first player in Georgia Tech women’s tennis history to earn All-America honors when rookie Kristi Miller did so by earning one of the top-16 seeds in the upcoming NCAA Individual Singles Championship. Miller joins sophomore Alison Silverio as the first doubles team to ever be selected to represent the Yellow Jackets in the NCAA Individual Doubles Championship and she also earned the ITA South Region Rookie of the Year and ACC Rookie of the Year honors while earning one of three all-ACC honors by the Yellow Jackets this season, with the other two players being Silverio and senior Dasha Potapova.
Should the Yellow Jackets advance, they would face the winner of the Kentucky-Tulane match Friday at 3 p.m. at the Dan Magill Tennis Center. Livestats for all matches in the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships will be available by clicking LIVESTATS