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Tech Begins Strong on Day One of Riviera/ITA All-American Championships

Oct. 1, 2005

LOS ANGELES, Calif – Third-seeded Kelly Anderson, fourth-seeded Tarryn Rudman and unseeded Lyndsay Shosho all won two singles matches on day one of Prequalifying to remain alive at the 2005 Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships, which began Saturday in Los Angeles, California.

The Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships is the first of three national collegiate tennis championships this season, and the fall’s premier hard court event features the top players in NCAA Division I tennis. The Oct. 6-9 main draw of the tournament is preceded by two sets of qualifying tournaments. The 64-player, 32-doubles team prequalifying tournament is this weekend (Oct. 1-2) at UCLA, and four players and doubles teams will advance from there to the Oct. 4-5 64-player qualifying tournament at Riviera, where eight players and four doubles teams will advance to the main draw.

Anderson, ranked 102nd in the nation in singles, defeated Washington’s Tara Simpson, 6-0, 6-4, to advance to a second-round matchup Saturday afternoon with Texas standout Courtney Zauft, whom she defeated 7-6 (2), 6-4. The Pietermaritzburg, South Africa native will play Notre Dame’s Christian Thompson at 9 a.m. Sunday for the right to advance to the Qualifying round.

No. 103 Rudman, a transfer from Mississippi State University, downed Natalia Kostenko of the University of the Pacific, 6-3, 6-0 before defeating Wake Forest’s Christian Tara, 6-1, 6-2. She will face the winner of Saturday afternoon’s matchup between UCSB’s Marielle Gruenig and Boston College’s Dasha Cherkasov at 9 o’clock Sunday morning.

Shosho, a senior from East Amherst, NY, will face Atlantic Coast Conference standout Clelia Deltour of Duke at 9 a.m. Sunday after winning 6-0, 6-1 in her first round match against Pepperdine’s Eva Dickes and defeating the tournament’s No. 10 seed, Maryori Franco of Arkansas, 6-4, 7-5 in the second round. Deltour is the No. 1 seed in the Prequalifying tournament.

Freshman Christy Striplin, playing in her first collegiate tournament, won her first match, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 against Cal Poly’s Samantha Waller before falling to Purdue’s Randi Schuler, 2-6, 4-6.

The Yellow Jackets’ doubles teams of sixth-seeded Anderson and Striplin as well as No. 7 seed Shosho and Rudman were each scheduled to play doubles matches Saturday afternoon, but results were not available at the time of this release.

Complete results for the tournament can be found at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s website, www.itatennis.com and updated draws will be posted throughout the day at www.edraws.com/ita while results for all Georgia Tech competitors will be posted at www.ramblinwreck.com at the end of each day’s competition.

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