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Tech Opens Season with Home Tournament this Weekend

Sept. 17, 2008

ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech women’s tennis team will open its 2008-09 campaign this weekend when it hosts the Georgia Tech Invitational at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.

The Yellow Jackets will face opponents from Georgia, Arizona State and Princeton in the three-day flighted tournament, which begins Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday’s matches will get underway at 9:30 a.m., while Sunday’s will commence at 9 a.m.

Georgia Tech, who finished the 2008 season ranked sixth in the nation, won its second straight National Women’s Indoor title and reached the quarterfinal round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament.

“I am really excited to see us compete, especially our four freshmen,” head coach Bryan Shelton said. “This will be their first college experience and I want to see how they deal with the pressures of a live match.”

Junior Amanda McDowell, who is the reigning NCAA Individual Champion, leads a roster that includes senior Christy Striplin and sophomores Noelle Hickey and Sasha Krupina. Tech also welcomes four freshmen – Lynn Blau, Hillary Davis, Irina Falconi and Viet Ha Ngo – to its roster.

“We are going to be facing some the best competition in the country this weekend,” Shelton added.

Georgia reached the round-of-16 at the 2008 NCAA Championships. The Bulldogs fell to Arkansas, 4-2, and finished the season ranked eighth.

Arizona State, which closed out the season ranked 23rd in the ITA polls, also played in the 2008 NCAA Tournament, falling in the second round to Fresno State, 4-1.

Princeton, who has the No. 1 ranked recruiting class in the nation, opened its 2008-09 season by hosting the Princeton Invitational last weekend.

Results for all matches will be posted on following the conclusion of doubles and singles each day.

Parking Advisory – Due to Saturday’s football game, parking around the Bill Moore Tennis Center will be permit only. Parking for the Georgia Tech Invitational will be available for pay in the North Deck lot on the Georgia Tech campus and in the Lanier parking lot on the corner of 10th St. and West Peachtree St.

Directions to Lanier parking lot:
From Tennis Center – Right on 10th St.; left on West Peachtree St.; left into lot.

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