Sept. 4, 2002
ATLANTA — Four of Georgia Tech’s all-time great women’s tennis performers, Bobbi Guthrie, Kristy Kottich, Leigh Roberts and Jaime Wong were among the 52 members of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s 50th Anniversary team announced on Wednesday by the conference office in Greensboro, N.C. The league will be naming top-50 teams for each of its 25 sports as part of the conference’s golden anniversary celebration.
The first Tech player on the list is Guthrie, who competed for the Yellow Jackets from 1997-2001. A three-time ACC Flight Champion, Guthrie earned All-ACC honors in 1998 after capturing the No. 3 singles title. She won the No. 3 singles crown in both 1998 and 1999, along with the No. 2 doubles title in 1999 with partner Tamarra Jenkin. Guthrie holds or is tied for four Georgia Tech records, including singles wins in a season (30), doubles win in a season (23), single-season winning percentage (.857, 1998) and doubles wins in a career (74). A solid student-athlete, Guthrie was a three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll selection.
Joining Guthrie on the list is Kristy Kottich, who was a standout for the Yellow Jackets from 1988-1991. Kottich is one of only three players in school history to earn All-ACC honors twice, earning the distinction in 1989 and 1991. She was Tech’s first ACC singles champion, as she won the 1989 No. 3 singles championship. Kottich ranks fourth in school history in career singles winning percentage (.590) and second in career doubles winning percentage (.621). She is tied for fifth in career singles wins with 59 and helped lead Tech to three-straight winning seasons from 1988-90, along with a fourth-place ACC finish in 1990.
The third Yellow Jacket on the list is Leigh Roberts, who played at Tech from 1987-90. Along with Kottich, Roberts is one of only three players in school history to earn All-ACC honors twice, garnering that distinction in 1988 and 1989. She won the 1988 ACC No. 1 doubles championship with partner Kim Tatum, becoming the only Yellow Jackets ever to win the No. 1 doubles title. Roberts ranks among the top 10 in dual match singles win in at season (19, t-5th), single-season doubles winning percentage (.703, 5th), doubles wins in a season (19, t-7th), singles wins in a career (56, 9th) and doubles wins in a career (50, t-6th).
The fourth member of the team is current Tech senior standout Jaime Wong, who was the only active player selected to the 50th anniversary team. Wong joins Kottich and Roberts as the only players in school history to be earn All-ACC accolades twice, garnering the honor in both 2000 and 2001. She captured the 2000 ACC No. 4 singles title, en route to earning All-ACC honors for the first time. Wong is currently Tech’s career leader in singles winning percentage at 76-37, .672, and tied the school record for singles wins in a season in 2001 with 30 victories. She is second on the school’s list for doubles wins in a season (22) and ranks third in both singles and doubles wins in a career with 76 and 60 respectively.