April 8, 2004
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech women’s tennis team (11-6, 4-2 ACC) will conclude its regular season play with a pair of matches in North Carolina this weekend, beginning with a 2:30 p.m. match Friday at 12th-ranked North Carolina and concluding Saturday at 1 p.m. against No. 4 Duke.
The Jackets moved two slots in the rankings this week to 39th in the country, and have a pair of players ranked in the top 75 in singles play. Lyndsay Shosho stands 57th while fellow sophomore Kelly Anderson is ranked 72nd, according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
North Carolina (17-6, 3-3 ACC) has won its last four matches and boast the 28th-ranked singles player in the country in Aniela Mojzis and the 23rd-ranked doubles team in Mojzis and partner Kendall Cline.
“While I think that North Carolina has shown a little bit of vulnerability in the last few weeks, they are a great team,” said Tech head coach Bryan Shelton. “They are ranked 12th in the country so we know that we’re going to have to be on our game to get the win against them.
The Blue Devils enter the weekend with a 16-2 dual-match record and a perfect 6-0 record in ACC play in 2004. Duke are led by a pair of players in Amanda Johnson (No. 9) and Jennifer Zika (No. 92) ranked in singles play and are coming off a home loss to second-ranked Florida.
“Our goal this weekend is to get at least one out of two, and if we can do that then we’ll know that we had a great weekend,” said Shelton. “We have North Carolina first, so we’ll go after them on Friday and then we’ll just let it all hang out when we play Duke. We’ve been close before against them, and we’re just looking to get over that hump. We’ve had a lot of tight matches this year, some have gone our way and some haven’t, but hopefully we’ll figure out a way to get it done.”
Following the match against Duke, the Jackets will return home to prepare for the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, to be held in Raleigh, NC, April 15-18.