May 11, 2002
LEXINGTON, KY – The 22nd-ranked Georgia Tech women’s tennis team dropped the doubles portion of the match and fought hard in singles play, but was unable to rally in dropping a 4-1 decision to host Kentucky in the NCAA Regional Final in Lexington, Ky. The Wildcats hosted the event at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Center and advance to face the winner of the match between Stanford and Pepperdine in the round of 16 next weekend in Palo Alto, Calif.
“I’m very proud of the way that our team played today and of the great effort that they gave,” said Tech head coach Bryan Shelton. “Kentucky is a very good team and they had certainly prepared for this match and played very well. I don’t think you can take anything away from our team however. I think we could have let a lot of matches get away quickly, but we fought back and hung in those matches.”
The Yellow Jackets (15-10) were unable to record a victory in doubles play, as Tech’s tandem of Mysti Morris and Sekita Grant fell to the Wildcats’ (18-8) team of Lauren Rookledge and Leigh Bradwell by an 8-4 score at No. 2. Amy Trefethen and Jill Buckley defeated the Jackets’ team of Laura Ozolins and Fallon Koon by an 8-4 score at No. 3. Tech had match point at No. 1 doubles with Jaime Wong and Mason Miller leading 16th-ranked Sarah Witten and Carolina Mayorga by a 7-4 score when the match was halted.
In singles action, Sekita Grant was Tech’s lone winner on the day as she picked up her second-straight win at No. 6 singles. Grant had little problem with Kentucky’s Leigh Bradwell, earning a straight-set, 6-0, 6-4 victory. The Jackets split sets in four other matches, but were unable to pick up the needed wins. The Wildcats clinched the match at No. 4 singles, as Amy Trefethen defeated Mason Miller in a tight match that went three sets. Trefethen won the first set by a 6-1 score, but Miller rallied in the second to claim a 7-5 win, it was Trefethen who had the better of the third set, claiming the decisive 6-3 victory.
“This was a fun season and I think it was a great season for our program,” said Shelton. “I think when we look back in 10 years or so, we will say that this was the team that really got our program over the hump. Our team and our program is certainly ready to advance to the round of 16 and we know what it’s like to be in this situation. It was a great season and I know those players that are leaving will be successful in whatever they do and we are very excited to have the players that we have coming back for next year.”
The Yellow Jackets have now finished the team portion of their season, but junior Jaime Wong will compete in the NCAA Singles Championships in Palo Alto, Calif., when they get under way on May 20. Full tournament coverage is available at www.ncaachampionships.com.
#17 KENTUCKY 4, #22 GEORGIA TECH 1DOUBLES1. Wong/Miller (GT) vs. Witten/Mayorga (K), DNF2. Rookledge/Bradwell (K) d. Morris/Grant (GT), 8-43. Trefethen/Buckley (K) d. Ozolins/Koon (GT), 8-4
SINGLES 1. Jaime Wong (GT) vs. Carolina Mayorga (K), DNF 2. Sarah Witten (K) d. Mysti Morris (GT), 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 3. Catherine Gunn (GT) vs. Lauren Rookledge (K), DNF 4. Amy Trefethen (K) d. Mason Miller (GT), 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 5. Jill Buckley (K) d. Laura Ozolins (GT), 6-2, 6-1 6. Sekita Grant (GT) d. Leigh Bradwell (K), 6-0, 6-4