April 20, 2002
RALEIGH, N.C. – The 22nd-ranked Georgia Tech women’s tennis team could not recover after dropping the doubles point and fell to top-seeded Duke by a 4-2 score in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship semifinals on Saturday morning. The four-day tournament is being contested at the Millbrook Exchange Tennis Center in Raleigh, N.C.
The Yellow Jackets (14-9) dropped a pair of doubles matches to open the day, but were unable to rally past the Blue Devils (23-3) in singles action. Tech’s No. 1 doubles tandem of Mason Miller and Jaime Wong fell to Duke’s Kelly McCain and Hillary Adams by an 8-3 score, while the Jackets’ No. 3 team of Fallon Koon and Catherine Gunn lost to Katie Granson and Susie Abromeit by an 8-2 count.
In singles play, the Jackets picked up a pair of wins, as Mason Miller downed Ioana Plesu at No. 4 in straight sets. Miller won a tight first set by a 7-5 score and then cruised to a 6-2 second-set victory. Sophomore Sekita Grant was Tech’s other winner on the day, capturing her match at No. 6 singles over Katie Granson in straight sets. Grant won the first set by a 6-2 score and then held on to capture a 7-5 victory in the second set. The Blue Devils picked up wins at Nos. 1, 3 and 5 singles to clinch the match.
Tech will now await the NCAA Championships selection show on May 2 to hear if it will earn at large bid into the event. Duke will face the winner of the match between North Carolina and Wake Forest in the ACC Championship match tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. Full tournament coverage is available at www.theacc.com.
#4 DUKE 4, #22 GEORGIA TECH 2DOUBLES1. McCain/Adams (D) d. Miller/Wong (GT), 8-32. Johnson/DeRoo (D) vs. Morris/Grant (GT), DNF3. Granson/Abromet (D) d. Koon/Gunn (GT), 8-2
SINGLES 1. Kelly McCain (D) d. Jaime Wong (GT), 6-2, 6-1 2. Amanda Johnson (D) vs. Mysti Morris (GT), DNF 3. Julie DeRoo (D) d. Catherine Gunn (GT), 6-1, 7-5 4. Mason Miller (GT) d. Ioana Plesu (D), 7-5, 6-2 5. Saras Arasu (D) d. Laura Ozolins (GT), 6-1, 6-0 6. Sekita Grant (GT) d. Katie Granson (D), 6-2, 7-5