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Tech's Rudman Advances on Day Two of Riviera/ITA All-American Championships

Oct. 2, 2005

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Fourth-seeded Tarryn Rudman defeated Dasha Cherkasov of Boston College by a score of 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the Qualifying Tournament at the 2005 Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships, which began Saturday in Los Angeles, California.

The junior from Johannesburg, South Africa went a perfect 3-0 in the Prequalifying Tournament with wins over Pacific’s Natalia Kostenko and Wake Forest’s Christian Tara on Saturday before defeating Cherkasov Sunday morning.

The Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships is the first of three national collegiate tennis championships this season, and the fall’s premier hard court event features the top players in NCAA Division I tennis. The Oct. 6-9 main draw of the tournament is preceded by two sets of qualifying tournaments. The 64-player, 32-doubles team prequalifying tournament was this weekend (Oct. 1-2) at UCLA, with four players and doubles teams advancing to the Oct. 4-5 64-player qualifying tournament at Riviera, where eight players and four doubles teams will advance to the main draw.

In other singles action on Sunday, Lyndsay Shosho fell to the No. 1 seed, Clelia Deltour of Duke, 6-4, 6-1, while Kelly Anderson, the tournament’s No. 3 seed, lost 3-6, 2-6, to Notre Dame’s Christian Thompson.

After both doubles teams from Georgia Tech advanced to the Round of 16 Saturday, Anderson and rookie Christy Striplin via walkover and Rudman and Shosho by winning, 8-5, against UCSB’s duo of Marielle Gruenig and Chelsea Glynn, the two teams could not move past the quarterfinals, which would have placed them in the qualifying bracket.

Anderson and Striplin, the No. 6 seeded duo, won their first match Sunday against the Arkansas duo of Maryori Franco and Karina Ledaja, 9-8 (7), but fell to the tournament’s No. 2 seed of Dinka Hadzic and Tara Simpson of Washington, 8-5, in the quarterfinals. The Jackets’ seventh-seeded Rudman and Shosho easily defeated Nebraska’s Imke Reimers and Milena Schulz-Gartner, 8-1 in the Round of 16 but fell to Oregon’s Dominika Dieskova and Ana Cecilia Olivos, the top seed in the prequalifying tournament, in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (5).

All-American Kristi Miller earned a bye in both the prequalifying and qualifying rounds, and the eighth-ranked singles player will begin competition in the main draw of singles on the sixth of October. Miller is one of at least 12 players that will be making their first appearance in the tournament’s main draw and the first player from Georgia Tech to ever compete in the main draw at All-Americans. She has also earned a bye with her doubles partner, 2005 ACC Tournament MVP Alison Silverio, and the nation’s fifth-ranked duo is scheduled to begin play in the main draw Oct. 6.

Complete results for the tournament can be found at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s website, www.itatennis.com and updated draws will be posted throughout the day at www.edraws.com/ita while results for all Georgia Tech competitors will be posted at www.ramblinwreck.com at the end of each day’s competition.

Georgia Tech in the Prequalifying Tournament:

Singles-Round of 64

No. 3 Kelly Anderson (GT) def. Tara Simpson (Washginton), 6-0, 6-4

No. 4 Tarryn Rudman (GT) def. Natalia Kostenko (Pacific), 6-3, 6-0

No. 16 Christy Striplin (GT) def. Samantha Waller (Cal Poly), 4-6, 6-1, 7-5

Lyndsay Shosho (GT) def. Eva Dickes (Pepperdine), 6-0, 6-1

Singles-Round of 32

No. 3 Anderson (GT) def. Courtney Zauft (Texas), 7-6 (2), 6-4

No. 4 Rudman (GT) def. Christian Tara (Wake Forest), 6-1, 6-2

Shosho (GT) def. No. 10 Maryori Franco (Arkansas), 6-3, 7-5

Randi Schuler (Purdue) def. No. 16 Striplin (GT), 6-2, 6-4

Singles-Round of 16

No. 4 Rudman (GT) def. Dasha Cherkasov (Boston College), 6-2, 6-2

Rudman advances to the Qualifying Round, beginning October 4th.

Christian Thompson (Notre Dame) def. No. 3 Anderson (GT), 6-3, 6-2

No. 1 Clelia Deltour (Duke) def. Shosho (GT), 6-4, 6-1

Doubles-Round of 32

No. 6 Anderson/Striplin (GT) advanced via walkover

No. 7 Rudman/Shosho (GT) def. Gruenig/Glynn (UC Santa Barbara), 8-5

Doubles-Round of 16

No. 6 Anderson/Striplin (GT) def. Maryori Franco/Karina Ledaja (Arkansas), 9-8 (7)

No. 7 Rudman/Shosho (GT) def. Imke Reimers/Milena Schulz-Gartner (Nebraska), 8-1

Doubles-Quarterfinals Dinka Hadzic/Tara Simpson (Washington) def. No. 6 Anderson/Striplin (GT), 8-5 Dominika Dieskova/Ana Cecilia Olivos (Oregon) def. No. 7 Rudman/Striplin (GT), 9-8 (5)

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