Oct. 23, 2010
ATHENS, GA. – The Georgia Tech women’s tennis team struggled on the second day of the 2010 USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championship in Athens on Saturday. Tech senior Sasha Krupina and junior Jillian O’Neill each bowed out of the singles’ main draw, while three Yellow Jackets advanced to the consolation singles’ quarterfinals.
The Yellow Jackets’ Krupina and O’Neill advanced to the round of 16 after Friday’s first day action, but both dropped their first matches on Saturday. Krupina squared off against Georgia’s Cameron Ellis, with Ellis coming away victorious, 7-5, 6-3. After easily advancing in her first two matches, O’Neill was slotted against top-seeded and fifth ranked Allie Will of Florida and O’Neill bowed out after suffering a 6-2, 6-4 defeat.
“It was good to see the way we competed and won after overcoming some adversity yesterday,” head coach Bryan Shelton said. “We continue to work hard and learn what we need to do to be successful.”
The Yellow Jackets’ suffered a similar fate in their round of 16 doubles’ matches. The team of freshmen Rocio Alberca Lopez and Muriel Wacker ground out a tough 9-7 win on Friday, but found themselves on the other end of a 9-7 decision to Miami’s top-seeded duo of Bianca Eichkorn and Anna Bartenstein. The Tech pair of Caroline Lilley and Sasha Krupina fell 8-0 to Florida’s Joanna Mather and Caroline Hitimana.
In the consolation draw, Lilley advanced to the quarterfinals of the consolation draw. The junior from Portland, Ore., topped Central Florida’s Jenna Doerfler 6-0, 6-4, and moved on to Sunday’s consolation quarterfinals after Mercer’s Jennifer Lada forfeited.
Junior Viet Ha Ngo rolled through her two consolation matches of the day. Ngo opened the day with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Stetson’s Shannon Gunning and moved on to the consolation quarters with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Florida Gulf Coast’s Melissa Narzissenfeld. Junior Lynn Blau received a bye in the opening round of the consolation draw and ground out a 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 win over Florida State’s Federica Suess.
Despite dropping the first set, sophomore Elizabeth Kilborn won her consolation first round match 3-6, 6-1, 6-1, before falling to Stetson’s de los Santos in the consolation round of 16. Wacker dropped her first consolation match 6-3, 6-4 to North Florida’s Melanie Aguirre.
Sunday’s action will begin with the consolation singles’ quarterfinals at 11a .m., followed by the singles’ main draw quarters, consolation singles’ semifinals, singles’ main draw semifinals and doubles’ semifinals.
Sunday’s Yellow Jacket matches are as follows:
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