April 23, 2005
Cary, NC – Lyndsay Shosho won a three-set match at No. 5 singles to lift top-seeded Georgia Tech (18-3) to a 4-2 victory against North Carolina (20-9) in the semifinals of the 2005 ACC Championship at the Cary Tennis Center.
The Yellow Jackets will play in their first ACC Championship match in history Sunday at 11 a.m. against the winner of Saturday afternoon’s Miami/Clemson match.
With the victory, the 2005 team set the record for most wins in a season, breaking the previous mark of 17 set in 1989 and 1990.
Tech fell behind 0-1 after dropping the doubles point by losing at the Nos. 2 and 3 positions. North Carolina’s Jenna Long and Sara Anundsen quickly downed the Yellow Jackets’ Dasha Potapova and Lyndsay Shosho, 8-2, at the No. 2 position before Caitlin Collins and Tanja Markovic clinched the point with an 8-6 win over Kelly Anderson and Whitney McCray.
“When our backs have been against the wall this season, we haven’t quit,” said Georgia Tech head coach Bryan Shelton. “The same was true today. We just kept fighting and had that confidence that we could pull out a win. I was very happy with the way that we kept playing today.”
Tech’s 19th-ranked Kristi Miller tied the overall match score at 1-1 with an easy 6-2, 6-1 victory against No. 32 Aniela Mojzis at the No. 1 singles slot before the Tar Heels took a 2-1 lead when No. 25 Kendall Cline downed Potapova, 6-3, 6-1, at No. 2.
The Yellow Jackets’ Anderson, Alison Silverio and Shosho then recorded singles wins at the Nos. 3-5 positions to give Georgia Tech its first birth in the ACC Championship game in history.
“We felt the momentum switch to our favor with Kristi winning so quickly at the top of the lineup,” said Shelton. “And Kelly has just gotten better every time she’s gone out. She came out in the second set rock-solid and disciplined and she just didn’t let Jenna get back into the match, which was huge for us.”
Anderson won 10-8 in a first-set tiebreaker against UNC’s Long at No. 3 singles and easily won her second-set, 6-1, to tie the match at 2-2. Silverio then defeated Anundsen, 6-2, 6-2, at the No. 4 position before Shosho clinched match point for the Yellow Jackets with a come-from-behind victory against Collins at No. 5. After dropping her first set, 3-6, Shosho then battled through her next two sets, winning, 6-2, 6-3, for the fourth and deciding point of the match.
“A dropping the first set, I thought that there was no way I was going down,” said Shosho. “I thought that I still had so much left in me to give, so I came out in the second set and fought from the first point on.
Livestats for Sunday’s match will be available at www.ramblinwreck.com.
Tennis Match Results
North Carolina vs Georgia Tech
Apr 23, 2005 at Cary Tennis Center
Georgia Tech 4, North Carolina 2
1. #19 Kristi Miller (GT) def. #32 Aniela Mojzis (NC) 6-2, 6-1
2. #25 Kendall Cline (NC) def. Dasha Potapova (GT) 6-3, 6-1
3. Kelly Anderson (GT) def. Jenna Long (NC) 7-6 (10-8), 6-1
4. Alison Silverio (GT) def. Sara Anundsen (NC) 6-2, 6-2
5. Lyndsay Shosho (GT) def. Caitlin Collins (NC) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
6. Kacie Anson (GT) vs. Charlotte Tansill (NC) DNF
1. #7 Cline/ Mojzis (NC) vs. #18 Kristi Miller/Alison Silverio (GT) DNF
2. #34 Long/ Anundsen (NC) def. Shosho/ Potapova (GT) 8-2
3. Collins/ Markovic (NC) def. McCray/ Anderson (GT) 8-6
North Carolina 20-9
Georgia Tech 18-3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,2,3,4,5)