Oct. 22, 2010
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech women’s tennis team opened play in the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championship on Friday with a pair of doubles wins and senior Sasha Krupina and junior Jillian O’Neill each advanced to the round of 16 with two singles wins on the day.
The 11th-seeded Krupina bested a pair of Sunshine State student-athletes in the first two rounds. She was able to down North Florida’s Aline Berkenbrock in straight sets, but needed the tiebreak in both, winning 7-6(4), 7-6(3). In the second round, Krupina topped Florida’s Claire Bartlett, 7-6(2), 2-6, 6-3, and will face rival Georgia’s Cameron Ellis in the round of 16 on Saturday.
O’Neill began play as the 14th seed and beat Florida A&M’s Deke Olagbegi, 6-1, 6-3, before moving past Kennesaw State’s Mackenzie Swindall, 6-0, 6-1 in the second round. O’Neill now has the challenge of facing top-seeded and fifth-ranked Allie Will of Florida in the round of 16.
“I’m proud of the way Sasha (Krupina) and Jillian (O’Neill) played today,” head coach Bryan Shelton said. “They worked hard and made it through their first two matches today. Overall, we need to continue to improve and work on our competitive skills.”
Rocio Alberca Lopez was the third Yellow Jacket to advance out of the first round, beating Florida Gulf Coast’s Gyanna Mandic 6-2, 6-1, but was tripped up by Georgia’s Maho Kowase, 6-1, 6-2, in the second round.
The rest of the Tech singles matches weren’t so kind to the Yellow Jackets as Muriel Wacker fell to Miami’s Anna Bartenstein, the fifth seed, 6-3, 7-6(2), Elizabeth Kilborn dropped a 6-4, 6-1 decision to Miami’s Gabriela Mejia and Caroline Lilley lost 6-4, 6-4 to South Florida’s Ecaterina Vasenina. Georgia Tech’s Viet Ha Ngo fell in her opener, 6-1, 6-1, to Georgia’s Alexandra Anghelescu and Lynn Blau came up short against ninth-seeded Jenny Frisell of Central Florida.
In the morning session, the doubles team of Lopez and Wacker defeated Georgia Southern’s Ali Beavers and Paola Garrido 9-7, while the Tech duo of Lilley and Krupina downed Florida International’s Christine Seredni and Lisa Johnson, 8-5. Lopez and Wacker will face the top-seeded and 16th ranked pair of Bianca Eichkorn and Anna Bartenstein of Miami in the second round. The fourth-seeded team of Lilley and Krupina will square off with Florida’s Joanna Mather and Caroline Hitimana in the round of 16.
The Tech team of Blau and Ngo fell to eighth-seeded Federica Suess and Francesca Segarelli of Florida State, 8-5, in the first round of doubles action. The final Yellow Jackets’ doubles team of O’Neill and Kilborn suffered a hard-fought 9-8(7-1) loss to Miami’s Gabriela Mejia and Kayla Rizzolo in their opening match.
Saturday’s Yellow Jacket matches are as follows:
Lopez/Wacker vs. #1 seed Eichkorn/Bartenstein (Miami)
Lilley/Krupina vs. Mather/Hitimana (Florida)
Muriel Wacker vs. Melanie Aguirre (North Florida)
Elizabeth Kilborn vs. Genevieve Lorbegs (Central Florida)
Caroline Lilley vs. Jenna Doerfler (Central Florida)
Viet Ha Ngo vs. Shannon Gunning (Stetson)
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