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Yellow Jacket Freshmen Shine in Georgia Tech Invitational

ATLANTA – Georgia Tech and UAB continued to dominate play on the final day of the Georgia Tech/Holiday Inn Midtown North Invitational.

UAB added a championship in Singles Flight A on Sunday to the doubles championships it recorded n Flights A and B yesterday. UAB senior Mirela Vladulescu, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, faced freshman teammate Margaux Melsheimer in the Flight A championship. Vladulescu, who defeated Georgia Tech sophomore Jaime Wong in the semifinals, topped Melsheimer, 6-4, 6-3.

Georgia Tech’s freshmen claimed victories in their first collegiate tournament. Kristen Roberson defeated Georgia State senior Ana Kolar, 6-1, 6-1, in the Flight B championship to conclude a very successful tournament. The Hollister, Calif., native also teamed with Wong to win the Doubles Flight C championship on Saturday.

Freshman Fallon Koon also started off her collegiate career with a singles championship in the Georgia Tech Invitational. The Columbia, S.C., native defeated junior teammate Laura Ozolins, 2-6, 7-5, 10-6, in the Flight C championship.

“I’m proud of both of the freshmen,” Georgia Tech head coach Bryan Shelton said. “They competed and they did the things we asked of them. There’s no substitute for winning. It becomes a habit.

“I felt we played pretty well this weekend,” Shelton said. “We’ve only been at it for about a month. I saw some good things and also saw some red flags. I think the team realized some things about themselves. That’s the whole purpose of the fall tournaments. Everything is done to prepare for the spring. We get some information from these tournaments. It’s how we use that information that determines how we improve before the spring. Overall I think we’re further along than last year at this point. I’m optimistic and excited to get better in the next few months.”

In other matches, Georgia Southern freshman Anna Wilander won the Flight A singles consolation and teammate junior Brooke McNamee claimed the Flight B consolation final. Georgia State junior Jovana Kriskapa defeated UNC Greensboro freshman Krisden Adamson, 6-1, 6-1, to win the Flight C consolation final.

Georgia Tech competes in the Tennessee Fall Classic Oct. 6-8.

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