May 8, 2003
LOS ANGELES – The Georgia Tech women’s tennis team will begin its fourth NCAA Championship appearance on Friday at 1 p.m. EST, by facing Cal Poly in the first round of the NCAA Regional at the David X. Marks Tennis Center in Los Angeles, Calif. The University of Southern California is hosting the event.
The Yellow Jackets (13-6) will be looking to snap a three-match winless streak when they square off with the Mustangs (20-6). Tech is 2-3 in its three previous trips to the NCAAs and has advanced to the regional final on two occasions, including a year ago against Kentucky, after winning a first-round match-up with Michigan in Lexington, Ken. The Jackets will be facing Cal Poly for the first time in school history and a potential match-up with either the host Trojans (19-5) or Sacramento State (16-7) would be the first ever meeting.
Throughout the year, senior Jaime Wong and freshman Kelly Anderson have led Tech. Wong earned a berth in the NCAA singles championship for the second-straight year in 2003, while Anderson became the first Yellow Jacket to earn ACC Rookie of the Year honors, after posting a 13-5 record in the spring. Wong leads the team with 25 overall singles wins and 22 doubles victories. She is Tech’s career leader in singles (101) and doubles (82) wins and singles winning percentage (.697).
After the Jackets and Mustangs meet at 1 p.m. EST, UCS and Sacramento State with square off at 5 p.m. EST, with the winners meeting on Saturday at 5 p.m. EST for the right to advance to the round of 16. The University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla. will host the final rounds of the NCAA Championship, beginning next week. A full recap of Tech’s match will be available at www.ramblinwreck.com. Full NCAA information is available at www.ncaasports.com.