April 2, 2009
ATLANTA – The sixth-ranked Georgia Tech women’s tennis team will host Boston College Saturday afternoon and Maryland Sunday in its final homestand of the regular season. Both matches are scheduled for 12 p.m. at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.
The Yellow Jackets (13-5, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) are currently tied for second place in the ACC and are one win behind Miami, who leads the conference going into the final two weeks of play in the regular season.
“Every ACC match is important as we head toward the ACC Tournament,” Georgia Tech head coach Bryan Shelton said. “Everyone is jockeying for position these last two weeks of the regular season.”
The Jackets have had recent success against both of their opponents this weekend. Tech has won all three matches against Boston College (6-9, 2-6) since the Eagles entered the ACC. The Jackets have defeated Maryland (4-13, 1-6) nine straight times and have not lost to the Terrapins in Atlanta since April 19, 1998.
On Sunday, Shelton and his Yellow Jackets will honor their lone senior, Christy Striplin, with a small ceremony prior to the match. Striplin ranks second in the Georgia Tech record books in singles wins with 110 going into this weekend. She has also registered 65 career doubles wins, which is good for eighth all-time.
“It is always sad yet rewarding experience watching one of our players go through the program,” Shelton said. “I am really proud of Christy for what she has accomplished on the court and in the classroom. She has been a great role model for all our players to see someone compete and graduate in four years. She has set the bar high.”
Georgia Tech will hit the road next weekend when it travels to North Carolina Friday, April 10 and then to Duke on Saturday, April 11. The Jackets will then return to the Raleigh-Durham area the following week for the ACC Tournament in Cary, N.C.
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