Oct. 31, 2009
ATLANTA – Irina Falconi and Lynn Blau earned singles wins for Georgia Tech Saturday in its exhibition matchup against the United States Tennis Association Girls Junior National Team. The Yellow Jackets were honored to have the opportunity to play the nation’s best juniors as it was one of only three teams selected for this exhibition series.
“What a great experience for our team to be able to host the US Jr. National Team,” head coach Bryan Shelton said. “I was impressed with how well we were able to compete. I want to thank the USTA for including in this exhibition series. These juniors have a bright future.”
Falconi, a sophomore from Jupiter, Fla., upended Lauren Davis, 6-4, 6-3. Davis, who hails from Gates Mills, Ohio, is the nation’s top-rated sophomore and holds an impressive 78-5 record in junior play. Blau needed three sets to defeat Kyle McPhillips, 7-6, 3-6, 6-2. McPhillips, who is Willoughby, Ohio native, is the No. 4 sophomore in the nation and ranks second in the Great Lakes region behind only Davis.
In doubles, the Yellow Jackets team of Falconi and Sasha Krupina fell to Lauren Herring and Grace Min, 8-5 on court one. Herring is the top-rated junior in the Southeast region. On court two, Monica Turewisz and Chanelle Van Nguyen defeated Blau and Hillary Davis, 8-6. Turewisz is the No. 2 junior in the nation and Van Nguyen ranks as the No. 3 sophomore.
The Yellow Jackets return to action next weekend when they travel to the UNC Fall Tournament Nov. 6-8. Falconi will be the Yellow Jackets lone representative at the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, which begins Thursday Nov. 5 in New Haven, Conn.
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1. Herring/Min, USA def. Falconi/Krupina, GT, 8-5
2. Turewicz/Van Nguyen, USA def. Blau/Davis, GT, 8-6
Order of Finish: 1, 2
1. Irina Falconi, GT def. Lauren Davis, USA, 6-4, 6-3
2. Lauren Herring, USA def. Sasha Krupina, GT, 6-4, 7-5
3. Lynn Blau, GT def. Kyle McPhillips, USA, 7-6, 3-6, 6-2
4. Breaunna Addison, USA def. Hillary Davis, GT, 6-0, 6-4
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3, 4