Georgia Tech Wins First ACC Women's Tennis Championship
April 24, 2005
CARY, N.C. - The top-seeded Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets captured their first ACC Women's Tennis Championship on Sunday afternoon downing second-seeded Miami, 4-3 in a hard fought match that lasted over four hours. Sophomore Alison Silverio of Georgia Tech was named Tournament Most Valuable Player after recording a perfect 4-0 mark during the championship, while providing the match clinching doubles and singles point in Sunday's championship final.
Georgia Tech and Miami exchanged doubles victories at the third and second flights, respectively. At number three, the Yellow Jacket duo of Kelly Anderson and Whitney McCray downed Patricia Starzyk and Caren Seenauth, 8-5 while Miami's Megan Bradley and Staci Stevens defeated Dasha Potapova and Lyndsay Shosho, 8-2 at flight number two. Georgia Tech would clinch the doubles point as teammates Silverio and Kristi Miller won 9-7 over Audrey Banada and Melissa Applebaum to give the Yellow Jackets a 1-0 advantage.
In singles action, Miami would go up 3-1 as the Hurricanes posted victories at the first, fifth and sixth flights. At number one, Megan Bradley posted a 6-3, 6-4 win over Miller. The Hurricanes' Audrey Banada (6-1, 6-1) and Emily Mowery (6-2, 6-0) each gave up just two games en route to straight set victories over Lyndsay Shosho and Kacie Anson, respectively. The Yellow Jackets evened the score at three apiece as Potapova downed Stevens, 6-2, 7-5 and Anderson defeated Applebaum, 7-6, 6-1. Then all eyes were focused at the fourth spot as Silverio and Starzyk would battle to a third and decisive set. Miami's Starzyk claimed the first set 7-5, before Silverio answered with a 6-4 win in set two. In the third set, Silverio would get an early break and never look back winning the set 6-2 to give the Yellow Jackets' their first-ever ACC Tennis Championship.