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Georgia, Georgia Tech Claim National Titles

May 23, 2007 01:34 PM

It was an exciting day for the state of Georgia and the Southern Section on Tuesday, May 22 as the University of Georgia men’s tennis and the Georgia Tech University women’s tennis teams captured the NCAA Division I Team Championship titles in Athens at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. It was the fifth national title for the Georgia Bulldogs and the first ever NCAA title won by the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets!

Georgia opened the day of action against Illinois and took an early 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point with victories at courts two and three. In singles, the Bulldogs continued to dominate and took a 3-0 lead once Greensboro, NC. native and nationally-ranked No. 1 John Isner topped No. 5 Kevin Anderson in two sets, 6-7, 7-6(7-1). With three other courts in the third set, 35th ranked Matic Omerzel had taken the first set 7-6 on the fourth court and decided the match with a second set victory. He topped Illinois’ Ruben Gonzales 6-1 giving Georgia the 4-0 victory, the 32-0 undefeated season record, the NCAA title and the right to celebrate.

For the evening match, Georgia Tech faced UCLA and had to battle to the title after falling behind early 2-1. Tech dropped the doubles and an early singles point but earned its first point when Atlanta native Amanda McDowell defeated the Bruins’ Ashley Joelson at the No. 4 spot. It was her 10th straight victory, remaining undefeated in the NCAA tournament to earn a spot on the all-tournament team. The Yellow Jackets climbed back on top 3-2 once 5th ranked Kristi Miller topped Riza Zalameda in straight sets at the No. 1 spot followed by Birmingham, AL native Christy Striplin’s victory at No. 5 over UCLA’s Alex Goodwin 4-6, 6-1, 6-2. With UCLA leading on Court 6, Tech’s Alison Silverio decided the outcome with a three set victory over Tracy Lin 7-5, 5-7, 6-1 giving the Yellow Jackets the 4-2 victory and its very first national championship in any sport.

"I just couldn't be happier," said Tech Head Coach Bryan Shelton, whose team won its 21st straight match to finish the season at 29-4. "We fought our tails off.”




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