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An In-depth Look at Georgia Tech Tennis

March 25, 2008 02:42 PM

The Georgia Tech tennis program is one of the top tennis programs in the country. The women’s team is ranked No. 2 in the nation and is currently the defending NCAA National Champions and the current NCAA Indoor National Champions. Two players on the eight player roster are ranked in the top ten in the nation. The men’s team is ranked No. 41 in the nation and has added a very strong freshman class.

All-American senior, Whitney McCray, is a dominate doubles player. She is currently the career record percentage (.639) record holder for the Yellow Jackets. The Georgia native set the single-season record for highest doubles winning percentage (.810) in a season. Whitney is ranked No. 39 in the nation in singles and No. 14 in the nation with doubles partner Kristi Miller.

Senior Scott Blackmon is a strong player for the Yellow Jackets. The Florida native played the entire 2007 season. He finished the season with a 5-5 singles record and he reached round-of-32 at ITA Wilson Mideast Championship.

Newcomer, Sasha Krupina is looking to make a big impact for the Georgia Tech women’s team. The 6’1” freshman from Russia has a big game and is a welcome addition to the team

The men’s team added Eliot Potvin to this year’s roster. The freshman from Maine won his first collegiate match over Furman and closed out the fall season with a double semi-final win over Georgia 8-3.

Noelle Hickey is one of the Yellow Jackets bright young stars. The freshman from New Jersey, was named a Blue Chip recruit by tennisrecreuting.net. In her first collegiate fall season, she posted a 7-3 singles record and 6-4 in doubles. In her last fall tournament Hickey made it all the way to the singles final at the Seminole Invitational.

Another freshman making a big impact for the Yellow Jackets is Maya Johansson. It didn’t take long for the French International player to acclimate to the Georgia Tech Tennis program. Johansson started the season out very strong, winning her first 12 singles matches and finished the fall season with a 15-3 singles record. Johansson is ranked 4th regionally in singles and No. 14 in doubles.

There’s much to say about the next player, Kristi Miller. The senior from Michigan is not only driven to succeed on the court but off the court as well. Miller is the No.1 player for the Yellow Jackets and is ranked No. 6 in the nation in singles and in doubles Miller holds the No. 14 spot with partner Whitney McCray and No. 16 with partner Kristen Flowers. Kristi Miller is the most decorated women’s tennis player in Georgia Tech history. The three-time All Conference Honoree has received an arsenal of awards such as the 2005 ACC Rookie of the Year award, 2006 MVP of the ACC Championship, the 2006 Honda Award for tennis as well as five All American honors. Miller was also the first Tech player to earn a No.1 singles ranking and the first women’s tennis All-American. Off the court the History, technology and Society Major is currently interning at the State Capitol for Representative Bill Hembree.

Sophomore, Kirsten Flower, was a part of the 2007 NCAA title team and become only the second freshman in school history to compete in the NCAA Singles Championships. The Ohio native has been ranked as high as No. 18 in the nation. She is currently ranked No. 32 in the nation with a 19-8 singles record and a 15-8 doubles record.

Guillermo Gomez has made an immediate impact on the men’s team. The freshman from Spain almost didn’t have the opportunity not only to play at Georgia Tech, or continue his tennis career. When he was younger Gomez had a hole between the chambers of his heart that cause his heart to beat at an excessive rate. After a successful surgery to correct the problem Gomez has come back in full swing. He finished the fall season with a 10-3 singles record and he won the GA Tech Fall Tournament and reached the quarterfinals of the ITA/Wilson Mideast Region Championships. Gomez is ranked No. 72 in the nation and is looking to climb his way up the ranks.

Another player on the men’s team who almost didn’t get the opportunity to continue his tennis career is Doug Kenny. The Georgia native broke his back in 7th grade while playing flag football. The break eventually healed, but the muscles in his lower back never healed properly. Doctors told him that he might not be able to run again, but Doug didn’t let that stop him from pursuing his passion in tennis. Now the tenacious freshman is on the court and contributing to the success the men’s team is having this year. Kenny finished the fall season with a 7-6 record and he reached the round of 16 at the Southern Intercollegiate Championship and the quarterfinals of the GA Tech Fall Tournament.

Christy Striplin is as artistic on the court as she is off. The junior from Alabama is an avid painter and drawer, but her creativity on the court really gets her noticed. Striplin graduated high school one year early and jumped right in the women’s line up. She is currently ranked No. 79 in the nation in singles and she has been ranked as high as 27 in the nation.

Amanda McDowell is one of the women’s strongest players. The sophomore from Atlanta was a major contributor to Tech’s NCAA Championship Title. McDowell finished last season with 11 straight wins plus she set a school record with 25 dual match wins. McDowell finished this fall ranked No. 1 in the ITA All-American Championship and she is currently ranked No. 4 in the nation and has been ranked as high as No. 2.

The coaches and all the staff involved with Georgia Tech tennis program have made it possible for the athletes to excel and experience the best collegiate tennis has to offer. Not only does the program bring in the top athletes from around the country, but also gives them the opportunity to grow as players in hopes that one day they will continue their professional careers.

 

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