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Georgia Tech Doubles Team Crowned Champions at All-American Championships

October 16, 2008 08:00 AM
Irina Falconi and Amanda McDowell of Georgia Tech were crowned doubles champions at the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. This event is the first of three national championship events during the 2008-09 collegiate tennis season.

Georgia Tech's doubles tandem of Falconi and McDowell defeated eighth-seeded Renata Kucerkova and Anastasia Petukhov of Fresno State, 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-4. Despite entering the championships ranked No. 30 in the ITA Preseason Rankings, McDowell, the 2008 ITA National Player of the Year, and her partner Falconi steamrolled through the doubles draw, which included an 8-3 victory over top-seeded Melanie Gloria and Tinesta Rowe of Fresno State in the quarterfinals, before defeating the No. 3-seeded team of Melissa Mang and Amanda Granson of Duke, 6-2, 7-5, in the semifinals.

For the second straight year, Georgia Tech placed a doubles team in the final, as Kristi Miller and Whitney McCray were defeated by Caitlin Whoriskey and Zsofia Zubor of Tennessee by a score of 7-5, 6-3 in last year's All-American final.

Arizona State's Kelcy McKenna claimed the singles title. The second national championship of the 2008-09 season is the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in Charlottesville, Va., Nov. 6-9.




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