Julie Wrege was in Atlanta for the Georgia-Georgia Tech dual match Saturday. On a chilly day in front of a large crowd, Wrege watched Georgia come back from a 3-0 deficit to take down the Yellow Jackets. Here's her account:
Fourth-ranked Georgia upended #1 Georgia Tech in an incredible collegiate match. Georgia Tech was without their #2 player Amanda McDowell (nationally ranked # 4) due to a minor injury, so the Tech lineup was altered from their 7-0 defeat of Georgia at the Indoors just 2 weeks ago. And Georgia took full advantage of this alteration.
Tech was fortunate to take the doubles point, winning at #3 and losing #1 -- the point decided by a fantastic finish at the #2 spot. Whitney McCray and Sasha Krupina came back from being down the entire match and 5-7, to win over #21st-ranked team of Yvette Hyndman and Naoko Ueshima 9-7.
Tech went up 2-0 quickly when Maya Johansson defeated Adrienne Elsberry 6-1, 6-4 -- and then Kristi Miller defeated Kelly Hyndman 6-1, 6-2 at #1 singles to set Tech up with a 3-0 lead.
Then freshman Cameron Ellis of Georgia earned Georgia their first point, winning the #5 singles match over Tech freshman Noelle Hickey 6-3, 6-4. This was closely followed by Ueshima wining over #54 Christy Striplin at #4 singles -- and then Georgia freshman Yvette Hyndman evened the score at 3-3 with a three-set victory at No. 2 singles over #21 Whitney McCray.
Just after the Hyndman win, Tech's #30 Kirsten Flower, who had won the first set in a tiebreak, dropped the 2nd set 6-3 to Georgia's #51 Monika Danecevic, setting up the final set for the match for either squad. Flower raced off to leads of 4-0 and 5-2, with Danecevic seeing the trainer at every change for cramps. But she fought through long points to come back for the win 7-5 -- and the victory that gave Georgia its second win over the National Indoor Champions. The last was also over Georgia Tech in 2007 when Georgia upset Tech in dual match play.
For the full results, see the georgiadogs.com website.
Sunday, February 24, 2008