Texas 4, Georgia Tech
Texas 4, Georgia Tech 3May 19, 2005
ATLANTA -- Petra Dizdar held off 12th-ranked Kristi Miller's third-set comeback to give 11th-seeded Texas a 4-3 win over No. 6 Georgia Tech Thursday in the Round of 16 at the NCAA Tournament. With the win, Texas will advance to face the winner of Kentucky-Tulane, while the Jackets' season ends with a 21-4 record.
Dizdar won her first set at No. 1 singles, 4-6, but then quickly fell behind Miller in set No. 2, as the rookie All-American evened the match at 1-1 with a 6-1 set victory. Dizdar then broke Miller early in the third set and held off the surging freshman to clinch match victory for the Longhorns with a 6-4 mark in the final set.
Tech took a 1-0 lead in the match when the Jackets' No. 3 doubles team broke the Longhorns' duo of Kelly Baritot and Courtney Zauft at 7-7, before winning match point on a service ace by Whitney McCray, 9-7. The Jackets also got a win from Miller and Alison Silverio at the No. 1 position, as the 17th-ranked duo downed Texas' Katie Ruckert and Kendra Strohm, 8-3.
Anderson made the score 2-0 in favor of the Yellow Jackets with an easy 6-0, 6-3 win over Strohm at No. 3 singles, but the Longhorns then won three-straight singles matches to take their first match lead at 3-2. Tech's Lyndsay Shosho then set up the No. 1 slot for the match win when she came back to defeat Zauft, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 at the No. 5 position.
The Jackets end their best season in history, winning a record-21 matches and posting an .840 winning percentage, another season mark. Miller will continue play in the NCAA Individual Singles Competition, which begins Monday morning at 9 a.m., and she will be joined by Silverio in the NCAA Individual Doubles Tournament, which begins Tuesday afternoon.
Texas 4, Georgia Tech 3
Georgia Tech Head Coach Bryan Shelton
Give Texas credit. They didnt go anywhere after they dropped the doubles point. They kept competing throughout the match. My hats off to Jeff [Moore] and his team. Unfortunately we didnt carry the momentum of the doubles win into our early singles play. I think we tried to force it too much early and we mightve needed to bring the margins in a little instead of being so agressive early. Its like we kept waiting to get some winners and return to the form weve had all year.
I was proud that Kristi [Miller] hung tough and battled back. It was just unfortunate that she had to come back from so much distance at the end. 5-2 down is hard to comeback from against a top competitor like Petra [Dizdar], but I dont think of Kristi as a freshman anymore. Shes an All-American and one of the best in the country. I expect her to get it done next time.
Im not satisfied. Yes, we had a heck of a run. It was a lot of fun, at least until today. Theres no exact explanation for why we lost but Ill tell you this: Texas came out today and they had something to say about it. Theyre a conference champion, too. Being here is great, but theres always somebody else out there on the other side. Youre not the only one with something to say about it on the day. I felt like we had a team to advance today. Its no fluke that were the No. 6 seed and theyre the No. 11 seed. Youve just got to believe when youre out there. If were in this same situation next year Id bet on us to pull it out.
Georgia Techs Kristi Miller
About a close line call overule that gave her oppenent a 40-30 lead at 5-4 in the third set:
It was a close call. Obviously I saw it in. Sometimes things dont go your way. I wish I could say it didnt affect me mentally but obviously in the score theres a big difference between being one point away from 5-5 as opposed to one point away from a loss.
It was frustrating because I wanted to clinch it for my teammates. I couldnt ask for a better atmosphere with battling back and all the fans and my teammates supporting me. It was great I just wish I couldve come through for them.
Texas Head Coach Jeff Moore
We had control of the doubles point with Petra (Dizdar) and Mia (Marovic at No. 2). We were up at No. 3 but Georgia Tech played some awesome games. Losing the doubles point does take the wind out of your sails, but this team has shown it can come back from that.
(at No. 5 singles) Sometimes Coutney (Zauft) is bothered by the off-pace balls. (Lyndsay) Shosho played her well. You have to give (Shosho) credit for closing that out.
The important thing now, from experience, is to get focused on the next team and get rest. They come up really quick one after the other as you advance and they can sneak up on you.
#11 TEXAS def. #6 GEORGIA TECH, 4-3
1. Kristi Miller and Alison Silverio-17 (GT) def. Katie Ruckert and Kendra Strohm-28 (UT), 8-3
2. Petra Dizdar and Mia Marovic (UT) def. Dasha Potapova and Lyndsay Shosho (GT), 8-5
3. Kelly Anderson and Whitney McCray (GT) def. Kelly Baritot and Courtney Zauft (UT), 9-7
Georgia Tech wins the doubles point.
1. Petra Dizdar-54 (UT) def. Kristi Miller-12 (GT), 6-4,1-6,6-4
2. Mia Marovic-92 (UT) def. Dasha Potapova (GT), 6-4,6-3
3. Kelly Anderson (GT) def. Kendra Strohm-84 (UT), 6-0,6-3
4. Katie Ruckert (UT) def. Alison Silverio (GT), 6-4,6-1
5. Lyndsay Shosho (GT) def. Courtney Zauft (UT), 2-6,6-2,6-3
6. Ristine Olson (UT) def. Kacie Anson (GT), 7-5,6-3
-- Georgia Tech