Georgia Tech captures first NCAA women's tennis title

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia Tech rallied past UCLA to capture the women's NCAA tennis championship with a 4-2 victory Tuesday night.

Senior Alison Silverio clinched the title with her 7-5, 5-7, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles over UCLA's Tracy Lin.

It was Georgia Tech's first women's tennis title. UCLA had also been seeking its first NCAA title. Georgia Tech had the support of hundreds of rooters on the campus of archrival Georgia.

After UCLA claimed the doubles point, Tech evened the match when Amanda McDowell dispatched UCLA's Ashley Jolson 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4 singles.

UCLA reclaimed the lead when Yasmin Schnack defeated Amanda Craddock at No. 3 singles, 6-3, 6-1.

Tech's Kristi Miller, the nation's sixth-ranked collegian, won at No. 1 singles over Riza Zalameda, 6-3, 7-6 (3) and at No. 5, Tech's Christy Striplin defeated Alex McGoodwin 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.

UCLA's Elizabeth Lumpkin had a big lead at No. 6 over Tarryn Rudman, but could not close out the match before Silverio clinched the title.

UCLA lost in its fifth trip to the NCAA finals. Georgia Tech had never advanced past the round of 16 before this season.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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