ATHENS, Ga. -- The 10th-ranked Texas women's tennis team upset fifth-ranked Georgia Tech, 4-3, in the NCAA Championships Round of 16 on Thursday afternoon at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the University of Georgia campus. The Longhorns lost the doubles point, but rallied in singles to tie the match at 3-3 before sophomore Petra Dizdar (Split, Croatia), ranked 54th nationally, recorded a 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 upset victory over 12th-ranked Kristi Miller at No. 1 singles to clinch the victory for Texas. The Longhorns improved to 23-5, while the Yellow Jackets ended their season at 21-4.
Texas, the No. 11 seed in the NCAA tourney, will face No. 3 seed Kentucky in the quarterfinals on Friday, May 20 at 2 p.m. (Central). The Wildcats (26-5) advanced out of the Round of 16 after defeating No. 14 seed Tulane, 4-1.
"Losing the doubles point really takes the wind out your sails," Texas head coach Jeff Moore said. "But this team has proven that they can come back in singles and they did it again today. We look forward to playing Kentucky (in the quarterfinals). We just need to remain focused and continue to take one match at a time."
Georgia Tech opened the match with a win at No. 1 doubles where the 17th-ranked duo of Kristi Miller and Alison Silverio topped Texas' 28th-ranked tandem of juniors Katie Ruckert (Vienna, Va.) and Kendra Strohm (Tucson, Ariz.), 8-3. The Longhorns then posted an 8-5 win at the No. 2 position where Dizdar and junior Mia Marovic (Split, Croatia) defeated Tech's Dasha Potapova and Lindsay Shosho. In the deciding match on court No. 3, junior Kelly Baritot (Allison Park, Pa.) and freshman Courtney Zauft (San Antonio, Texas) were ready to close out the match at 7-6, but Georgia Tech's Kelly Anderson and Whitney McCray won the next three games and clinched the doubles point with the 9-7 victory.
The Yellow Jackets increased their advantage over the Longhorns to 2-0 after they won the first singles match of the afternoon at No. 3 where 84th-ranked Strohm fell to Anderson, 6-0, 6-3.
Texas battled back and took the lead with three straight-set singles victories at Nos. 2, 4 and 6. Ruckert outscored Silverio 6-4, 6-1 at the fourth position, while 92nd-ranked Marovic topped Potapova 6-4, 6-3 at the second. Sophomore Ristine Olson (Missoula, Mont.) also contributed with her 7-5, 6-3 win over Kacie Anson at the bottom of the lineup.
Georgia Tech then evened the score at 3 apiece with Shosho's 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Zauft at the fifth position.
The final point was decided at the top of the singles lineup where Dizdar split the first two sets before Miller's shot sailed long at match point in the decisive third set, giving Texas the win.
#10 Texas 4, #5 Georgia Tech 3
Singles (Order of finish: 3, 4, 2, 6, 5, 1)
1. Petra Dizdar (UT) def. Kristi Miller (GT) 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
2. Mia Marovic (UT) def. Dasha Potapova (GT) 6-4, 6-3
3. Kelly Anderson (GT) def. Kendra Strohm (UT) 6-0, 6-3
4. Katie Ruckert (UT) def. Alison Silverio (GT) 6-4, 6-1
5. Lindsay Shosho (GT) def. Courtney Zauft (UT) 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
6. Ristine Olson (UT) def. Kacie Anson (GT) 7-5, 6-3
Doubles (Order of finish: 1, 2, 3)
1. Miller/Silverio (GT) def. Ruckert/Strohm (UT) 8-3
2. Dizdar/Marovic (UT) def. Potapova/Shosho (GT) 8-5
3. Anderson/McCray (GT) def. Kelly Baritot/Zauft (UT) 9-7