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    Slow Start For Hoosiers At Georgia Tech Invitational

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    October 23, 1998

    Slow Start For Hoosiers At Georgia Tech Invitational

    Atlanta, GA--The Hoosiers began competition today in the Georgia Tech Invitational with singles and doubles action. The tournament which takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, involves four singles and two doubles flights. Indiana players are competing against opponents from Iowa, Baylor, Mississippi State, North Carolina State, Rice, Georgia and Georgia Tech. The Hoosiers started off slow, but came on at the end in doubles play.

    In singles action, Junior Zahra Ahamed and sophomore Kelly Blanch played in the flight A singles bracket. Ahamed had a rough first day losing both of her matches, first to Clemson's Cecilia Hincapple 3-6,6-2,6-2 and then to Amelie Detriviere of Mississippi State 3-6,6-1,6-2. Blanch won her first match against Zoe Mellis from Georgia by default, before losing to Ivana Belancic of Mississippi State 6-2,6-3. In the flight B, junior Jessica Anderson lost North Carolina State's Francie Barragan 6-2,6-4, and then received a bye into the third round of the constellation side. Freshman Amanda Field, also playing in the flight B lost to Rice's Justyna Godzowska 7-5,3-6,7-5, before bouncing back to defeat Katrina Gildemeister of North Carolina State 6-3,5-7,6-3. In flight C, sophomore Ana Ceretto swept both her matches, first knocking off Baylor's Catherine Alain 6-1,7-5, then beating Megan Kearney of Iowa 6-1,7-5. Freshman Karie Schlukebir, also playing in Flight C, split her two matches, losing the first one to Elmeare Sloan of Mississippi State 6-3,7-5, before coming back to win the second 4-6,6-2,6-1.The Hoosiers had three players in flight D round robin play and all three players won both of their matches. Senior Kelly Fitzgerald defeated Sarah Wedgworth of Georgia Tech 6-3,6-1 and then defeated Baylor's Christie O'Meara 6-0,6-1. Sophomore Jennifer Hsia defeated Baylor's O'Meara 6-1,6-3, then knocked off Georgia Tech's Wedgworth 6-3,6-1. Freshman Ann Poosuthasee, first defeated Iowa's Jessica Landes 6-4,6-4, then defeated North Carolina State's Kate Mason 6-0,6-0.

    The Hoosiers played a little better in doubles today. In flight A, Ahamed and Fitzgerald lost to Georgia's Zoe Mellis and Christa Grey 8-6. Blanch and Schlukebir defeated Georgia Tech's Sybi Parker and Laura Ozolins 8-5. In flight B, Anderson and Field defeated Kristen Nichols and Kate Mason of North Carolina State 8-4. Also in flight B, Ana Ceretto and Jennifer Hsia defeated Baylor's Lauren Kingsriter and Claudia Aguilar 8-0.

    The Hoosier's continue play tomorrow from Atlanta, Georgia, with action in both singles and doubles. The singles action will continue with the third round of play, while the doubles teams will play in the second and third rounds.

    Coach Lin Loring, "We played a little better as the day went on, We have a lot of depth , but we are not as strong at the top. We played a lot better in doubles then we did in singles."

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