Arizona State’s McKenna Crowned Champion at Riviera/ITA Women's All-American
Georgia Tech Duo Captures Doubles Title
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Arizona State’s Kelcy McKenna claimed the singles title while the Georgia Tech team of Irina Falconi and Amanda McDowell were crowned doubles champions Sunday at the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships at the Riviera Tennis Club. This event is the first of three national championship events during the 2008-09 collegiate tennis season.
McKenna, who entered the tournament ranked 20th in the 2008-09 ITA Preseason Rankings, continued her remarkable run with a 6-4, 6-3 straight set victory over Fani Chifchieva of Auburn. By claiming the Riviera/ITA All-American title, she extended her winning streak to nine matches, with her last loss dating back to September 20.
McKenna’s road to victory began with an opening round win over Catherine Newman of Vanderbilt 6-5, 7-5. The sophomore followed this performance with a huge upset in the second round by taking out top-seeded Auralija Miseviciute of Arkansas, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4. Her quarterfinals victory came at the hands of Laura Vallverdu of Miami (FL), a doubles semifinalist, by a score of 6-2, 7-5 (5). In Saturday’s semifinal match against sixth-seeded Maria Mosolova, she dropped the first set 0-6, but was able to fight back to win the second set 7-5 before grinding out a thrilling third set 7-6 (4).
The title is the second in three years for Arizona State at the event as Kady Pooler and Roxanne Clarke captured the doubles title in 2006 after defeating Catrina and Christian Thompson of Notre Dame, 8-4.
Georgia Tech’s doubles tandem of Falconi and McDowell defeated eighth-seeded Renata Kucerkova and Anastasia Petukhov of Fresno State, 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-4. Despite entering the championships ranked No. 30 in the ITA Preseason Rankings, McDowell, the 2008 ITA National Player of the Year and her partner Falconi steamrolled through the doubles draw that included an 8-3 victory over top-seeded Melanie Gloria and Tinesta Rowe of Fresno State in the quarterfinals before defeating the No. 3 seed team of Melissa Mang and Amanda Granson of Duke, 6-2, 7-5 in the semifinals.
For the second straight year, Georgia Tech placed a doubles team in the final as Kristi Miller and Whitney McCray were defeated by Caitlin Whoriskey and Zsofia Zubor of Tennessee by a score of 7-5, 6-3 in last year’s All-American final.