Irina Falconi, the nation’s top-ranked player, cruised through her first-round match in the NCAA Women’s Singles Championship in Athens, dispatching Vanderbilt’s Jackie Wu, 6-4, 6-1. Falconi, a sophomore, hasn’t lost since Feb. 13.
“It was a good start, but I still have a few matches to go,” Falconi said in a statement. “I knew she [Wu] would be a tough opponent.”
Falconi will play Northwestern’s Samantha Murray on Thursday.
Guillermo Gomez defeated Moritz Baumann in three sets, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.
Softballer Jen Yee was named one of three finalists for the U.S.A. Softball Player of the Year Award.
The other two are UCLA’s Megan Langenfeld and Washington’s Danielle Lawrie.
The American Softball Association will announce the winner on June 1.
Yee is the first Tech player to be a finalist for the award. She reached base safely in all 62 games this season and leads the nation in batting average (.568), on-base percentage (1.270), runs score (93) and walks (88). She also hit 29 home runs and stole 21 bases.
Other Tech blogs today:
Favors live and in person: http://blogs.ajc.com/georgia-tech-sports/2010/05/26/derrick-favors-video/?cxntfid=blogs_georgia_tech_sports
Robinson delivering for Jackets: http://blogs.ajc.com/georgia-tech-sports/2010/05/26/robinson-delivering-for-tech-baseball/
Falconi’s unusual path to No. 1: http://www.ajc.com/sports/georgia-tech/falconis-unusual-path-to-535236.html