Schmitt Defeats Georgia Tech's McCray to Advance to NCAA Second Round


Junior Kellie Schmitt (55th) advanced to the NCAA Singles Second Round Competition.

Junior Kellie Schmitt (55th) advanced to the NCAA Singles Second Round Competition.

May 21, 2008

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TULSA, Okla. - Marshall University's 55th-ranked junior Kellie Schmitt (Pittsburgh, Pa.) defeated Georgia Tech's No. 51-ranked Whitney McCray, Wednesday, in the NCAA Singles Competition Round of 64 at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center, on the campus of the University of Tulsa. The Thundering Herd's Schmitt is the lone Conference USA singles player representative in the NCAA Singles Competition.

"It is exciting to get this first round win against a tough player," Schmitt said. "My hard work paid off and this win has also helped to improve my confidence."

Schmitt will advance to the NCAA Singles Round of 32 where she will challenge the 12th-ranked Megan Moulton-Levy from William and Mary. The time for this match will be set later this evening.

"I am very proud of Kellie for the win and making adjustments to her game after the tough first set loss," Marshall's Head Coach John Mercer added. "It came down to mental toughness at the end and I am proud of her for getting it done."

Schmitt and Moulton-Levy faced-off back in October at the ITA East Regional Championship Semifinal Round where Moulton-Levy defeated Schmitt, 6-1, 6-0.

Also Thursday, the 28th-ranked doubles team of Schmitt and Karolina Soor (Lindesberg, Sweden) will face the top seeded and No. 7-ranked duo Amanda Granson and Melissa Mang from Duke University in the Round of 32. The time for this match will also be set later this evening. The Herd's pair will also be the lone C-USA doubles team representative in the NCAA Doubles Competition.

All matches shall be best of three sets. Regular scoring and a 12-point tiebreaker at six games will be used for all matches.

For further updates on the 2008 NCAA Championships, visit www.ncaa.com. Live streaming of all matches can be found at http://tulsahurricane.cstv.com/sports/m-tennis/spec-rel/tuls-08-tennis-central.html and then click "Live Scoring & Live Video" found on the right sidebar.