Tech’s 2007 national championship women’s tennis team looks back on its achievement 10 years later
2008 ITA All-American Doubles Champion
2008 ITA National Player of the Year
2008 Honda Award for Tennis
2008 NCAA Singles Champion
2008 All-American (singles)
2008, '09 All-ACC
2008, 2009 USTA Pro Circuit Team
2008 US Open participant
2007 NCAA All-Tournament Team
2007 ITA Scholar Athlete
2007, '08, '09 All-ACC Academic Team
2007, '08, '09 ACC Honor Roll
General: General: Talented player with excellent quickness on the tennis court ... Perhaps the most dependable player to compete for Bryan Shelton since his arrival at Georgia Tech ... Led the Yellow Jackets in singles wins in her first two seasons at Tech ... A back injury limited her during her final season on the Flats.
Named the 2008 ITA National Player of the Year and recipient of the 2008 Honda Award for Tennis after capturing the NCAA Singles title ... Is the only female student-athlete in school history to earn the distinction of national player of the year ... Earned All-America and All-ACC honors for the first time in her career in 2008 ... Two-time member of USTA Pro Circuit Team (2008, 09) ... Member of the 2007 NCAA All-Tournament Team after guiding the Yellow Jackets to the NCAA Title ... An ITA Scholar Athlete and member of the All-ACC Academic Team and ACC Honor Roll all three seasons at Tech.
Set the school record for singles victories in a season with 45 in 2008 ... Also holds the fifth-best mark in school history after recording 39 singles wins her freshman year ... Her 25 dual-match wins in 2007 ranks second all-time ... Her 116 career singles wins ranks third in Tech's career record books ... Her .753 (116-38) winning percentage in singles is good for third all-time in the Yellow Jacket career annals ... Has the fourth-best single-season winning percentage with a 45-8 (.849) record in 2008.
2009-10: Limited due to a lingering back injury ... Returned to play doubles during the NCAA Tournament, clinching the doubles point with an 8-3 win (with Lynn Blau) over Carolin Weikard and Yuki Nakamura of Austin Peay in the first round ... Registered a 7-4 overall singles record but did not return to the singles court after retiring from a match on Feb. 28 at Northwestern ... Won five of her first six matches in the dual-match season ... Recorded a 4-2 overall doubles mark ... Teamed with Irina Falconi to beat No. 2 Mari Andersson and Jana Juricova of Cal in the Round of 16 at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships.
2008-09: After a slow start during the spring, finished with her second straight All-ACC nod and won 14 of her final 17 singles matches of the season ... Participated in second straight NCAA Singles Championships and first career NCAA Doubles Championships ... Ranked as high as No. 10 in the nation during the spring season ... Recorded 14 wins over ranked opponents ... Teamed with Lynn Blau during the spring for a 10-6 dual-match doubles record ... Helped Tech to its fifth straight NCAA Round of 16 appearance ... Won her second straight national title when she teamed with Irina Falconi to win the Riviera/ITA All-American doubles title ... The duo defeated the preseason No. 1, No. 3, No. 8, No. 17, No. 21 and No. 36 teams en route to the championship ... Finished with a 9-3 doubles record in the fall ... In singles, reached the singles consolation finals of the ITA National Indoor Championships ... Registered singles wins over four players ranked in the top 25 ... Recorded a fall singles record of 7-4 ... Ranked No. 3 in the South Region in singles and No. 2 in doubles (with Irina Falconi) at the end of the fall season ... Named to All-ACC Academic team and ACC Honor Roll.
2007-08: Began her sophomore season by winning nine-straight singles matches, and 17 of her first 18, before ending the year on a 15-0 run en route to a school-record 45 singles wins and the NCAA Singles title ... Posted a 22-6 singles record against ranked opponents, went 19-5 in dual matches and had an 8-3 singles record vs. conference foes ... Went 17-3 in the No. 2 singles position ... Won the ITA South Region Championships in the fall by defeating teammate Kristi Miller in straight sets ... Advanced to the semifinals of the ITA All-American Championships with wins over No. 8 Georgia Rose of Northwestern, No. 30 Csilla Borsanyi of Florida and No. 14 Laura Vallverdu of Miami before falling to fourth-ranked Susie Babos of California ... Also had a quarterfinal appearance at the ITA National Indoor Championships ... All five of her dual-match losses came to opponents ranked among the top-35 in the nation ... Last singles loss came April 2 ... Of her last 15 wins, 13 came in straight sets, including each of her last four in the NCAA Singles Championships ... Came back after losing her first set in the NCAA Singles Championships, 1-6, to win the next two, 7-6 (2), 6-1, before cruising to the first individual national title in Georgia Tech women's tennis history ... Went 45-8 in singles and 13-7 in doubles ... Reached as high as No. 2 in the country in the singles rankings before ending the year ranked No. 7.
2006-07: Recorded a season-best 39 singles wins in addition to 11 doubles victories during the season ... Ranked as high as No. 74 during the season before ending the year at No. 90 in the singles polls ... Finished the season by winning her last 11 singles matches, 10 of which came in straight sets ... Posted a remarkable 25-4 record in dual matches, including a 16-3 mark at the No. 4 singles position ... Clinched the Jackets' 4-3 win over No. 13 North Carolina with a 2-6, 7-6, 6-4 win over Sara Anundsen ... Also clinched Tech's win over No. 10 UNC in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament ... Stopped Miami's Romy Farah, 6-1, 6-1 in the championship match of the ACC Tournament, helping Tech to its third-straight conference title ... Defeated Kelcy Tefft, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1, to win the deciding match in the Jackets' NCAA Quarterfinal victory over 7th-ranked Notre Dame ... Dropped just four games in her last two NCAA matches, downing No. 89 Stephanie Kusano of Cal, 6-3, 6-0 in the NCAA Semifinals before breezing past UCLA's 107th-ranked Ashley Joelson, 6-1, 6-0 in the championships ... Went 13-5 in her first fall campaign, advancing to two tournament singles finals while earning a consolation title ... Advanced to the finals of the Rice Invitational in her first collegiate event ... Earned the consolation title in her next event, posting a 5-1 record at the Wilson/ITA South Region Championships ... Defeated No. 120 Romy Farah of Miami en route to an appearance in the finals of her third tournament, the Desert Collegiate Classic ... Posted a 6-4 doubles record on the season, with her top appearance coming when she and Christy Striplin advanced to the finals of the Kitty Harrison Invitational in the last tournament of the fall ... Participated in the 2008 U.S. Open, losing her opening round qualifying match 6-1, 6-1 to Julie Coin of France.
High School/Junior Tennis: A tennisrecruiting.net five-star recruit ... Ranked the No. 4 player in Georgia, 13th in the Southeast and 38th in the nation according to the final rankings on tennisrecruiting.net ... Reached as high as No. 37 in the tennis recruiting rankings ... A four-year member of the Marist School tennis team, where she played No. 1 singles and served as the captain for one season under Frank Kissel ... Helped Marist to four state championships to extend the school's state championship streak to 11-straight, which is a state record ... Earned a top-10 national ranking in 2004, when she was rated the No. 4 player in the Girls' 16 and under age division ... Member of the National Honor Society and National French Honor Society.
Personal: Full name is Amanda Mariam McDowell ... Born September 2, 1987 ... Daughter of Tim and Nelu McDowell ...Has four siblings ... Father played baseball at Davidson College ... Enjoys traveling, spending time with friends, writing, listening to music and shopping in her spare time ... Lists graduating from Marist with honors as her most memorable nonathletic accomplishment ... Majoring in economics and international affairs at Georgia Tech and anticipates becoming a lawyer upon graduation.
Amanda McDowell's Career Statistics
SINGLES DOUBLES Year Dual Overall Dual Overall 2006-07 25-4 (.862) 39-10 (.796) 4-1 (.800) 11-6 (.647) 2007-08 19-5 (.792) 45-8 (.849) 9-3 (.750) 13-7 (.650) 2008-09 14-10 (.583) 25-16 (.610) 13-13 (.500) 23-18 (.600) 2009-10 6-3 (.667) 7-4 (.636) 2-0 (1.000) 4-2 (.667) Totals 64-22 (.744) 116-38 (.753) 28-17 (.622) 51-33 (.607)