ATLANTA — University of Notre Dame women’s tennis head coach Alison Silverio has been named to the Sports Hall of Fame at her alma mater, Georgia Tech. Silverio helped lead the Yellow Jackets to the 2007 NCAA team title as a senior, winning the clinching match in the national final.
A member of Georgia Tech’s first and only NCAA Championship team, Silverio closed out her Yellow Jacket career by winning the clinching match at the No. 2 position for Tech’s 4-2 victory over UCLA in the championship match in Athens in 2007, and earning the NCAA Championship MVP honor in the process. Along the way, Silverio helped defeat her current program in the quarterfinals, as her straight-set win over Notre Dame’s Christian Thompson gave the Yellow Jackets a 3-1 lead in what would ultimately become a 4-2 win.
The 2007 team captain earned All-ACC honors in 2005 and 2007. She also received the ITA Region Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship in 2007, the ITA Region Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship in 2006 and the ACC Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship in 2007. She helped lead Tech to three ACC Championships (2005, 2006, 2007), and earned MVP honors in the 2005 championship, winning the clinching match for Tech. Twice a member of the ACC All-Academic team and an ITA Scholar-Athlete, Silverio ranks fifth in Tech’s all-time record book in doubles wins in a season with 29 in 2004-05 and 2005-06, is fourth in career singles wins with 106 and third in career doubles wins with 98.
Silverio has been a head coach on the Division I level the last five years, the first four years at Oregon and now at Notre Dame. This season, the Fighting Irish reached the second round of the ACC Championship and posted a 13-12 overall record. Junior Zoe Spence finds herself among the ITA’s nationally ranked singles players at No. 70, while Spence and sophomore Cameron Corse make up the ITA’s 45h-ranked doubles pairing.
The class will be inducted on Friday, Oct. 4 at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center before being honored during GT’s home football game against North Carolina on Saturday, Oct. 5.