Stanford-Notre Dame, Duke-Texas to Meet Sunday
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Defending national champion Texas outlasted William & Mary 5-4 Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Championship.
The match, played in 90-degree heat, lasted 6 hours, 28 minutes.
It was much easier for top-seeded Florida, which routed Oklahoma State 5-0. The Gators (28-0) have held the opposition scoreless in 17 of 28 matches this season.
In other first-round action, UCLA beat Vanderbilt 5-3, Arizona beat Mississippi 5-0, Duke took Southern Cal 5-2, Notre Dame defeated Brigham Young 5-0 and Stanford beat Clemson 5-1. In a late match, Wisconsin outlasted Wake Forest, 5-3.
In Sunday’s quarterfinals, second-seeded Stanford meets Notre Dame and third-seeded Duke takes on Texas. Florida meets Wisconsin and fourth-seeded Arizona meets UCLA.
Florida’s Lisa Pugliese, ranked 33rd nationally, increased her singles record to 37-4 with a match-clinching victory over Oklahoma State’s Carolina Hadad.
Stanford is seeking its eighth NCAA championship. On Saturday, the Cardinal got a big boost from No. 3 singles player Sandra De Silva, who downed Annie Trepanier 6-0, 6-0. Stanford lost its only match at the No. 1 spot when Clemson’s Sophie Woorons beat Ania Bleszynski 6-3, 7-6.
Third-seeded Duke, which won its ninth straight Atlantic Coast Conference title, stretched its winning streak to 14 with the victory over Southern Cal.
Duke’s top singles player, freshman Vanessa Webb, beat Susie Italiano 6-2, 6-2. She improved her record to 47-9, extending the school record for wins in a freshman season.
Fourth-seeded Arizona, led by the nation’s no. 1-ranked player, Vicky Maes, advanced to the second round for the eighth consecutive year.
In UCLA’s win over Vanderbilt, defending singles champion Keri Phebus of UCLA defeated 25th-ranked Meredith Chiles, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.