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Top-seeded Florida Advances to Semis

May 20, 1996

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Top-seeded Florida advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Women’s Division I Tennis Championships on Sunday with a 5-0 victory over Wisconsin.

The unbeaten Gators (29-0) meet UCLA on Monday. The Bruins upset third-seeded Arizona 5-2 as reigning NCAA singles champion Keri Phebus beat top-ranked Vicky Maes 7-5, 6-3 to improve her record to 28-5.

UCLA lost two regular-season matches to the Wildcats.

In the other semifinal Monday, third-seeded Duke will meet second-seeded Stanford.

Duke needed nearly 6 1/2 hours to defeat defending national champion Texas 5-4. Vanessa Webb teamed with Diana Spadea to win the clinching match over Texas’ Farley Taylor and Cristina Moros, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.

Stanford, which has won eight NCAA championships, advanced to the semifinals for the 14th time in 15 years with a 5-1 win over Notre Dame. Fifteen of the Cardinal’s 25 opponents have been held to one team point or less this season.

The Fighting Irish have been eliminated from the NCAA tournament by Stanford in three of the past four years.

Florida, enjoying a distinct homecourt advantage, has outscored its opponents this season 206-16.

Florida is the last team to go undefeated over an entire season. The Gators took the title in 1992 and ended the season with a 30-0 record.

SEC Player of the Year Jill Craybas, Florida’s No. 1 singles player, recorded her 14th straight victory Sunday, outlasting Wisconsin’s Melissa Zimpfer 3-6, 7-5, 6-2.

Florida’s last four singles players, all ranked among the nation’s top 50, lost a combined total of seven games to Wisconsin.

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