Ohio State, Michigan Advance To Women's Tennis NCAA Regional Final

May 15, 2004

NCAA Women's Tennis Tournament, First Round

Ohio State Advances, 4-2, Over Harvard

Ohio State's season continues to Saturday's NCAA Regional Final after the Buckeyes defeated Harvard Friday, 4-2.

Ohio State started the match by winning the doubles point with victories from Lindsay Williams and Meaghan Colville, and Emily DeCamilla and Lindsey Adams. The Buckeyes fell down 1-2 in the match after Harvard clinched two singles points early. But the rebounded with singles wins from Jackie Leskovar, Lindsay Bryan, and Emily DeCamilla to bounce Harvard from the tournament.

The Buckeyes will play Boston University or Kentucky at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday.



Wolverines Clinch NCAA First Round Win

Michigan won the doubles point and three quick singles matches to post a 4-1 victory over No. 46 Denver and advance to the second round in NCAA Regional action Friday in Palo Alto, Calif.

Senior Kavitha Tipirneni clinched the victory for the Wolverines, with a straight set win at the No. 3 singles spot. Down 5-4 in the second set, Tipirneni rallied late in the frame and broke serve in the 12th game to record the win.

Also recording singles victories for Michigan were junior Michelle DaCosta and sophomore Debra Streifler at the No. 1 and No. 6 positions, respectively.

The Wolverines will return to action Saturday for the second round of the NCAA Regional. The Wolverines will face the Quinnipiac/Stanford winner at 3 p.m. PDT.



Illinois Falls to William and Mary in NCAA First Round



The Illini ended their season today after losing to William and Mary, 4-2, in the first round of the NCAA Women's Tennis Tournament. Illinois ends its season 17-6.

Senior Jennifer McGaffigan recorded a point for Illinois with her two-set win at No. 1 singles, while Cynthya Goulet easily defeated her opponent, 6-3, 6-0, at third singles.

Although the team is out of the championship, the season will continue for McGaffigan and Goulet. The two will play together in the doubles competition, and McGaffigan was also selected into the NCAA singles bracket



Indiana Tennis Ousted by Arizona

The Hoosiers lost a tough match against Arizona, 4-2, this afternoon in California. The difference in the game was two, third set tiebreakers at third and fourth singles, where Indiana came up just short.

"It was a great match," head coach Lin Loring said. "We did a great job of winning the doubles point, and the difference in the match were the two tiebreakers at the No. 3 and No. 4 singles positions. We were overpowered at the top, which we knew we would be. Overall, I was pleased with the way our doubles teams played, and the match could have gone the other way had things been different in the tiebreakers."

IU did win the doubles point, after the No. 2 duo of Dora Vastag and Laura McGaffican defeated their opponent, 8-4, while Marina Grimm and Karie Schlukbir won their match, 8-4, at No. 3. Neither doubles team will play next week in the NCAA doubles tournament. However, Indiana's top pair of Linda Tran and Sarah Batty was invited.

Indiana ends its season 17-8.



Badgers Drop Tourney Heartbreaker

Wisconsin suffered a tough first round loss in the NCAA Tournament Friday, falling 4-3 to Tennessee.

The deciding match came at No. 4 singles when Lindsay Martin dropped a tough, three set match to UT's Blakeley Griffith. After losing the first set, Martin battled back to take the second, 7-5. Martin pushed the third set to a tiebreak before falling, 7-2.

The Badgers did win the doubles point after victories by Katie McGaffigan and Martin at first doubles, and Caitlin Burke and Teresa Gonzaga at No. 2. McGaffigan and Martin will play in the national doubles tournament, which begins next week. And, like her sister at Illinois, Katie McGaffigan had earned a spot in the NCAA singles bracket.



Iowa Falls to Notre Dame, 4-1

Iowa ended its season Saturday, in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Hawks finish the year, 14-10.

Iowa's only point of the match came from Kristina Stastny at No. 5 singles, 6-2, 6-2. Notre Dame clinched the win with victories at first, second, and third singles, in addition to taking the doubles point.