Laura Granville Ties NCAA Women's Tennis Record For Consecutive Wins
Feb. 16, 2001
MADISON, Wisc. - Stanford sophomore Laura Granville won her 57th straight match tonight at the USTA/ITA National Women's Team Indoor Championships at the University of Wisconsin's A.C. Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
Granville beat Southern California's Jewel Peterson 6-0, 6-2 at No. 1 singles tonight to tie Patty Fendick-McCain's record while at Stanford in 1986-87. Granville and top-ranked Stanford advanced to tomorrow's semifinals after beating No. 9 USC 7-0 today.
'I'm really trying not to think about it at all because this tournament is a really big team competition - the second biggest, the NCAAs are the biggest,' Granville said of possibly breaking the record tomorrow night. 'I am just concentrating on winning every match for the team so we can advance and get to the final (on Sunday).'
Fendick-McCain is coaching Washington this week in Madison and was on hand to congratulate Granville after the win.
'I always said if it couldn't be one of my players that I'm coaching right now that I'm glad it's a Stanford player,' Fendick-McCain said tonight. 'What I started there and my teammates started back at Stanford - the legacies are living on and it's great to see somebody of Laura's caliber really following through on that.'
Granville is 22-0 this season and 69-2 in her second season of collegiate tennis. She ended her freshman season with a 35-match win streak while winning the third and fourth legs of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Grand Slam (the Rolex National Indoor and NCAA Championships). Earlier this month she repeated as champion at the Rolex National Indoor Championships. She has not lost since Jan. 14, 2000 (to UCLA's Amanda Basica).
Granville is a native of Chicago and a 1999 graduate of The Latin School. Prior to Stanford she became the first junior since Tracy Austin to win back-to-back USTA Girls, 18-and-under singles titles.
Stanford's Laura Granville:
'I really didn't even know about it until Dallas [at the Rolex National Indoor Championships] when I guess I got 50 wins. So, ever since then though, I guess I have been thinking about it once in a while. But I think it will just be nice tomorrow when it's over either way.'
On thinking about collecting 58, 59, 75-straight wins:
'Definitely not, it's something that I actually kind of want to end either way because there's just too much to worry about, there are too many other things that are important. I'm going to definitely stop thinking about it once this weekend is over.'
On what she will eventually value most someday, the streak or the NCAA title?
'It's really hard to say. I think that NCAAs is amazing, but I think this is also great because it's over such a long period of time. The NCAAs is one time, over one week, whereas this is over a year, so I think that might be one of the reasons why I'll look back at it, maybe as one of my greatest achievements.'
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