Women's Tennis Wins USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships
Feb. 18, 2001
MADISON, Wisc. - Top-ranked Stanford University (10-0) edged second-ranked Georgia (5-1) 4-3 to capture the title at the USTA/ITA National Women's Team Indoor Tennis Championships on Sunday afternoon at the University of Wisconsin's A.C. Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
Top-ranked Stanford's (10-0) title is its sixth at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships, the nation's premier indoor tennis tournament. The win also avenged Stanford's 4-3 loss to Georgia in the 2000 NCAA Championship Match. The Cardinal has now won 58 of its last 59 matches dating back to 1999. The loss to Georgia in last year's NCAA final snapped a 48-match win streak.
Stanford repeats as champion and also won titles in '98, '93, '90 and '89. This is also the fourth time a school has won back-to-back indoor titles. Only three teams have ever won the USTA/ITA National Women's Team Indoor title since the tournament's inception in '88. Stanford and Florida have won it six times and Georgia has won two titles.
Stanford's Gabriela Lastra (Reno, NV/Reno HS) clinched the dramatic victory at No. 3 singles with a 6-3, 1-6, 7-5 victory over Anne Nguyen. Stanford also received singles wins from Emilia Anderson (Cincinnati, OH/Anderson HS), Lauren Barnikow (Woodbridge, NJ/Woodbridge HS) and Lauren Kalvaria (Indialnatic, FL/Boca Raton Prep). Barnikow, 25th-ranked Kalvaria and 27th-ranked Lastra all went 4-0 in singles competition during the weekend, as the Cardinal outscored its four National Team Indoor opponents by a combined score of 23-4.
Georgia's Aarthi Venkatesan upset Stanford's Laura Granville (Chicago, IL/The Latin School) 7-5, 6-2 at No. 1 singles, snapping Granville's 58-match win streak. On Saturday night Granville had broken Stanford's Patty Fendick-McCain's NCAA Division I record with her 58th straight win (with a victory over Vanderbilt's Julie Ditty). Granville's loss is her first in 24 matches this season and first since Jan. 14, 2000.
Stanford's Keiko Tokuda (Clifton, NJ/Clifton HS) received the USTA Sportsmanship Award today, voted on by the 16 participating coaches for displaying outstanding sportsmanship and exemplifying the spirit of college tennis during the course of the tournament.
#1 Stanford 4, #2 Georgia 3
No. 1 - #22 Aarthi Venkatesan (UGA) d. #3 Laura Granville, 7-5, 6-2
No. 2 - #25 Lauren Kalvaria (STAN) d. #94 Lori Grey, 6-4, 6-2
No. 3 - #27 Gabriela Lastra (STAN) d. #20 Anne Nguyen, 6-3, 1-6, 7-5
No. 4 - Lauren Barnikow (STAN) d. #57 Tina Hojnik, 6-2, 6-0
No. 5 - Agata Cioroch (UGA) d. #18 Keiko Tokuda, 6-4, 6-4
No. 6 - Emilia Anderson (STAN) d. Christa Grey, 6-3, 6-1
Records - #2 Georgia 5-1, Stanford 10-0.