No. 11 Women's Tennis Falls to Top-Ranked Stanford in NCAA Quarterfinals, 4-0
May 18, 2001
TEMPE, Ariz. -The No. 11 Arizona State (20-6, 5-3) women's tennis team was halted on its way to an NCAA Championship, falling to the top-ranked Stanford Cardinal today in the NCAA quarterfinals, 4-0, at the Lincoln Tennis Center in Stone Mountain, Georgia. ASU was one of four remaining Pac-10 teams that reached the quarterfinals.
In ASU's 14th consecutive post-season performance, the Devils managed to reach the quarterfinals for the second straight year. Just like last season, ASU advanced past the Round of 16 (upset Duke, 5-2), but came up short in the quarterfinals (No. 4 Florida, 5-2).
In doubles play, Stanford stole the team point by winning two of the three needed matches. Stanford's Lauren Barnikow/Lauren Kalvaria and Laura Granville/Gabriela Lastra combos, both ranked No. 1 and No. 2 nationally, disposed of ASU's No. 12 Mhairi Brown/Celena McCoury and Megan Yeats/Cindy Sureephong pairs on the first two courts. Stanford had won the point before the No. 3 court dual doubles teams were able to finish.
In singles action, the top-ranked Cardinal needed only three quick singles matches to seal the victory. ASU's Karin Palme, Faye DeVera, and Mhairi Brown fought hard, but came up short in their matches. Palme fell to No. 7 Lauren Kalvaria on the No. 2 court, 6-1, 6-2, and DeVera lost to Stanford's Lauren Barnikow, 6-2, 6-0, on the No. 4 court. ASU sophomore Mhairi Brown came up short against Stanford's No. 50 Keiko Tokuda on the No. 5 court, 7-5, 6-2. ASU's No. 6 Adria Engel, No. 89 Megan Yeats, and Cindy Sureephong were unable to finish their matches before Stanford had secured the team victory.
The Devils will remain in Georgia through next week (May 21-26) to take part in the NCAA singles and doubles Championships. ASU's No. 6 sophomore Adria Engel will represent the Devils in singles action (beginning Monday), and the No. 12 Mhairi Brown/Celena McCoury tandem will represent ASU in doubles play. Please check out www.georgiastate.com and www.ncaachampionships.com for current updates of the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Team Championships continuing through Sunday.
DOUBLES:1. (1) Barnikow/Kalvaria (S) def. (12) McCoury/Brown (ASU), 8-1
2. (2) Granville/Lastra (S) def. Yeats/Sureephong (ASU), 8-4
3. DeVera/Engel (ASU) vs. Pestieau/Tokuda (S), DNF
SINGLES:1. (6) Adria Engel (ASU) vs. (1) Laura Granville (S), DNF
2. (9) Lauren Kalvaria (S) def. Karin Palme (ASU), 6-1, 6-2
3. (89) Megan Yeats (ASU) vs. (17) Gabriela Lastra (S), DNF
4. Lauren Barnikow (S) def. Faye DeVera (ASU), 6-2, 6-0
5. (50) Keiko Tokuda (S) def. Mhairi Brown (ASU), 7-5, 6-2
6. Cindy Sureephong (ASU) vs. Emilia Anderson (S), DNF