Laura Granville, Lauren Kalvaria Advance In NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Championships

May 22, 2001

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. - Defending NCAA Singles Champion Laura Granville (Chicago, IL/The Latin School) of Stanford University began defense of her title with a straight set victory in first round action of the NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Championships on Tuesday at the Lincoln Tennis Center.

The top-seeded Granville, who is ranked #1 in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, defeated Janet Bergman of Wake Forest 6-3, 6-1 in first round action. The Stanford sophomore's second round match will take place on Wednesday.

Joining Granville in the second round will be junior teammate Lauren Kalvaria (Indialantic, FL/Boca Raton Prep). The ninth-ranked Kalvaria defeated 38th-ranked Sarah Riske of Vanderbilt for the second time in as many days. Kalvaria prevailed 6-3, 6-3, on Tuesday, after winning 6-2, 6-2 on Monday in the Cardinal's 4-0 win over the Commodores in the NCAA Team Finals.

Stanford also had a pair of players eliminated in the opening round.

Junior Gabriela Lastra (Reno, NV/Reno HS), who is ranked 17th in the country, dropped a 6-0, 6-3 decision to 20th-ranked Mirela Vladulescu of Alabama-Birmingham. Also falling on Tuesday was 50th-ranked junior Keiko Tokuda (Clifton, NJ/Clifton HS), who lost to 26th-ranked Aarthi Venkatesan of Georgia 6-3, 6-3.

NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Championships

At Stone Mountain, Georgia (Lincoln Tennis Center)

First Round

#1 Laura Granville (Stanford) d. #19 Janet Bergman (Wake Forest), 6-3, 6-1

#9 Lauren Kalvaria (Stanford) d. #38 Sarah Riske (Vanderbilt), 6-3, 6-3

#20 Mirela Vladulescu (UAB) d. #17 Gabriela Lastra (Stanford), 6-0, 6-3

#26 Aarthi Venkatesan (Georgia) d. #50 Keiko Tokuda (Stanford), 6-3, 6-3

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