Women's Tennis Sweeps Through NCAA Quarterfinals

May 24, 2001

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. - Stanford's Laura Granville (Chicago, IL/The Latin School) and Lauren Kalvaria (Indialantic, FL/Boca Raton Prep) advanced to the semifinals of both the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships on Thursday at the Lincoln Tennis Center. Granville and Kalvaria are the players to still be alive in both the singles and doubles tournaments.

Granville advanced to the singles semis with a 6-4, 6-2 win over sixth-ranked Adria Engel of Arizona State, while Kalvaria beat eighth-ranked Bruna Colosio of LSU 6-2, 6-0.In Friday's 10:00 a.m. (ET) singles semifinals, top-ranked Granville faces third-ranked Michelle Dasso of Notre Dame and the ninth-ranked Kalvaria plays fourth-ranked Bea Bielik of Wake Forest. Granville, who defeated Dasso 6-3, 6-2 in the ITA Indoor semifinals on February 3, is bidding to become the first player to win the NCAA Singles Championships as both a freshman and sophomore since Lisa Raymond of Florida in 1992-93. Kalvaria, meanwhile, is making her first career semifinal appearance.

In Thursday's singles quarterfinals, Granville posted her fifth win in as many tries this season against fellow Chicago-area native Engel. With the score tied 4-4 in the first set, Granville won eight of the final 10 games to advance to the semifinals.

'Winning the first set (after a 4-4 tie) was a huge boost,' Granville said. 'I think I knew I had to get more aggressive in the second set and I did ... We first played when I was seven and she was nine and we have played so many times in our lives. That made it really odd to have to play her in the NCAAs. Yes, we are still friends even though we don't get to see each other much.'

The eighth-seeded Kalvaria continued to dominate by dropping just two games to No. 9-16 seed Colosio. Kalvaria, who has won 28 straight matches dating back to February 6, has dropped just 16 games in her four tournament victories.

In Thursday's doubles quarterfinals, top-ranked and top-seeded Lauren Barnikow (Woodbridge, NJ/Woodbridge HS) and Kalvaria cruised to a 6-2, 6-4 win over unranked Kristy Dascoli and Monica Rincon of Ohio State. Barnikow and Kalvaria are now 41-4 on the season. Granville and Gabriela Lastra (Reno, NV/Reno HS) joined their teammates in the semifinals with a three-set win over 18th-ranked Lauren Fisher and Petya Marinova of UCLA. The second-ranked and third-seeded Cardinal duo improved to 42-2 with a 7-6, 2-6, 6-1 victory.In the doubles semis at 1:00 p.m. (ET), Barnikow and Kalvaria will meet fourth-ranked Whitney Laiho and Jessica Lehnhoff of Florida. In the NCAA Team Semifinals last Sunday, Barnikow and Kalvaria beat Laiho and Lehnhoff 8-4 to hand the Gator team its only loss of the season. In the other semifinal, second-ranked Granville and Gabriela Lastra (Reno, NV/Reno HS) meet 21st-ranked Katja Kovac and Jahnavi Parekh of Baylor.

NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Championships

At Stone Mountain, Georgia (Lincoln Tennis Center)

Quarterfinals (ITA Rankings in parenthesis)

(1) Laura Granville (Stanford) d. (6) Adria Engel (Arizona State), 6-4, 6-2

(3) Michelle Dasso (Notre Dame) d. (27) Kristy Dascoli (Ohio State), 6-3, 3-6, 7-5

(9) Lauren Kalvaria (Stanford) d. (8) Bruna Colosio (LSU), 6-2, 6-0

(4) Bea Bielik (Wake Forest) d. (2) Ansley Cargill (Duke), 7-5, 6-4

NCAA Women's Tennis Doubles Championships

At Stone Mountain, Georgia (Lincoln Tennis Center)

Quarterfinals (ITA Rankings in parenthesis)

(1) Lauren Barnikow/Lauren Kalvaria (Stanford) d. (NR) Kristy Dascoli/Monica Rincon (Ohio St.),6-2, 6-4

(4) Whitney Laiho/Jessica Lehnhoff (Florida) d. (8) Janet Bergman/Bea Bielik (Wake Forest), 6-4, 6-2

(21) Katja Kovac/Jahnavi Parekh (Baylor) d. (29) Carolina Mayorga/Sarah Witten (Kentucky), 7-5, 6-4

(2) Laura Granville/Gabriela Lastra (Stanford) d. (18) Lauren Fisher/Petya Marinova (UCLA), 7-6, 2-6, 6-1

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