Laura Granville And Lauren Kalvaria To Meet In NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Championships

May 25, 2001

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. - For the second straight season, the NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Championship will be an all-Stanford affair.

The Cardinal's Lauren Kalvaria (Indialantic, FL/Boca Raton Prep) and Laura Granville (Chicago, IL/The Latin School) advanced to the championship match with impressive straight set singles victories on Friday morning at the Lincoln Tennis Center. Granville and Kalvaria will battle for the right to become Stanford's 12th national collegiate singles champion on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. (ET).

Granville, who defeated teammate Marissa Irvin 6-0, 6-4 in last year's NCAA Finals, is looking to become the first back-to-back national singles champion since Lisa Raymond of Florida in 1992 and 1993. The Stanford sophomore will also play in the NCAA Doubles Championship on Saturday with Gabriela Lastra (Reno, NV/Reno HS). If Granville wins both matches, she will become the first player in NCAA Women's Tennis history to win the NCAA singles, doubles and team titles.

Kalvaria, meanwhile, will bring a 29-match winning streak into the championship match. Granville is now 45-1 overall, while Kalvaria is 39-3.

'I've been real surprised at how the team has played in singles competition,' Stanford head coach Lele Forood said. Forood led Stanford to the NCAA Team Championship on Monday, and in the process, became the first female head coach to achieve that feat. 'I knew we were playing well because of our team success, but to do as well as we have individually has been a pleasant shock. Obviously Laura came in as the favorite, but Kalvaria has had a wonderful tournament. She's shown people that she's moved to the next level.'

The top-ranked and top-seeded Granville advanced with a dominating 6-2, 6-3 win over third-ranked and fourth-seeded Michelle Dasso of Notre Dame. Granville, who posted her second straight win over Dasso in as many tries this season, improved her career NCAA Singles Championship record to a perfect 11-0. She has won 22 consecutive singles matches overall, and 79 of her last 80.

The eighth-seeded and ninth-ranked Kalvaria upset fourth-ranked and sixth-seeded Bea Bielik of Wake Forest 7-6, 6-4 to set up the date with Granville. In addition to her 29-match winning streak, Kalvaria has won the last 21 of those matches in straight sets. In her nine NCAA Team and Individual singles victories, she has dropped only 44 games (4.9 per match).

The second-ranked and second-seeded team of Granville and Lastra locked up a spot in the doubles final with an easy 6-1, 6-1 win over 21st-ranked, and unseeded, Katja Kovac and Jahnavi Parekh of Baylor. Granville and Lastra, who are 41-2 on the season, are looking to become Stanford's first NCAA Doubles Champions since Meredith McGrath and Terri Whitlinger in 1990.

Granville and Lastra's opponents in Saturday's 4:00 p.m. (ET) final will be fourth-ranked Whitney Laiho and Jessica Lehnhoff of Florida. Laiho and Lehnhoff upset Stanford's top-ranked duo of Lauren Barnikow (Woodbridge, NJ/Woodbridge HS) and Kalvaria 6-2, 6-3. Barnikow and Kalvaria finish the season with an impressive 41-5 record.

NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Championships

At Stone Mountain, Georgia (Lincoln Tennis Center)

Semifinals (ITA Rankings in parenthesis)

(1) Laura Granville (Stanford) d. Michelle Dasso (Notre Dame), 6-2, 6-3

(9) Lauren Kalvaria (Stanford) d. (4) Bea Bielik (Wake Forest), 7-6, 6-3

NCAA Women's Tennis Doubles Championships

At Stone Mountain, Georgia (Lincoln Tennis Center)

Semifinals (ITA Rankings in parenthesis)

(4) Whitney Laiho/Jessica Lehnhoff (Florida) d. (1) Lauren Barnikow/Lauren Kalvaria (Stanford), 6-2, 6-3

(2) Laura Granville/Gabriela Lastra (Stanford) d. (21) Katja Kovac/Jahnavi Parekh (Baylor), 6-1, 6-1

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