Four Pac-10 Women's Tennis Teams Punch Ticket To The Round Of 16
May 10, 2009
The Round of 16 of the 2009 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships is set, and the Pacific-10 Conference makes up one-quarter of the field that will compete at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas, May 15-19.
Eleventh-seeded UCLA (19-6) battled it out with Arizona State in Los Angeles, Sunday. The Bruins edged the Sun Devils, 4-3, to advance to face No. 6 Miami (25-4) in the Round of 16 in College Station, Texas at 9 a.m. CT on Friday, May 15. UCLA captured the doubles point to take an early 1-0 lead. With the match tied 3-3, freshman Nina Pantic won the final 10 games in her match against ASU's Laila Abdala at court No. 4 to seal the victory for the Bruins.
UCLA and Arizona State have played three times this year and all three contests were won by the Bruins 4-3. In addition to Pantic, one of the key performances on the day was turned in by sophomore Andrea Remynse at court No. 2, as she was beaten by Nadia Abdala in both prior contests. Remynse, who accounted for the Bruins' third point, kept UCLA in it with a straight set win over N. Abdala, 6-3, 6-3.
In another second round match-up between Pac-10 opponents, Washington pulled off the upset over seventh-seeded USC, 4-3, at Marks Stadium in Los Angeles. Husky sophomore Venise Chan clinched the win with a third-set tiebreak win at No. 1 singles over Maria Sanchez. Washington will take on South Carolina (16-10) at Noon CT in College Station, Texas. The Gamecocks downed 10th-seeded Tennessee, 4-3, in the second round.
The 13th-seeded Stanford Cardinal, playing in its 28th straight NCAA Tournament, rounds out the field for the Pac-10. Stanford (19-4) swept LSU to advance to the Round of 16. The Cardinal will face No. 4 Baylor (26-4) on Friday, May 15 at 6 p.m. CT in College Station, Texas. The Lady Bears defeated the Cardinal 4-1 in last year's quarterfinal round, representing Stanford's earliest exit in the postseason since 1998.
Stanford has now won 151 consecutive matches at home- a streak that spans 10 seasons and is recognized as the longest active such streak among all sports in Division I athletics.