Women's Tennis To Play In National Team Indoor Championships

Feb. 13, 2001

MADISON, Wisc. - The USTA/ITA National Women's Team Indoor Championships, the nation's premier women's team indoor event, will be hosted by the University of Wisconsin at the A.C. Nielsen Tennis Stadium starting this Thursday.

This year's championships will be highlighted by top-ranked Stanford, who won last year's indoor title, No. 2 Georgia, the defending NCAA champions, and No. 3 Duke, finalists two our of the last three years in Madison. Joining that trio of favorites are: No. 6 UCLA, No. 8 Wake Forest, No. 9 Pepperdine, No. 11 (tie) Vanderbilt and Notre Dame, No. 13 Southern California, No. 15 (tie) Northwestern and Tennessee, No. 18 Baylor, No. 20 Ohio State, No. 22 Washington, Oklahoma State and Wisconsin.

Also highlighting this year's national women's indoor tournament is Stanford sophomore Laura Granville (Chicago, IL) who currently has a 55-match win streak and is closing in on Patty McCain's (formerly Fendick) Stanford and NCAA record 57-match win streak. McCain, who will also be in Madison as Washington's coach, set the record while winning back to back NCAA titles in 1986-87. Granville, a native of Chicago, is the defending NCAA champion and won the Rolex National Indoor singles title earlier this month. Granville ended last season with a 35-match win streak and is 20-0 this season. She is 67-2 in two seasons at Stanford and has not lost since Jan. 14, 2000 (6-4, 6-2 to UCLA's Amanda Basica).

Thursday's opening round matches are as follows: Stanford vs. Baylor, WakeForest vs. Southern California, UCLA vs. Northwestern, Vanderbilt vs. Washington, Ohio State vs. Pepperdine, Tennessee vs. Duke and Oklahoma State vs. Notre Dame and Wisconsin vs. Georgia. Thursday's two sessions are at 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. CT.

The tournament can be followed at www.uwbadgers.com and www.ITAtennis.com.

Stanford's Laura Granville from Feb. 13 media conference call

On the chance of breaking the NCAA consecutive-win record: 'Actually, I didn't even know about it until I was in Dallas (at the Rolex National Indoor Championship) when I had 50. It's important and exciting but I've been trying not to think about it because it will just add to the pressure.'

On the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors: 'The NCAA's is the ultimate goal. Last year, we won the indoors and lost the NCAA's and it was disappointing. We always look forward to this tournament (the national indoors) as well. It is also a good thing for our team since it's the first big team tournament competition of the year. It's also important for our freshmen since we get to see the best teams in the country and compare ourselves to the competition -- I love it. The tournament is great for me. My parents get to come up (from Chicago) and it is indoor tennis, which I grew up playing.'

On the benefits of playing college tennis: 'Playing in college has been so important for me. When I was in high school, it was not a question that I'd go to college. For me, the last two years have been an amazing chance to grow in tennis and as a person. I knew I wasn't ready for the tour at 18. My game wasn't ready for the tour and I wouldn't have been able to handle it. My college experience has been really important for me to grow personally.'

On the prospects of turning pro: 'It's really important for me to think about going pro. It's something that has been in the back of my mind for a while. It's something I work towards.'

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