Cardinal top Vanderbilt, advance to NCAA tennis quarters
ATHENS, Ga. -- Top-seeded Stanford coasted through the round of 16 in the NCAA women's tennis championships, shutting out Vanderbilt on Friday.
Host Georgia also advanced, as did Georgia Tech, which reached the quarterfinals for the first time in school history.
Winning for the 23rd time in 24 matches this season, Stanford handed Vanderbilt its first loss of the season after 19 straight victories.
The Cardinal advanced to Sunday's quarterfinals against ninth-seeded Miami, which edged No. 8 Southern California 4-3.
No. 2 Georgia moved on with a 4-1 win over 15th-seeded William & Mary. The Bulldogs reached the quarterfinals for the eighth time in nine years and set up a match with California, which blanked Clemson 4-0.
Senior Darya Ivanov and freshman Yvette Hyndman posted dominating victories in both singles and doubles to lead the Bulldogs.
Third-seeded Georgia Tech held off No. 14 Fresno State for a 4-2 victory. Alison Silverio defeated Renata Kucerkova at No. 2 singles 7-6, 6-4 in the clinching match.
Amanda McDowell, Christy Striplin and Tarryn Rudman also won singles matches to send the Yellow Jackets to the quarterfinals against No. 6 Notre Dame, which advanced with a 4-3 victory over 11th-seeded North Carolina.
Stanford started with a doubles win, then stormed out to big leads on several singles courts. Both Celia Durkin and Jessica Nguyen polished off their opponents in straight sets, each losing only a single game.
Theresa Logar clinched on court one with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Amanda Fish.
Miami rallied from a 3-1 deficit against the Trojans. Audra Cohen, the nation's top-ranked singles player, finished the comeback with a 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 win over fifth-ranked Lindsey Nelson.
In the other matches, No. 4 Florida held off 13th-seeded Baylor 4-2, and No. 12 UCLA surprised fifth-ranked Northwestern 4-0. The Gators will meet the Bruins in the quarterfinals.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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