With No. 2 seed Duke losing today in college basketball, students on the Durham campus may need a little cheering up, so the women's tennis team's 4-3 win over second-ranked Georgia Tech, winners of the last three national team titles, is there to ease the pain.
Ninth-ranked Duke, not invited to the Team Indoor, has two of the best freshmen in the country in Reka Zsilinszka and Ellah Nze, and it was the latter, ranked 14th in the country, who clinched the win with a 7-6(6), 6-3 victory over No. 4 Amanda McDowell at the No. 2 position. Now 11-1, with their only loss to No. 1 Northwestern, Duke is certain to rise in the next rankings.
The USC men will also be moving up after taking down No. 4 Texas 4-3 in Austin Thursday and No. 8 Tulsa 6-1 today.
As several commenters noted, the 18th-ranked Florida men had a big 5-2 win at No. 5 Ole Miss Friday and No. 3 Georgia took out No. 26 LSU 4-2. It marked the return of senior Luis Flores, who had been sidelined since late January with a stress fracture. No. 13 North Carolina dropped No. 7 Florida State 4-3 in Tallahassee, in another result that will lead to ranking changes. All this is just an appetizer for the entree that is the NCAAs, of course, but it bodes well for a very exciting week in Tulsa.
And Florida Gator Julia Cohen, who helped her father win his second consecutive USTA gold ball last fall prior to her joining the Florida team in January, did it again last weekend at the Senior Father-Daughter Indoor in suburban Chicago.
Saturday, March 22, 2008