Oklahoma State Women Survive to Reach Sweet 16; Black, Kypson Win ITF Grade 4 Titles in Delray Beach; Stewart Wins Indian Harbour Beach $50K
The final eight women's teams earned their places in the NCAA Division I Team Championships' Sweet 16 next week in Waco, Texas, some with ease, some with difficulty. Five teams won by 4-0 scores: North Carolina, Texas A&M, Georgia, UCLA and Southern Cal, although not all those shutouts were routine, particularly No. 1 ranked USC, who struggled at the top of the lineup against Virginia Tech, but got wins from their bottom three and the doubles point to prevail.
No. 9 seed Virginia was pushed by South Carolina, but got a comeback win from NCAA singles champion Danielle Collins at No. 2 to claim the 4-2 victory. No. 8 seed and host Baylor lost the doubles point and three first sets to Rice, but Blair Shankle got the third-set win the Bears needed for a 4-2 victory.
The third close match could hardly have been tighter, with No. 12 seed Oklahoma State holding off Arizona State 4-3, with the trip to Waco coming down to a third set at No. 1 singles. Viktoriya Lushkova got the late break at 5-5 in the third and served it out over Arizona State's Desirae Krawczyk to put the Cowgirls in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1996.
Only one seeded team, No. 13 Alabama failed to advance to the final site, with the Crimson Tide falling Saturday to Clemson.