Women's Tennis Falls to Stanford, 8-1
April 17, 1998
STANFORD, CA - The top-ranked Stanford women's tennis team improved to 23-1 overall and 11-1 in the Pac-10 Conference with an 8-1 victory of 21st-ranked USC today at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium. The loss, which ended USC's three-match win streak, dropped the Trojans to 11-9 overall and 4-7 in the conference.
Stanford, which defeated the Women of Troy 6-0 in the previous meeting between the two teams, started out of the gate fast, taking the first set at each position of the singles ladder. Three Cardinal closed out their respective matches in the second set. Sophomore Jennifer Heiser (Stockton, CA/Lincoln HS) recorded Stanford's first point of the match with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Amber Basica at the No. 6 position. The win was Heiser's ninth straight.
Sophomore Anne Kremer knocked off 42nd-ranked Ditta Huber 7-6, 6-1 at the No. 1 position for her fifth straight win over a ranked opponent. Senior Ania Bleszysnki (Thousand Oaks, CA/Harvard-Westlake HS) improved her Pac-10 record to 12-0 and increased her winning streak to eight with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Kara Warkentin at the No. 4 slot.
USC sophomore Jacqui Boyd came the closest to securing a singles point for the Trojans, drawing Julie Scott (Austin, TX/Stephen F. Austin HS) to three sets at the No. 2 spot before falling 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. Boyd has lost just two dual matches all season, both coming at the hands of Scott. With the win, Scott improved to 33-6 on the season. Stanford sophomore Teryn Ashley (Chestnut Hill, MA/Brookline HS) upped her team-best win total to 35 (35-6) with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 win over Veronika Safarova at No. 3.
In doubles, Stanford took the top two spots in quick fashion with Kremer and Ashley defeating Huber and Boyd 8-2 at No. 1 while Scott and Bleszynski routed Safarova and Warkentin 8-1 at No. 2. The Trojans avoided the shutout as Basica and Karolina Baklarova came back from a 6-5 deficit to defeat Heiser and Sarah Pestieau 9-7 at No. 3.
Stanford completes its 1997-98 regular season tomorrow when it hosts No. 16 UCLA at 12:00 Noon. The Bruins represent the only blemish on the Cardinal's record this season. It will be "Senior Day" as four student-athletes will be making their final appearance on The Farm in a Stanford uniform, a group which includes All-Americans Julie Scott and Ania Bleszynski.