May 10, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – Under a sweltering sun at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center, No. 19 Texas (19-6) put away No. 43 USF (18-6) to advance to the second round of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships at Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The Longhorns will face the hosts, Florida State, at 4:00 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, May 10.
Texas sophomore Sarah Lancaster finished off the Bulls with a 6-3, 6-4 defeat of Lauren Shumate in the number six spot. The win gave the Texas-native her 20th dual match victory of the season, in addition to the team win.
Fellow sophomore Stephanie Davison and senior Courtney Zauft also contributed to the team victory with a pair of singles wins. Davison defeated USF’s Allyn Mueller 6-1, 6-2, on court three just before Zauft took down Jessica Zok on court two 6-1, 6-4.
Prior to the singles competition, Texas picked up the doubles point despite falling 8-2 on court two. Shumate and Zok upset Davison and teammate Caroline Larsson in the number two spot, but the Bulls were unable to pull out a second victory to earn the doubles point.
The No. 23-ranked doubles team in the country, Vanja Corovic and Marija Milic of Texas pulled out a close victory over the Bulls’ Janette Bejlkova and Iciri Rai 8-6 on court one before Zauft and teammate Maggie Mello finished up with a Texas win over Mueller and Natalia Guevara 8-5.
The Longhorns will advance to the second round of the tournament tomorrow at Scott Speicher Tennis Center to face the hosts, No. 15 Florida State (19-7). Earlier today the Seminoles defeated the Samford Bulldogs 4-0.
Fans are invited to come out for the last match of the women’s tennis tournament at Florida State. The winner of tomorrow’s match will advance to the round of 16 in Tulsa, Okla.
#19 Texas 4 vs. #43 USF 0
No. 1: #63 Vanja Corovic (UT) vs. #72 Janette Bejlkova (USF) DNF
No. 2: Courtney Zauft (UT) def. Jessica Zok (USF) 6-1, 6-4
No. 3: Stephanie Davison (UT) def. Allyn Mueller (USF) 6-1, 6-2
No. 4: Caroline Larsson (UT) vs. Iciri Rai (USF) DNF
No. 5: Maggie Mello (UT) vs. Natalia Guevara (USF) DNF
No. 6: Sarah Lancaster (UT) vs. Lauren Shumate (USF) 6-3, 6-4
Order of finish: 3, 2, 6*
No. 1: #23 Corovic/Marija Milic (UT) def. Bejikova/Rai (USF) 8-6
No. 2: Shumate/Zok (USF) def. Davison/Larsson (UT) 8-2
No. 3: Mello/Zauft (UT) def. Mueller/Guevara (USF) 8-5
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3*