At the same tournament, Cioffi said that Stanford was upset by her decision to go to Florida and that Cardinal officials keep checking the legality of the track-tennis situation with the Southeastern Conference.
Frank Brennan, the Stanford women's coach, said that was news to him.
"We were kind of chuckling over those quotes," said Brennan, adding that he knew that sort of thing can be done. "I never checked up on it. And I even asked officials at the school (Stanford) to see whether they did. They didn't."
Trade-off? The Volvo Tennis-Collegiate Championships will move from Los Angeles to the University of Georgia for this year's tournament, Oct. 20-23. This event, which has never attracted large crowds, had been played at UCLA since 1984 and it determines the preseason rankings in men's singles and doubles competition. Last fall, USC's Scott Melville won the tournament as he defeated Stanford freshman David Wheaton in a three-set final.
With the move of the NCAA team and individual tournament from Georgia to the West Coast next year, it would seem as though the switch of the Volvo event is being made to fill the void. Also, most certainly, the crowds at Georgia seem likely to be much larger than in Los Angeles.
Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert have made commitments to enter the Virginia Slims of Los Angeles, Aug. 8-14, at the Manhattan Country Club in Manhattan Beach.
Evert defeated Navratilova in the semifinals and lost to Steffi Graf in the final last year. The 1987 tournament featured the top four women players at the time, Navratilova, Graf, Evert and Hana Mandlikova. With the victory, Graf reached the No. 1 spot in the world and has held that position ever since.
Evert is marrying former Olympic skier Andy Mill July 30 and the Manhattan Beach event will be her first tournament after the wedding.
The Bruins recently signed Alysia May of Los Angeles Westlake High School and Jean Ceniza of Hawkinsville (Ga.) High School to letters of intent. They are regarded among the nation's top 10 recruits. Debbie Graham of Los Amigos High School in Fountain Valley, who is rated by most coaches as the top recruit, signed last month with two-time defending NCAA team champion Stanford.
Graham will be competing this week in the 13th annual Seventeen magazine Tournament of Champions, Wednesday through Saturday in Mission Viejo. Other area junior players expected to play there include May, Noelle Porter of San Clemente, Julie Willett of Irvine, Kimberly Chang of El Toro, Keri Phebus of Newport Beach, Page Bartelt of Mission Viejo, Kimberly Po of Rolling Hills, Krista Amend of San Pedro, Laxmi Poruri of Upland, Alisha Portnoy of Northridge, Karen Price of Torrance, Kristin Smith of Thousand Oaks, Heather Willens of Los Angeles and Nicole Hummel of San Marino.
A week ago at Ojai, Po won the 18-and-under singles tournament, Willens took the 16-and-under event and Hummel was the 14-and-under champion.