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UCLA, USC Crushed in Quarterfinals

May 20, 2000|CHRIS BRANAM

UCLA has a very good women's tennis team. Stanford has a great one.

That's why the top-ranked and unbeaten Cardinal needed only 80 minutes to eliminate the ninth-ranked Bruins, 5-0, in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I championships Friday at Pepperdine. USC also was eliminated, losing, 5-1, to Georgia.

"We didn't play as well as we hoped, and Stanford just played very well," UCLA Coach Stella Sampras said.

The Cardinal (29-0) won 60 of 74 games in the five completed matches. Elizabeth Schmidt was the one Bruin who threatened to win a set, but she lost, 7-5, and was trailing, 3-2, against Jennifer Heiser in a No. 5 singles match abandoned when Stanford clinched the win.

USC (18-9) also was dominated by Georgia. The second-ranked Bulldogs (25-2) advanced with wins in straight sets in three matches.

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