Stanford's Laura Granville Breaks Washington Women's Tennis Head Coach Patty McCain's NCAA Record
Feb. 17, 2001
MADISON, Wisc. - Stanford sophomore Laura Granville won her 58th straight match to break the NCAA record tonight at the USTA/ITA National Women's Team Indoor Championships at the University of Wisconsin's A.C. Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
Granville beat Southern California's Jewel Peterson, 6-0, 6-2, on Friday, Feb. 16 to tie Washington's head coach Patty McCain's Stanford and NCAA record for consecutive wins with 57. The Chicago native then went on to defeat Vanderbilt's Julie Ditty, 6-4, 6-1, on Saturday. Granville and top-ranked Stanford (9-0) will advance to tomorrow's finals after beating No. 13 Vanderbilt 5-1 and will take on Georgia in a rematch of last May's NCAA final (a 5-4 Georgia win) at 11 a.m. CT Sunday.
Granville is 23-0 this season and 70-2 in her second season of collegiate tennis. She ended her freshman year with a 35-match win streak while winning the third and fourth legs of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Grand Slam (the Rolex National Indoor and NCAA Championships). She has not lost since Jan. 14, 2000 (to UCLA's Amanda Basica) and has lost only two sets in 23 matches this season.
McCain was on hand to congratulate Granville after tying the record last night.
"I'm happy for her. She's a great player and she's been doing really well," McCain said last night. "I've always said if it couldn't be one of my players that I'm coaching right now than I'm glad it's a Stanford player. What I started there and my teammates started back at Stanford-the legacies are living on and it's great to see somebody of Laura's caliber really following through on that."
While competing for the Cardinal from 1983-87, McCain was the 1986 and 1987 NCAA singles champion and helped lead Stanford to the NCAA team championship in 1984, 1986, and 1987, filling the No. 1 slot. She was a 1985 singles semifinalist and a 1987 doubles finalist.
McCain also earned a number of top honors as a collegian, including being named the MVP of the NCAA's All-Decade Team for tennis and Stanford's player of the Decade, both of the 1980's. As a freshman she was named Rolex's Player to Watch, and as a senior captain she was Tennis Magazine's College Player of the Year. McCain was also the recipient of the Honda-Broderick Award for tennis and the Arthur Ashe Award for Sportsmanship.
Her career on the WTA Tour as a professional from 1987 to Aug. 1995 was equally as impressive. She ranked as high as fourth in doubles and 19th in singles, winning 26 doubles titles and three singles championships.
McCain joined the Husky tennis program during the summer of 1997. Since then she has led the Huskies to their best final-season ITA ranking ever: No. 30 in 2000. Last year, Washington's 12-10 record led them to their fourth post-season appearance in as many years.
The Huskies are currently ranked 21st in the nation and hold an overall record of 4-4. Washington is off to a terrific start so for as they defeated California (who was ranked fifth in the nation at the time) for the first time in the program's history and were invited to participate in the USTA/ITA National Women's Team Indoor Championships.
McCain and the Huskies will return home for a three match home stint beginning Friday, Feb. 23 as they take on Texas-El Paso at 1:30 p.m. They will then face UC-Irvine on Saturday at 2 p.m. before taking on Utah at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Matches will be held at the Lloyd Nordstrom Tennis Center.