Abilene Christian 5, Northeastern State
Abilene Christian 5, Northeastern State 0May 6, 2005
ABILENE, TX -- The Abilene Christian University women on Friday did what's been expected of them since the season began by winning the NCAA Division II Central Region tennis title and advancing to next week's national tournament in Altamonte Springs, Fla.
The ACU women won their sixth straight regional tournament title and earned their 10th straight bid to the national tournament with a 5-0 win over Northeastern State. The Wildcats, now 31-5 on the season and ranked No. 7 in the nation, will be making their 18th appearance in the national tournament, which is scheduled for May 11-14.
The Wildcats, however, get no favors from the draw as they will likely have to face No. 6 Lynn University in Wednesday's first round. ACU has been knocked out of the national tournament in the quarterfinal round in each of the last nine years, and six times the team that beat ACU has gone on to win the national championship, including Lynn in 1997 and 2001.
But the Wildcats will worry about the draw next week. For now they'll savor a relatively easy victory over the team that some thought would be the Wildcats' closest competition at the tournament. Instead ACU turned the match into a rout by cruising to three doubles wins to open the match.
Lana Pavlin and Holly Lindloff - newly installed as ACU's No. 1 doubles team - cruised to an 8-5 win over Holly McKee and Berit Itschert, and the No. 2 team of Rachel Taylor and Lauren Yarbrough beat Simona Stoica and Kelli Sturm, 8-4. Summer Beesley and Meagan Brown closed out a 3-0 rout at No. 3 doubles with an 8-2 win over Amanda Stone and Nicole Chambers.
In singles play, Taylor beat Stoica, 6-3, 6-1, and Brown knocked off Chambers, 6-3, 6-2, to close out the match.
"We dominated doubles, and that set the tone," ACU head coach Hutton Jones said. "I didn't see one of our girls looking around for someone else to take responsibility for what was going on out there. They were each trying to win the point. We'll have a tough first-round draw at the national tournament, but we're taking as good a team as we've ever had at ACU."
NCAA DIVISION II CENTRAL REGION TENNIS
EAGER TENNIS CENTER * ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY * ABILENE, TX
Abilene Christian 5, Northeastern State 0
Singles -- Rachel Taylor, ACU, def. Simona Stoica, NSU, 6-3, 6-1;
Meagan Brown, ACU, def. Nichole Chambers, NSU, 6-3, 6-2.
Doubles -- Lana Pavlin-Holly Lindloff, ACU, def. Holly McKee-Berit Itschert, NSU, 8-5;
Rachel Taylor-Lauren Yarbrough, ACU, def. Simona Stoica-Kelli Sturm, NSU, 8-4;
Summer Beesley-Meagan Brown, ACU, def. Amanda Stone-Nicole Chambers, NSU, 8-2.
-- Courtesy Abilene Christian University