The Michigan women’s tennis team’s season came to a
halt at the NCAA Championships on Saturday. No. 1 Stanford sent the
Wolverines home with a 4-0 loss.
Junior Michelle DaCosta was overmatched against defending NCAA
singles champion Amber Liu. The junior failed to secure a single
The only player to beat DaCosta off the court was freshman Kara
Delicata. Facing the undefeated Theresa Logar, Delicata dropped her
match in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.
Leading 3-0, Stanford was sitting comfortably after two singles
matches, needing to take just one more match to finish off Michigan
and advance to the next round.
Playing at No. 6 singles, Debra Streifler made the Wolverines
best attempt at a point. Taking on No. 40 Emilia Anderson,
Streifler managed to take five games, but it wasn’t enough as
she fell 6-2, 6-3.
Michigan got to the regional semifinals after a 4-1 victory over
Denver to open the tournament on Friday. Denver trailed 2-1 midway
through the singles portion before back-to-back wins by DaCosta and
senior Kavitha Tipirneni propelled the Wolverines past Denver and
into the next round.
DaCosta and Delicata will continue their seasons next week when
they head to the NCAA Individual and Doubles Championships. DaCosta
will compete in the 64-player singles field and in the doubles
portion with Delicata.