SAN DIEGO SPORTS ET CETERA : SDSU, USD Women Earn Berths in NCAA Tennis
The women’s tennis teams from San Diego State and the University of San Diego earned berths Thursday in the NCAA Division I tournament beginning Wednesday at the University of Florida.
The No. 12-ranked Aztecs (17-11) were seeded 14th and will play 17th-seeded Indiana Wednesday. No. 14-ranked USD (11-11) was seeded 16th and will play 19th-seeded Kentucky.
La Jolla’s Liz Harper is the only San Diegan to advance to today’s quarterfinals of the National Hardcourt championships at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. Harper, seeded sixth and playing in the women’s 60s, defeated Fay Shwayder of Lakewood, Colo., 6-0, 6-1 to advance.
In the Western Athletic Conference team championships in Fort Collins, Colo., the top-seeded SDSU men’s team was upset by Utah, 5-1. It is the ninth time in 11 years defending champion Utah has won the WAC team title.
After winning the singles competition, 5-1, the teams did not play doubles. Freshman Kerry Safdie was the only winner for the Aztecs, defeating Chris Reilley 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5). SDSU (21-9) finished second and Mew Mexico and Air Force tied for third.
San Diego State golfers Kevin Riley and Doug Karney recorded scores of 69 and were tied with two other golfers for second place after the opening round of the Western Athletic Conference tournament, Thursday.
Riley and Karney trailed Brigham Young’s Ed Fryatt and Mike Weir, who both shot tournament-record 65s in the first of four rounds in El Paso, Texas. BYU, at 10-under-par 270, led the team standings. SDSU was fourth at 10-over 290.
Second-seeded Kim Wright was one of three Point Loma Nazarene singles players who advanced to the round of eight in the NAIA District 3 Women’s Tennis Championships Thursday.
Wright defeated Westmont College’s Jennifer Roberts 6-1, 6-2. Dion Shillito and Susan Woodling also won in straight sets for PLNC, which led in team points, with 13, over Westmont (10) after two rounds.