This afternoon, I had the thrill of watching 2 amazing women’s tennis matches at the NCAA Championships. Luckily for me, it was raining in Athens early in the day, so 2 of the Round of 16 matches were moved to the indoor courts at Georgia Tech which is way closer to my house than UGA. And, by the way, big kudos to the folks at Georgia Tech for stepping in to help out on what could’ve been a really complicated scheduling challenge for the tournament organizers!
The first match was between UNC and Texas A&M. I missed the doubles but got there in time for the start of the singles where the UNC women were in control from start to finish.
Next up were Stanford vs. University of California Berkeley. What a match! It all came down to 3rd sets on the final two courts (courts 4 and 6) – on court 4, the Stanford player, Taylor Davidson, started cramping at the beginning of the 3rd set and looked like she might have to retire the match. But, she stayed tough and battled her way to a 3rd set win, tying the Stanford women at 3 with Cal. On court 6, Caroline Doyle of Stanford fought her way into a 3rd set tiebreaker then stormed to a 7-0 finish, giving her team the win and a spot in the Elite 8 on Saturday.
Here is my short interview with Stanford’s Taylor Davidson, who just so happens to be a friend of my son’s!