Nov. 10, 1997
Scott Captures Northwest Rolex Regional Singles Title
Cardinal Will Complete Sweep of Titles When Doubles Play Resumes
Julie Scott won for the second time in two weeks. (File Photo)
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford's Julie Scott captured the 1997 Northwest Rolex Regional Tennis Tournament singles title with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 victory over teammate Teryn Ashley. Scott, a senior from Austin, Tex. (Stephen F. Austin HS), held off her younger teammate in a match that lasted two-and-a-half hours due to a rain delay. The rain began to fall with Scott leading 3-0 in the third set, forcing the two competitors to complete the match in the Taube Family Tennis Stadium indoor court.
With the win, Scott, the nation's fifth-ranked singles player, improved to 11-1 and picked up her second title in as many tournaments this season. She opened the 1997-98 season by winning the consolation singles title at the Riviera All-American Championships two weeks ago. The win also assured Scott a spot in the 1998 Rolex National Individual Championships, to be played February 5-8 in Dallas, Tex. The loss dropped Ashley, a sophomore from Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Brookline HS), to 5-2 on the year. Her only other defeat came against the nation's top-ranked player, Mississippi's Agnes Muzamel, in the second round of the Riviera All-American Championships.
Unfortunately, the rain did not stop and the tournament moved along one match at a time, forcing the cancellation of the consolation singles title match between California's Stephanie Tibbets and Pacific's Mari Maattanen. Tibbits advanced to the consolation final with a 6-4, 6-3 win over teammate Amy Jensen, while Maattanen reached the final by way of a 6-0, 6-0 sweep of Portland's Erin Smith.
In doubles action, Stanford advanced two teams to tomorrow's doubles final, which will begin at 2:00 p.m., assuring the defending national champion Cardinal a sweep of the tournament. The top-seed duo of Scott and Bleszynski, who topped teammates Jennifer Heiser and Sarah Pestieau 6-4, 6-0, will meet the fourth-seeded team of Anne Kremer and Teryn Ashley, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 semifinal winners over California's Amanda Augustus and Jensen. The Golden Bear team was seeded second in the tourney.
Day Four Results of the Northwest Rolex Regional
(1) Julie Scott (Stanford) d. (6) Teryn Ashley (Stanford) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
(1) Scott/Bleszynski (Stanford) d. Heiser/Pestieau (Stanford) 6-4, 6-0
(4) Kremer/Ashley (Stanford) d. (2) Augustus/Jensen (California) 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
Semifinal Singles (Consolation)
Stephanie Tibbits (California) d. Amy Jensen (California) 6-4, 6-3
Mari Maattanen (Pacific) d. Erin Smith (Portland) 6-0, 6-0