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■Venus follows in the
footsteps of her younger sister,
Serena, with her trophy.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK - A glittery tiara
in her hair and menace in her
strokes, Venus Williams tight
ened the family grip on women’s
tennis Saturday night, captur
ing the U.S. Open title her sister
won a year ago.
Two months after beating
Lindsay Davenport at
Wimbledon for her first Grand
Slam title, Williams confirmed
her place as the best in the
game, if not in the rankings, by
beating Davenport again 6-4,7
5 in the hardest-hitting women’s
final in U.S. Open history.
Never before had two
women’s finalists walloped
shots so fiercely, so consistendy,
from both sides as Williams and
Davenport in this rain-delayed,
1-hour, 25-minute duel.
They each needed to be fast
to keep up with the other, and
no one in the game is faster than
the sinewy, long-legged
Williams."I really have some
wheels,” Williams said. "I'm
really speedy these days. It
helped me out a lot.”
Williams gazed at the silver
trophy, taking pleasure in see
ing where her name will be
inscribed next to that sister
“It feels real nice," Venus
Williams celebrated this vic
tory less tamely than she did her
Wimbledon triumph, skipping
lightly to the net, twirling a bit,
shaking hands briefly with
Williams then trotted over to
the corner to kiss her mother
and hug her father and coach,
Richard, who came down to the
court and danced jubilantly
beside her, while Serena told
her, “Great job, Venus."
“Venus was playing great.
She forced me to play better and
I couldn’t do it,” Davenport said.
Though clearly dominant in
women’s tennis as she rides a
26-match winning streak book
ended by two major titles,
Williams will remain No. 3 in the
ranking behind No. 1 Martin
Hingis and No. 2 Davenport.
The lag in the rankings is due
solely to Williams absence for
nearly six months because of
“This was a very nice victory
because I feel like I played
Lindsay when she was playing
some of her best tennis, and
now I’ve beaten the No. 1 and 2
players in the rankings succes
sively,” Williams said.
Asked whether she thought
of herself as No. 1, Williams said:
“Oh, yeah. I always feel like
I’m the best player.... No. 1 is
definitely one of my goals. I’m
Husker heat burns UCLAs Porter on the court
“Their serves kind of threw
us off, mainly me,” Porter said.
“They kind of served at me -
picked me out.”
When asked what NU server
was most stifling, Porter
“Jenny Kropp,” Porter said
without hesitation. “I knew she
was going to serve at me each
time. I just wasn’t able to get a
handle on the ball.”
Porter, the 5-foot-11-inch
junior, used her height and
incredible leaping ability,
pounded a team- high 18 kills,
but eight of them came in the
Porter finished with a dismal
.030 hitting percentage and had
16 errors, nine more than any
Porter, like many UCLA
players, was also tired and bat
tered from competing in three
consecutive weekend tourna
ments in Florida, Hawaii and
South Bend, against six top-25
teams - which could explain the
UCLA Coach Andy
Banachowski agreed that NU's
service game won the match.
The Huskers tied a school
record with eight service aces in
a five-game match. Angie Oxley
led the brigade with three.
“I thought Angie Oxley’s
serve really killed us,”
Banachowski said. “ It seemed
like she scored 100 points
tonight. Every time she went
back and served, Nebraska
would go on a run.”
No one felt the heat more
than Porter, and that’s how NU
Coach John Cook planned it.
“(Porter) was one of our
serving targets,” Cook said. “She
was struggling tonight. I’ve been
there before. When your best
player is struggling, the rest of
Husker volleyball team
aims for top ranking
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So it was. The fifth game
started like the fourth with the
Huskers jumping out to an 8-2
lead. Nebraska was never seri
ously threatened in winning its
first five-set match since 1998 in
the NCAA regional finals against
Wisconsin - Cook's previous
Now the Huskers await the
rankings after equally impres
sive victories against No. 23
Notre Dame and No. 16
Michigan State on Friday and
Saturday. Cook said only NU or
Hawaii could control the top
spot, though in typical coach
speak, Cook said he's not wor
‘The first couple
games there wasn’t
anybody to block me."
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ried either way.
“We honestly haven't talked
about it,” he said. “I’m not sure if
our players know if we’re third or
second or fourth or fifth.”
By today, chances are they’ll
Marat Safin becomes
first Russian man
to win U.S. Open
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEWYORK - Marat Safin, a giant with a peach-fuzz face and a
grown-up game, turned Pete Sampras into a weekend hacker.
In as thorough a thrashing as anyone has ever given the all
time Grand Slam champion, the 20-year-old Safin became the
first Russian to win the U.S.
Open with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 victory Sunday as he stamped him
self the player of the future in men's tennis.
Boyish and emotional and blessed with talents beyond his
natural power, Safin celebrated by getting down on his knees and
kissing die court in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The youngest champion since Sampras won the first of his
four U.S. Open titles a decade ago, Safin won his first major title
and only the fifth tournament of his brief career in the most lop
sided victory over a former champion in 25 years.
“He reminded me of myself when I was 19 and came here and
won for the first time,” said the 29-year-old Sampras. “The way
he’s playing he’s the future of the game. I didn’t feel old. I felt I was
standing next to a big dude.”
Safin, serving at up to 136 mph and whacking a dozen aces to
push his tournament total to 115, never faced so much as a single
break point until the last game when Sampras finally got two
after Safin opened with a double fault, only his second of the
“I felt no pressure until last game,” Safin said. “He becomes
huge, the racket was huge, everything was huge.”
Safin wiped away those break points quickly, and closed the
1-hour, 38-minute match with a backhand pass that zipped by
Sampras as so many others had before.
Sampras, holder of 13 Grand Slam titles, had lost only twice
before in a major final - against Stefan Edberg in the 1992 U.S.
Open and Andre Agassi in the 1995 Australian Open.
No one had lost in the final so badly since Edberg beat Jim
Courier in 1991. And no former champion had gone down so hard
since Jimmy Connors lost to Manuel Orantes in 1975.
Asked how he returned Sampras’ serve so well, Safin replied,
“You think I know?”
NU soccer team scores
win aqainst Purdue
Huskers. Marie-Claude Henry
accounted for the 7-2 final when
she sliced in front of a Florida
defender, received a Paige
Phillips pass, and deposited the
ball in the net
Defensively, the trio of
Benson, Breanna Boyd, and
Christine Gluck helped limit
Florida to just five shots on goal.
Goalie Karina LeBlanc surren
dered her first point in 379:59
minutes. Laying on the ground
after being kicked in the head,
LeBlanc could only watch as
Florida’s Erica Schubert ended
the shutout streak.
Benson, who switched from
midfielder to defender this year
to ease the loss of All-Americans
Sharolta Nonen and Isabelle
Morneau, said that Nebraska is
still strong defensively.
“Breanna, Christine, and I
came togethfer as a unit this
spring. With the best goalie in the
nation (in LeBlanc), what more
could you ask for,” Benson asked.
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“We were in man-to-man
coverage, and the receiver came
over in motion and crack-blocked
me,” Williams said. “I tried to get
outside. I wish I could have made
“I didn’t believe it. When the
ref put his hands up, I couldn’t
The touchdown by Crouch
had spoiled ND’s bid to upset yet
another No. 1 team in South
Bend. It also evened the NU-ND
series at seven games apiece with
The loss left many Irish play
ers hanging their heads and
grasping for words to describe
how they felt.
“You can’t imagine how much
it hurts,” said Anthony Denman.
“Everyone played with great effort
but it slipped away.
“We knew Nebraska was a
play with them. We are just as
good as they are."
If Denman’s last statement is
true, Irish players may get what
they are hoping for at the end of
the season - a rematch with the
Huskers in a bowl game.
“We have a long season ahead
of us and if we win all of our
games, we should have another
shot at Nebraska,” Battle said.
Getherall said that ND is in
the process of getting its tradition
back, and a spot in the national
title game is what he is gunning
“That is our goal now,” he
said. “We want to play on Jan. 1 or
2 against Nebraska, or whoever
the No. 1 team is.”
ND starts its march towards
that goal next week against
Purdue in South Bend.
“We have to put this behind
us,” Getherall said.
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