McGaffigan advances to second round of NCAAs

Wisconsin junior scores upset three-set win in women's singles championships

Katie McGaffigan rallied for a come-from-behind three-set victory in the first round of the women's singles NCAA Championships Monday morning in Athens, Ga.

McGaffigan, ranked No. 73 in the nation, dropped the first set to No. 35 South Carolina sophomore Danielle Wiggins but fought back and won the final two games of the decisive third set for a 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 match victory. McGaffigan improves to 23-16 overall and 16-10 in the spring season. Wiggins finishes her year 21-13.

"Katie finished the match great; she really stepped it up at five all," Wisconsin coach Patti Henderson said. "She got off to a slow start, I think from nerves, and was making some unforced errors at the beginning. Once she settled down, she improved tactically and did much better."

With the win, McGaffigan, who is making her first trip to the championships, advances to face Miami junior Megan Bradley (34-5), the sixth-ranked player in the country, at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the round of 32. Bradley handled Stanford junior Erin Burdette 6-3, 7-6 Monday. Bradley is 23-2 this spring.

McGaffigan will also take to the courts at the University of Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex Tuesday afternoon when she teams with fellow Wisconsin junior Lindsay Martin for the doubles portion of the tournament. Martin and McGaffigan (23-13), ranked No. 42, will face the No. 13 Clemson tandem of freshman Maria Brito and junior Julie Coin (24-5) at 1 p.m.

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