The Wisconsin women's tennis team wrote the final chapter of the 2004 season with two post-season defeats on Tuesday at the NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga.
Katie McGaffigan was looking for an upset over Miami's sixth-ranked Megan Bradley but was unable to pull it off. The Wisconsin junior stayed close to Bradley during the opening set and took her to a first-set tiebreaker but fell short 7-6. Bradley then closed out the match and McGaffigan's season in the second set, 6-1.
"(Katie McGaffigan) came out playing really well," Bradley said. "I was not playing my game plan (in the first set). I had to tweak my game plan a little and not be quite as aggressive as I like to be. In the second set, I stayed calm and did what I needed to do to win the points."
After making her first appearance in the NCAA championships, McGaffigan closed out the year 23-17 overall and 16-11 during the spring season. As for Bradley, she will go on to the next round and face Florida's Jennifer Magley on Wednesday. Since Bradley made it to the final 16, she automatically became a first-team All-American—the first for Miami since 1995.
McGaffigan endured one more defeat on Tuesday but this time alongside her teammate and fellow junior Lindsay Martin. The No. 42 Wisconsin pair went up against Clemson's No. 13 duo of Maria Brito and Julie Coin. Wisconsin fell quickly in the first set, 6-3 and ended up with the same results in the following set.
The opening round defeat gave McGaffigan and Martin a 23-14 record on the season. Brito and Coin will move on to the next round with their match-up against Northwestern's Cristelle Grier and Jessica Rush.