Venus Williams lifted undefeated Washington to the World TeamTennis final Saturday, beating former Capital Ashley Harkleroad in the evening's last set to secure the Kastles' 19-15 victory over the New York Sportimes in Charleston, S.C.
The teams were tied 14-14 entering the set, and Williams' 5-1 victory over Harkleroad kept the Eastern Conference champion Kastles' winning streak intact.
The Kastles, 15-0 on the season and winners of 31 straight WTT matches, face the Capitals (8-7) today for the championship. Sacramento beat the Orange County Breakers 25-15 Friday in the Western Conference final.
"I have never played in a final after playing World TeamTennis for the past 12 years. This was huge for me," said Williams, a five-time Wimbledon singles champion. .
Williams lost her serve in the first game of the final set, giving the Sportimes their first lead of the night at 15-14. But Williams won the next five games, breaking Harkleroad at love in the last one, to put the Kastles into the championship match.
The No. 12 UC Davis men's water polo team bounced back from an 11-4 loss to No. 5 UC Santa Barbara by taking a 5-3 Western Water Polo Association victory from No. 14 Santa Clara on the first day of the NorCal Invitational at Stanford, UCD reported.
The Aggies moved to 5-2 overall and 5-0 in the WWPA.
UCD's Bernie Rogers scored twice against the Gauchos, and teammate Chris Richardson had two goals against the Broncos.
Katie Quinn and Victoria Lee combined for 22 kills and .513 hitting, but the UC Davis women's volleyball team (6-7) lost to Southeast Missouri 25-22, 25-21, 27-25 at the Butler Invitational in Indianapolis' historic Hinkle Fieldhouse, UCD reported.
The Aggies open Big West Conference play against Pacific next Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Pavilion.
Bee Sports staff
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