California, Stanford and UCLA Advance to NCAA Semifinals
May 21, 2007
Bears Upset Bulldogs and Move On To Semifinals in NCAA Championships
ATHENS, Ga. - The quest for a team national championship continues for the California women's tennis team. The No. 10 seed Golden Bears upset No. 2 seed Georgia, 4-1, Sunday on the Bulldogs home court, the Dan Magill Tennis Complex, and advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA championships. This is the first time since 2003 Cal (23-6) has reached the semifinals. The loss was only the second for Georgia, as its season ends with a final record of 24-2.
'I am speechless,' Cal head coach Jan Brogan said. 'Heart and spirit is what won this one for us tonight. I know this is a big disappointment for Jeff Wallace (Georgia head coach) and his team because I know it's hard to be the top dog when people are gunning for you. Our girls played well, they competed well all night long. This has to rank up there as one of the best matches (in my coaching career).'
The fifth-ranked doubles team of Susie Babos and Zsuzsanna Fodor rebounded after a tough loss against Clemson in the previous round and earned the first doubles win for the Bears. They knocked off the seventh-ranked duo of Yvette Hyndman and Darya Ivanov, 8-4. Cal clinched the doubles point on the third court where Claire Ilcinkas and Marion Ravelojaona defeated Natalie Frazier and Naoko Ueshima, 8-5.
In singles, 12th-ranked Fodor has been on fire in the NCAA Tournament and didn't cool off one bit against the Bulldogs. After Georgia won the first singles match on the top court, Fodor regained the lead for the Bears with a straight-set victory on the No. 2 court. She beat Monika Dancevic, 6-1, 6-3.
On the third court, No. 22 Nina Henkel rebounded after dropping the first set in her match against Hyndman. Henkel came back to win the next two sets and won the match by the score of 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Cristina Visico sent the Bears into the semifinals with her victory on the fifth court. She defeated Ivanov, 7-5, 6-4. After coming back to win a close first set, Visico carried that momentum in the second set and won convincingly.
This is Cal's sixth appearance all time in the semifinals and the first since 2003. The Bears have yet to advance to the national title match.
In the semifinals, Cal will take on No. 3 seed Georgia Tech Monday, May 21, at 3 p.m. (PT). Georgia Tech defeated Notre Dame, 4-2, in its quarterfinal match. Cal is one of three teams from the Pac-10 to advance to the semifinals. In the other semifinal match, top-ranked Stanford faces No. 12 seed UCLA.
(7) Natalie Frazier (GA) def. (4) Susie Babos (Cal) 6-2, 6-2
(12) Zsuzsanna Fodor (Cal) def. (32) Monika Dancevic (GA) 6-1, 6-3
(22) Nina Henkel (Cal) def. (68) Yvette Hyndman (GA) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
(89) Stephanie Kusano (Cal) vs. Kelley Hyndman (GA) DNF
(97) Cristina Visico (Cal) def (72) Darya Ivanov (GA) 7-5, 6-4
Claire Ilcinkas (Cal) vs. Naoko Ueshima (GA) DNF
(5) Babos/Fodor (Cal) def. (7) Y. Hyndman/Ivanov (GA) 8-4
Henkel/Kusano (Cal) vs. Dancevic/K. Hyndman (GA) DNF
Ilcinkas/Marion Ravelojaona (Cal) def Frazier/Ueshima (GA) 8-5
No. 1 Stanford Women's Tennis Rolls Into Semis; Tops Miami 4-1
ATHENS, Ga.- Whitney Deason's 6-2, 6-4 victory at the No. 5 position secured a 4-1 win for No. 1 Stanford over No. 9 Miami on Sunday afternoon in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Championships.Riding a 21-match winning streak, Stanford (24-1) advances to Monday's semifinal round and will attempt to defeat No. 12 UCLA for a third time this year.
The three-time defending national champion Cardinal continues its postseason dominance, having won 22 in a row dating back to its last loss against Florida in the 2003 national championship. A 15-time NCAA champion, Stanford has qualified for the semifinals in 25 of the 26 NCAA Championships.
Sunday's contest was a rematch of last year's national title match, which resulted in a 4-1 Cardinal win. Miami (22-7) had reached the quarterfinal round with a thrilling 4-3 win over USC on Friday afternoon.
After a very tight doubles competition, the Cardinal surged ahead with quick leads at the bottom three spots of the lineup. It was Deason's 25th win of the year and second in the postseason that iced the match.
Stanford opened the match by capturing the doubles point for the 22nd time in 25 matches. Deason and Theresa Logar checked in first with an 8-6 win at No. 3, followed by Celia Durkin and Jessica Nguyen winning for the first time in the postseason with an 8-6 result at the No. 2 spot.
Leading 1-0, Durkin quickly ambushed Miami's Audrey Banada 6-2, 6-3 at the No. 3 position for a 2-0 lead. Durkin, 13-6 against nationally-ranked opponents, has won 14 of her last 17 matches overall.
Georgia native Lindsay Burdette, playing in front of a group of family and friends, breezed to a 6-1, 6-1 victory at No. 6. Burdette is now tied with Durkin for the team lead in victories with 28.
Miami was now down 3-0 in the match and had already dropped the first set at Nos. 4 and 5. But the Hurricanes were winning at the top two spots of the lineup and earned their only point when Audra Cohen, ranked No. 1 in the country, downed Logar 6-0, 6-3.
Miami continued to hold the edge at No. 2 while Stanford was close to clinching at Nos. 4 and 5. Deason's 6-2, 6-4 triumph over Romy Farah served as the clincher, finishing just before a match point opportunity for the Hurricanes at No. 2.
Stanford and UCLA will meet at 12 p.m. PST on Monday in the semifinals.
#1 Stanford 4, #9 Miami 1
1. #1 Audra Cohen (MIA) d. #8 Theresa Logar (STAN) 6-0, 6-3
2. #21 Laura Vallverdu (MIA) led #17 Anne Yelsey (STAN) 7-5, 5-2, aban.
3. #14 Celia Durkin (STAN) d. #48 Audrey Banada (MIA) 6-2, 6-3
4. #96 Whitney Deason (STAN) d. Romy Farah (MIA) 6-2, 6-4
5. #20 Jessica Nguyen (STAN) led Caren Seenauth (MIA) 6-1, 5-2, aban.
6. #41 Lindsay Burdette (STAN) d. Gina Sabatino (MIA) 6-1, 6-1
1. #21 Burdette/Yelsey (STAN) vs. #17 Cohen/Vallverdu (MIA) 7-7, aban.
2. #42 Durkin/Nguyen (STAN) d. Farrah/Seenauth (MIA) 8-6
3. Deason/Logar (STAN) d. Banada/Sabatino (MIA) 8-6
No. 12 UCLA Downs No. 4 Florida, 4-3 in NCAA Quarters
Athens, Ga. - Senior Alex McGoodwin's match-clinching victory at the No. 5 position helped the No. 12 UCLA women's tennis team post a 4-3 upset over fourth-ranked Florida in the NCAA Quarterfinals on Sunday at the University of Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex. The Bruins (20-7), who advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2004, will take on top-ranked Stanford on Monday at 3:00 p.m. (EST). The Cardinal defeated No. 9 Miami, 4-1 on Sunday.
With the team score tied at 3-3, McGoodwin found herself serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set. Her opponent, Csilla Borsanyi, saved three match points to break for 5-5. The match eventually went to a tiebreaker where McGoodwin closed it out 7-4.
'It was a really tight match, especially when I got broken there late in the second set,' said McGoodwin. 'I think we were both nervous and we both really, really wanted to win. When I got broken, I just settled down and told myself to go back, serve and just play hard. I was hoping Riza (Zalameda) could close out the match at No. 1, but when it came down to 3-all, I knew I just had to keep playing as hard as I can.'
UCLA actually owned a 3-0 lead in the match before Florida stormed back to tie it at 3-all. The Bruins took the doubles point with a pair of victories at court Nos. 1 and 3. Elizabeth Lumpkin and Stephanie Wetmore clinched the point when they defeated Megan Alexander/Anastasia Revzina, 8-6 at court No. 3. Court No. 2 was tied at 5-5 when play was suspended.
'The doubles point was obviously big for us today,' said head coach Stella Sampras Webster. 'Generally, when we win the doubles point, we can win every match we play'.
Already with a 1-0 lead heading into singles action, UCLA jumped out to a 2-0 advantage when freshman Yasmin Schnack dismantled Revzina, 6-4, 6-1 at court No. 3. The Bruins then moved within a point of clinching, as Lumpkin took a 6-2, 6-4 decision against Whitney Benik at court No. 6 to make it 3-0.
Florida, however, didn't go down without a fight, as the Gators took the next three matches to even it up. Next off was court No. 3, where Alexander notched a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Tracy Lin. Court No. 4 was next to finish, as Nina Suvak downed Bruin sophomore Ashley Joelson, 6-3, 7-5. Florida's Diana Srebovic then made things interesting, coming back after losing the second set at love to defeat Riza Zalameda, 6-3, 0-6, 7-5.
Srebovic's victory at court No. 1 set up McGoodwin's match-clinching win at court No. 5, the first of her career.
'Florida made us work for everything we got today,' added Sampras Webster. 'We knew it would come down to the wire and it did. I'm just really proud of our only senior for coming through. She pulled it out for us. I think we're playing with great confidence right now, probably our best tennis of the season.'
The Bruins dropped a pair of 4-3 decisions to Stanford during the regular season. UCLA is making its eighth appearance in the NCAA Semifinals and first since advancing all the way to the finals in 2004. Sunday's victory avenges a 4-3 loss to Florida in last year's round of 16. Florida ends its season 24-3 overall.
NCAA Women's Tennis Championships - Quarterfinals
#12 UCLA 4, #4 Florida 3 (at Athens, Ga.)
1. (19) Schnack/Zalameda (UCLA) def. (15) Borsanyi/Srebovic (UF) - 8-2
2. (53) Joelson/McGoodwin (UCLA) led Benik/Suvak (UF) - 6-5 Susp.
3. (41) Lumpkin/Stephanie Wetmore (UCLA) def. Alexander/Revzina (UF) - 8-6
1. (23) Diana Srebovic (UF) def. (15) Riza Zalameda (UCLA) - 6-3, 0-6, 7-5
2. (39) Megan Alexander (UF) def. (40) Tracy Lin (UCLA) - 6-2, 6-4
3. (56) Yasmin Schnack (UCLA) def. (92) Anastasia Revzina (UF) - 6-4, 6-1
4. (122) Nina Suvak (UF) def. (107) Ashley Joelson (UCLA) - 6-3, 7-5
5. Alex McGoodwin (UCLA) def. (58) Csilla Borsanyi (UF) - 6-4, 7-6(4)*
6. Elizabeth Lumpkin (UCLA) def. Whitney Benik (UF) - 6-2, 6-4