Cal's Run In The NCAA Championships Ended by Georgia Tech
May 21, 2007
ATHENS, Ga. - The No. 10 California women's tennis team fell just short of reaching the national title match, as it lost to No. 3 Georgia Tech, 4-2, in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament Monday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. The Golden Bears end their season with a record of 23-7. The Yellow Jackets will face No. 12 seed UCLA in the final tomorrow.
Georgia Tech (28-4) took the doubles point, winning on the top two courts. On the No. 1 court, Kristi Miller and Whitney McCray jumped out to an early lead on the fifth-ranked team of Susie Babos and Zsuzsanna Fodor. The Bears clawed their way back into the match and took the lead, but Miller and McCray eventually won, 8-6, to clinch the opening point. On the second court, Alison Silverio and Amanda Craddock beat Nina Henkel and Stephanie Kusano, 8-2.
'Georgia Tech is the best team we've played all year,' Cal head coach Jan Brogan said. 'They have great doubles teams and they are very well coached. We had solid doubles, but they outplayed us. They deserved to win that doubles point. It was just a great match today.'
Things didn't get much better when singles play began, as Cal lost four first sets. The Bears started to gain some momentum in the second sets, especially on the top court. No. 4 Babos lost the first set in her match against No. 6 Miller, 6-3, but rebounded to dominate the next two sets, 6-3, 6-0.
Cristina Visico, who clinched yesterday's win over No. 2 Georgia, tallied a straight-set victory over Tarryn Rudman, 6-4, 6-2. Babos and Visico's wins were critical since the Yellow Jackets held a 3-0 match lead.
The contest was clinched on the fifth court where Marion Ravelojaona fell to Christy Striplin, 2-6, 6-1, 4-6. After losing the first set and coming back to decisively win the second, Ravelojaona couldn't hold on to her 4-1 lead in the third set as Striplin sent Georgia Tech into the NCAA title match.
Babos, Fodor and Henkel will remain in Athens for the NCAA singles and doubles championships. The singles draw starts Wednesday, May 23, and the doubles tournament begins May 24. Babos and Fodor will compete as a doubles team as well as in singles.
(4) Susie Babos (Cal) def. (6) Kristi Miller (GT) 2-6, 6-3, 6-0
(12) Zsuzsanna Fodor (Cal) vs. (93) Alison Silverio (GT) DNF
(71) Amanda Craddock (GT) def. (22) Nina Henkel (Cal) 3-6, 6-2, 1-6
(94) Amanda McDowell (GT) def. (89) Stephanie Kusano (Cal) 6-3, 6-0
(62) Christy Striplin (GT) def. Marion Ravelojaona (Cal) 2-6, 6-1, 4-6
(97) Cristina Visico (Cal) def (108) Tarryn Rudman (GT) 6-4, 6-2
Miller/Whitney McCray (GT) def. (5) Babos/Fodor (Cal) 8-6
Silverio/Craddock (GT) def. Henkel/Kusano (Cal) 8-2
Ilcinkas/Marion Ravelojaona (Cal) vs. Rudman/Kirsten Flower (GT) DNF
Order of Finish:
Doubles: 2, 1
Singles: 4, 3, 6, 1, 5