May 18, 2012
#1 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (30-1) def. #16 ILLINOIS (19-8), 4-0 - Henry Feild Stadium
Head Coaches: Peter Smith (SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA) and Brad Dancer (ILLINOIS)
1. #2 Steve Johnson/Roberto Quiroz (SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA) def. #21 Roy Kalmanovich/Dennis Nevolo (ILLINOIS), 8-6
2. #35 Daniel Nguyen/Ray Sarmiento (SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA) def. Ross Guignon/Tim Kopinski (ILLINOIS), 8-4
3. Bruno Abdelnour/Stephen Hoh (ILLINOIS) def. Emilio Gomez/Yannick Hanfmann (SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA), 8-6
1. #1 Steve Johnson (SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA) vs. #7 Dennis Nevolo (ILLINOIS), 6-4, 6-3
2. #25 Ray Sarmiento (SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA) vs. #31 Roy Kalmanovich (ILLINOIS), 6-3, 6-2
3. #21 Daniel Nguyen (SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA) vs. Bruno Abdelnour (ILLINOIS), 6-4, 1-4, unfinished
4. #57 Emilio Gomez (SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA) def. Tim Kopinski (ILLINOIS), 6-0, 6-3
5. #51 Yannick Hanfmann (SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA) vs. Stephen Hoh (ILLINOIS), 6-2, 5-3, unfinished
6. Roberto Quiroz (SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA) vs. Ross Guignon (ILLINOIS), 7-5, 4-1, unfinished
Order of Finish
USC Head Coach Peter Smith
On being challenged with doubles play...
"I was really happy it was close. We're down 7-2, 7-3 and then we come back and we lose 8-6 at court 3 and all of those things. We need experiences playing in tough situations, and they gave it to us in doubles."
On singles play...
"We thought we had some really good matchups. That's as good as I've seen (Ray Sarmiento) play all year. And (Steve Johnson) was Stevie. Stevie gets going and it's a train that's hard to get out of the way."
"When its on three courts, everything is amplified. Its like a dual match squared. Momentum swings are greater. The call at the end of the match swung the momentum in our favor. Stevie has been in that situation. He's not uncomfortable, that's for sure."
On senior Steve Johnson...
"Someone yelled from the stands "He doesn't want it." Not Steve Johnson. Steve Johnson wants it as much as everyone I've ever met. He's a competitor. And a competitor wants a challenge. If someone is going to give hm a challenge, he's going to rise to it. He's pretty special. He's a talented kid and a talented competitor."
USC's Steve Johnson
On the intensity of the match...
"It's motivation. I don't think we should feel too much pressure. The other team should have to press and feel the pressure against us. We're very solid for top to bottom. I go out there with nothing to lose and try to play my game."
On being the top seed...
"I think it's a great thing. I've been in similar situations the last couple years. I'ts nice to take some of the pressure off the younger guys. WE know what it takes. We'll put that on our shoulders. I'm growing into the role of being a leader and helping the younger guys."
Illinois Head Coach Brad Dancer
Thoughts on the match...
"I don't feel like we came out up tight. We're just coming out to play our game and if they're really too good for us then they're too good for us. If not, we'll see from there. There's the intimidation factor they bring having won all the championships in a row. I think the more you focus on that the worst you're going to play. And maybe that happened to a few guys today but for the most part I think USC deserves all the credit there."
On Dennis Nevolo...
"I think Dennis came out with the right game plan, the right idea. It seemed like he got a little score conscious in terms of how he played his points. He lost his aggressiveness. He lost his assertiveness."
Illinois' Dennis Nevolo
Thoughts on the match...
"It was a little frustrating. I had a break in the first set and was holding on pretty strong. He was pretty tense which was exactly what I wanted. He took advantage of my serve and may have won 12 points after that which is absurd and I can typically return anyone's serve. Kudos to him, he was serving great."
#8 DUKE (25-5) def. #17-32 BAYLOR (19-12), 4-0 - McWhorter Courts
Head Coaches: Ramsey Smith (DUKE) and Matt Knoll (BAYLOR)
1. #16 Henrique Cunha/Chris Mengel (DUKE) vs. Diego Galeano/Mate Zsiga (BAYLOR), 5-7, unfinished
2. David Holland/Fred Saba (DUKE) def. #45 Kike Grangeiro/Roberto Maytin (BAYLOR), 8-4
3. Raphael Hemmeler/Torsten Wietoska (DUKE) def. Julian Bley/Marko Krickovic (BAYLOR), 8-2
1. #5 Henrique Cunha (DUKE) def. #17 Mate Zsiga (BAYLOR), 6-4, 6-1
2. #38 Chris Mengel (DUKE) def. #86 Roberto Maytin (BAYLOR), 7-5, 6-4
3. #113 Torsten Wietoska (DUKE) vs. Marko Krickovic (BAYLOR), 6-4, 3-5, unfinished
4. Fred Saba (DUKE) vs. Diego Galeano (BAYLOR), 3-6, 5-6, unfinished
5. Raphael Hemmeler (DUKE) vs. Kike Grangeiro (BAYLOR), 6-4, 5-4, unfinished
6. Jason Tahir (DUKE) def. Julian Bley (BAYLOR), 7-5, 6-0
Order of Finish
Duke Head Coach Ramsey Smith
"I think we really set the tone in doubles. We came out with extraordinary energy and got up big on two and three. That really set the tone and gave us a lot of momentum going into singles."
"In the past 10 to 12 years, [Baylor] has finished top-10 almost every single year. They have a lot of veterans on the team as well, a bunch of seniors. They're a tough out and they're playing their best tennis of the year going into this tournament. So we were ready for a battle, and I'm just really proud of our guys."
"We were just really prepared. We had a couple really good days of practice. We were focusing hard on doubles. David Holland has been our leader in terms of energy with doubles. He just gets the guys going, and it was a phenomenal start in doubles. With the format in the tournament here, the doubles point is so key and it against our singles, it makes it really tough to have to win four singles."
"They're the team to beat. They certainly have some pressure on them - I think this is the first year they've been seeded No 1. We have beat them the last two years. They got us pretty handily at National Indoors but we know we can beat them. We know they're beatable. They did lose this year. And we're in a really good place right now so we're going to give them everything we've got and we're looking forward to it."
Duke's Chris Mengel
On clinching the match...
"That was awesome. I haven't really had a great ending to the year, so that was important for me individually. But I think we set the tone in doubles. David Holland and Fred Saba did a great job - energy-wise, they really picked it up. And we really crushed them in No. 2 and No. 3 doubles - that was huge. We knew we needed doubles - they're a good team, they're definitely under-ranked, so we needed the doubles point to make things a little easier on us."
"Obviously, they're a good team. They've won three years in a row. But we've had our fair share of luck against them and success. We've beaten them two years in a row, so that has to count for something. We definitely respect them a lot. They're a great team all the way through, but we definitely have a fighting chance."
On needing to win doubles against USC...
"It would really set the tone. If we want to put some pressure on them early, doubles is the way to do it. With a great team like that, it's hard to win four singles. It's possible, but doubles would be huge for us."
Baylor Head Coach Matt Knoll
Thoughts on the team...
"It's hard to imagine what they are right now but I thought this team continued to fight. I asked them to keep working and try to get a little bit better. As funny as it sounds, I think if the season was another month we'd get another 2 percent better, and I think we'd be good enough to win a match like today. But today we weren't good enough."
Thoughts on Duke...
"They're better than us. They focused better than we did up and down the line. I was a little surprised; we were a little bit nervous,which I didn't expect. I thought we'd come in here and swing for the fences and be loose, but we weren't. I think it's easy to say that's youth but that's something we need to do better. We need to have the expectation that we've got to be in this match and be ready to win it."
#5 OHIO STATE (34-3) def. #12 FLORIDA (16-10), 4-1 - McWhorter Courts
Head Coaches: Ty Tucker (OHIO STATE) and Andy Jackson (FLORIDA)
1. #1 Chase Buchanan/Blaz Rola (OHIO STATE) def. Tripper Carleton/Nassim Slilam (FLORIDA), 8-1
2. #32 Devin McCarthy/Ille Van Engelen (OHIO STATE) vs. #64 Spencer Newman/Bob van Overbeek (FLORIDA), 5-6, unfinished
3. Peter Kobelt/Connor Smith (OHIO STATE) def. Mike Alford/Florent Diep (FLORIDA), 8-3
1. #10 Chase Buchanan (OHIO STATE) def. #42 Bob van Overbeek (FLORIDA), 6-3, 6-3
2. #9 Blaz Rola (OHIO STATE) def. #48 Tripper Carleton (FLORIDA), 6-4, 6-1
3. #67 Peter Kobelt (OHIO STATE) vs. #53 Nassim Slilam (FLORIDA), 2-6, 7-5, 0-1, unfinished
4. Ille Van Engelen (OHIO STATE) vs. #66 Spencer Newman (FLORIDA), 4-6, 5-2, unfinished
5. Florent Diep (FLORIDA) def. #85 Devin McCarthy (OHIO STATE), 6-4, 6-2
6. Connor Smith (OHIO STATE) def. Mike Alford (FLORIDA), 5-7, 6-1, 6-0
Order of Finish
Ohio State Head Coach Ty Tucker
"We were pretty fortunate to make it through the match. We started off with some high level doubles. We were able to secure the doubles point pretty quickly. We knew the toughest positions with Florida were singles. We knew we would have our hands full at 3 through 6 singles. We were in some trouble, but we put a lot of time in the practice court, and we have guys who like to compete, so I felt if we could make a move in the second set of a match we just needed to find one other point. Connor Smith was able to get a break at 2-1 and make it 3-1. (Mike Alford) had to take an injury time out and wasn't able to compete his best from there are out. It obviously felt pretty good, but you had to feel for the kid who was in some pain and had to work his tail off. I give a lot of credit to Mike Alford. He kept playing."
On being only Big Ten team remaining...
"We spend a lot of time playing indoor tennis. It's trying times because when you get out side in the midwest in March and February, you're dealing with 25 mph winds. You're not getting great practice. It's not as clean as you like it. We're trying to run them and do everything possible we can to get them ready for the heat that we will face here. We have guys that know the importance of focusing on every point. Connor did what he needed to do."
Ohio State's Connor Smith
On playing with against injured opponent...
"I tried focusing on every point and block out what he was doing. Sometimes its tough, but you just have to keep swinging. It looked brutal. I've known him for a while - we're both from Tampa. I just told him I hoped he felt better."
On adjustment after medical timeout...
"There is definitely an adjustment. The speed of the ball definitely changes. You have to change your footwork. You have to try to get every ball deep and keep him moving."
Ohio State's Chase Buchanan
"I tried not to look at the scoreboard as much as I could and tried to take care of my match. At one point, we were in trouble. A lot of the teammates bounced back well which was impressive. They were competing hard. I wasn't really worried. WE practice a lot and we're pretty prepared for this. I was happy with everything. The team played great."
On the loss to Illinois...
"It gave us a lot of motivation over the last two weeks. We've had really good practices. It was a good wakeup call for the team."
Florida Head Coach Andy Jackson
On today's match...
"I have to hand it to Ohio State and coach Tucker. I think that they are one of the premier programs in the county. I think they are very tough, he's a great coach and they have a really good team. They played a tough match today. I am proud of my team. We could have done more, but the match played out along the lines of what we thought it might. They are very good at three spots, [doubles and one and two singles], and I sort of felt like we had a good chance to win three, four, and five. Six was a toss up, and we ran out of gas at six and Ohio State goes forward."
#4 UCLA (25-3) def. #13 OLE MISS (15-9), 4-1 - Henry Feild Stadium
Head Coaches: Billy Martin (UCLA) and Billy Chadwick (OLE MISS)
1. #13 Jonas Lutjen/Nik Scholtz (OLE MISS) def. #44 Alex Brigham/Adrien Puget (UCLA), 8-5
2. #85 Nick Meister/Dennis Novikov (UCLA) vs. #17 Chris Thiemann/Marcel Thiemann (OLE MISS), 6-6, unfinished
3. Johan Backstrom/William Kallberg (OLE MISS) def. Marcos Giron/Warren Hardie (UCLA), 9-8(4)
1. #62 Clay Thompson (UCLA) vs. #14 Nik Scholtz (OLE MISS), 7-6(8), 2-6, 2-2, unfinished
2. #16 Nick Meister (UCLA) vs. #20 Marcel Thiemann (OLE MISS), 6-3, 4-6, 2-2, unfinished
3. Dennis Novikov (UCLA) def. #45 Jonas Lutjen (OLE MISS), 6-4, 6-2
4. #84 Marcos Giron (UCLA) def. #83 William Kallberg (OLE MISS), 6-2, 6-4
5. #46 Adrien Puget (UCLA) def. Johan Backstrom (OLE MISS), 6-1, 6-2
6. Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) vs. Chris Thiemann (OLE MISS), 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-2
Order of Finish
UCLA head coach Billy Martin
"As I expected it was a really tough battle. Before the draw was made, you can kind of have a feeling of three teams you might play, and the one team I didn't want to play was Mississippi."
On history with Ole Miss...
"We just had an incredibly tough match. We had to play them the last match of their regional for the final 16 last year, and quite honestly, we were very lucky to win. We squeaked it out."
On losing the doubles point...
"I know (Ole Miss Coach) Billy Chadwick and his teams fight like heck. They're always in good shape. I just knew it was going to be a really difficult match for us. Losing that doubles point put us in a deep hole. We had been really strong at 4, 5, and 6 all year and they came through for us, especially 4 and 5. They got us back on the board and gave us some confidence. (Freshman Dennis Novikov) probably played his best match. He's only been with us since the beginning of April, but what better time to do it than today."
"But then it all got close. I was starting to get really worried that they were going to do us what we kind of did to them last May. But I'm so glad to get through it and looking forward for another tough opponent to get flat."
On Ohio State...
"We've had tough battles with them. We played them in the semis in 2009 down at Texas A&M. Ty's got a great record going and his teams are always very physical. They generally play very good doubles and are very aggressive. With (Chase Buchanan) and (Blaz Rola) at 1 and 2 singles and doubles, that's a tough punch."
"We'll give it our best shot in the doubles and go out and compete in all the singles. Like Nick (Meister) said, we certainly respect all these teams, but on a given day we have a chance to beat anybody. We're going to come out that we get a little lucky and that we can maybe do it."
UCLA's Nick Meister
"I just think all of the guys believe that they can beat anybody. There's not a team out there we can't beat. When we step on the court with these teams that are top five in the country, we believe that we can win."
On getting to the quarterfinals...
"It shows that our team likes to compete in this kind of environment. There's always a little more pressure with these courts and it's a sudden death match. It shows the guys came to win and they weren't running away from the challenge."
On the USC win (Regular season match on April 20)...
"We came back. We were down 3-0, and our guys just started crawling back into each match. As soon as I won my match, it kind dominoed. It shows the momentum of each match is pretty important. It's kind of what Ole Miss could've done to us today. If one of them goes there way, who knows what happens."
Ole Miss Head Coach Billy Chadwick
On today's match...
"You have to hand it to UCLA. They did a very, very good job of playing well in the singles. We took the doubles point, we put some pressure on them and they did a great job in their first set. The doubles point on this level is almost always up for grabs. I felt we did a little bit better job than them in just being determined in finding a way to win. I felt that we did an exceptional job of coming back and even in the third set it was really tight. We had two games that we had great points in and they came up with big shots on those break points so you have to hand it to them."
On Nik Scholtz...
"You saw Nik really show he was a freshman at the start of the doubles because he missed a couple shots that he usually doesn't miss, he got broken. The thing that was impressive was that he did an excellent job of rebounding in the doubles and winning convincingly."
Ole Miss' Nik Scholtz
On today's match...
"We fought hard and winning the doubles point was our first goal and we achieved that. Unfortunately we couldn't put it together. I think the match was definitely closer than the score suggests. In my singles, in my first set, I think I got one out of fifteen which is the worst it's ever been. I was really unlucky to lose that set. In the second set I played well and I capitalized better on my opportunities. I try not to look at the score too much when I play but you can definitely feel the mood shift when you play. Our goal was to reach the sweet sixteen and we did that so overall I think we had a good season."
#3 VIRGINIA (27-1) def. #14 CALIFORNIA (14-12), 4-0 - Henry Feild Stadium
Head Coaches: Brian Boland (VIRGINIA) and Peter Wright (CALIFORNIA)
1. #5 Drew Courtney/Jarmere Jenkins (VIRGINIA) vs. #6 Nick Andrews/Christoffer Konigsfeldt (CALIFORNIA), 8-3
2. Julen Uriguen/Justin Shane (VIRGINIA) vs. #56 Carlos Cueto/Ben McLachlan (CALIFORNIA), 7-3, unfinished
3. Alex Domijan/Mitchell Frank (VIRGINIA) vs. Gregory Bayane/Andrew Scholnick (CALIFORNIA), 8-3
1. #4 Jarmere Jenkins (VIRGINIA) vs. #37 Ben McLachlan (CALIFORNIA) , 6-3, 5-6, unfinished
2. #39 Alex Domijan (VIRGINIA) def. #58 Nick Andrews (CALIFORNIA), 6-1, 6-3
3. #2 Mitchell Frank (VIRGINIA) def. #70 Carlos Cueto (CALIFORNIA), 6-4, 6-4
4. Drew Courtney (VIRGINIA) vs. Christoffer Konigsfeldt (CALIFORNIA), 6-2, 4-6, 2-3, unfinished
5. #82 Justin Shane (VIRGINIA) def. Gregory Bayane (CALIFORNIA), 6-1, 6-3
6. Julen Uriguen (VIRGINIA) vs. Riki McLachlan (CALIFORNIA), 7-6(7), 2-0, unfinished
Order of Finish
Virginia Head Coach Brian Boland
"We played a great match. Obviously I was thrilled with how we came (out) in doubles. We worked really hard in that over the last couple months. I think we're playing at an extremely high level so that's certainly helpful for us. We did a decent job of carrying that into the first sets of singles."
"Give Cal a lot of credit for battling and staying in there at No. 4 singles. I know the No. 1 singles was on serve."
"It was a good match. Cal's a good team and we have a lot of respect for them. They did a great job getting here and had a wonderful season. So we're happy to continue to move on and look forward to what will be a tough match on Sunday."
Virginia's Mitchell Frank
"It's very exciting to be here. The big crowds; it reminds me a lot of Kalamazoo. I'm excited to be playing here and going into the quarterfinals against Kentucky or Stanford.
Virginia's Jarmere Jenkins
On playing close to home...
"It's great to have a lot of my friends a family come down."
"I have eight brothers and one sister. So from there, I've got tons of cousins, friends. I was handing in Becky my guest list and it had like 70 people on it."
"Every year I still start off with a little bit of nerves, but it gets better as the tournament goes on. I'm pretty excited and hopefully things turn out well."
California Head Coach Peter Wright
"Virginia came out and played well in the doubles, and we've had a pretty good doubles team this year. They put us on our heels early, and we didn't recover form that in the whole match. That certainly was an area for us that we felt we would have a good chance. But they outplayed us from the start."
"Our guys battled back pretty well. Out guys went down early in a lot of the courts. Im proud of the way my guys competed today. You tip your hat to Virginia. They're playing well. They're a solid squad and are very talented guys."
On what you told your team after the match...
"I'm proud of how our guys competed. We had a tough road to the NCAA's. Just as all the teams who were here and some whoa rent here, we've had some adversity along the way. I'm really proud of my guys in what they've accomplished and what we've accomplished. Being here and the whole team being here was a testament to how hard our team fought all year.
On UVA junior Jarmere Jenkins...
"He's obviously a super fast guy and plays defense as well as anybody out there. That was a competitive match. Our guy, not to make excuses, he had a 103 degree temperature a couple days ago. He's playing with strep throat right now. But he competed well. That match wasn't over. Jarmere is one of the top players in the country and makes you play that extra ball."
#11 STANFORD (20-8) def. #6 KENTUCKY (28-6), 4-1 - McWhorter Courts
Head Coaches: Dennis Emery (KENTUCKY) and John Whitlinger (STANFORD)
Doubles (Order of finish: 3,1)
1. #7 Panav Jha/Eric Quigley (KENTUCKY) def. Denis Lin/Ryan Thacher (STANFORD), 8-2
2. #38 Alex Musialek/Anthony Rossi (KENTUCKY) vs. Bradley Klahn/John Morrissey (STANFORD), 4-5, unfinished
3. Alejandro Gomez/Tom Jomby (KENTUCKY) def. Jamin Ball/Matt Kandath (STANFORD), 8-2
Singles (Order of finish: 1,2,5,4*)
1. #36 Bradley Klahn (STANFORD) def. #3 Eric Quigley (KENTUCKY), 6-1, 6-2
2. #29 Ryan Thacher (STANFORD) def. #15 Alex Musialek (KENTUCKY), 6-1, 7-5
3. Matt Kandath (STANFORD) vs. #22 Anthony Rossi (KENTUCKY), 6-3, 3-6, 5-4, unfinished
4. John Morrissey (STANFORD) def. #80 Tom Jomby (KENTUCKY), 6-1, 3-6, 5-4, default
5. Daniel Ho (STANFORD) def. #111 Alejandro Gomez (KENTUCKY), 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
6. Robert Stineman (STANFORD) vs. Grant Roberts (KENTUCKY), 6-3, 4-6, 1-1, unfinished
Stanford Coach John Whitlinger
"This is a great team. Kentucky beat Georgia here, and we had a good match with them at the team indoor. They knew us, we knew them."
On talking to team after losing doubles point...
"I went back in after the doubles, which was not close. They focused and came out. I said `try to find out a next gear. That other gear you don't think you have. You find it, and let's go with it.' Obviously the guys did. I can't say enough about how we competed."
Stanford's Bradley Klahn
On being back in Athens...
"I've played well here in the past. These last two weeks; training hard has certainly built up my confidence level lately."
"I feel like I've been kind of keeping that trend of getting a little bit better each week. I'm glad I was able to come out here and show the good work that I've been putting off."
On his singles matchup...
"Eric's a great player. I was coming in expecting it to be a tough match. I played him a few years ago at indoors, and he beat me up pretty good. I wasn't expecting anything less than a battle. I was very happy with the way I came out and served. I just kind of set the tone with my serve for the match, putting more pressure on his serve since I was holding easily. I was able to generate some breaks and go on a roll from there."
Kentucky Head Coach Dennis Emery
On the ending of the match...
"I didn't really see what happened. I was watching the other match. The officials were going to get together and come up to something. It's unfortunate it ends that way where the official can determine the outcome of the match. It's pretty simple, you don't do that. He already had a code violation."
On the doubles performance...
"We played great in the doubles. It was again one of our better matches of the year at No. 1. Stanford had a very good game plan at the match. They really took the air about of the ball. They made us do thing s that we weren't comfortable doing. They became very aggressive. They way they executed were really good. I thought they played really well. I thought that was the difference in the match."
On the slow singles start...
"Obviously you're very concerned. That was probably the worst 30 minutes we've played all year. To be fair, as I said early, they had a lot to do with that. They were really good. We just dug little bit to deep of a hole. They were just a little bit too good of a team to dig quite that big of a hole against."
On the end of the season...
"I told them to not let this match to determine the way you look at your team. We've had one of the best year in the history of our school. We finished 28-6. Stanford does the thing to exploit some things. What I saw just how good of a year our players have had, and what a good job they've done hiding weaknesses and covering weaknesses. For us to go 28-6 is just remarkable. We had great leadership all year."
#2 GEORGIA (26-2) def. #15 NORTH CAROLINA (15-8), 4-0 - Henry Feild Stadium
Head Coaches: Manuel Diaz (GEORGIA) and Sam Paul (NORTH CAROLINA)
1. Sadio Doumbia/Hernus Pieters (GEORGIA) vs. #20 Joey Burkhardt/Jose Hernandez (NORTH CAROLINA), 4-7, unfinished
2. #41 Nathan Pasha/Ignacio Taboada (GEORGIA) def. Cameron Ahari/Brennan Boyajian (NORTH CAROLINA), 8-5
3. KU Singh/Wil Spencer (GEORGIA) def. Esben Hess Olesen/Zach Hunter (NORTH CAROLINA), 8-4
1. #11 Wil Spencer (GEORGIA) vs. #26 Jose Hernandez (NORTH CAROLINA), 6-1, 2-5, unfinished
2. #19 KU Singh (GEORGIA) def. #92 Brennan Boyajian (NORTH CAROLINA), 6-3, 6-1
3. #32 Sadio Doumbia (GEORGIA) vs. Esben Hess-Olesen (NORTH CAROLINA), 6-2, 3-3, unfinished
4. #52 Ignacio Taboada (GEORGIA) vs. Joey Burkhardt (NORTH CAROLINA), 7-6(5), 3-3, unfinished
5. Nathan Pasha (GEORGIA) def. William Parker (NORTH CAROLINA), 6-2, 6-2
6. #60 Hernus Pieters (GEORGIA) def. Oystein Steiro (NORTH CAROLINA), 6-3, 6-1
Order of Finish
Georgia Head Coach Manuel Diaz
"I thought we played a great match. Frankly, from start to finish, I thought our guys were strong, composed, and were having fun. That's an impressive start for us. I'm really pleased."
On getting the doubles point...
"It was good. We wanted to make sure we came out with energy and be aggressive. And we did that pretty well. North Carolina played great at no. 1 doubles. We could have done a couple things a little bit better. We could have put away some balls on first opportunities. WE could've been a little more aggressive. Those are little adjustments that we can talk about and that those guys can make. But we played great at No. 2 and No. 3. Today, I think we played a very complete match. And these guys at the bottom really played well. (KU Singh) really played a great match at No. 2. So we're onto the next round."
On the deep singles lineup...
"This is definitely a very deep lineup. These guys at the bottom have provided a lot of winners this year. Traditionally, we've always had great depth and that's a staple. We don't really drop off a whole lot. That's one of our strengths this year. As we go forward, the top five teams in the country are pretty much the same way. I like our guys."
On being the only SEC team remaining...
"I expected to have some company form the SEC. they've had a tremendous year. Kentucky has had a tremendous year, Florida, and Mississippi State, who lost in the regional. I think we have a great conference. I think that our round robin has prepared us well for postseason play. We're playing probably some of the best tennis we've played all year. It's too bad were the only sec school. But we take pride in being a top program in our conference. We just have to try to keep going."
On having no experience playing the NCAA Championships in Athens...
"We talked about it. You have to show a little bit more maturity as a team. You've got to prepare well. You have to play with blinders on. You have to feel the crowd. It's exciting for everybody. We played at Mississippi State, maybe not quite as big of a crowd, but a lot of times the crowd just beings in you as a competitor. I think this is an environment where all schools thrive. It's always fun. It adds a little bit more meaning to what these guys are working for. I think it's why this is a great venue to watch tennis in."
Georgia's Nathan Pasha
On playing in front of a big crowd...
"It felt great. It felt electric. The crowd is so big and it proved a lot of energy. So I had to do a good job of nit letting to excited. Doing a good job of managing my emotions was good."
On playing in pressure situations...
"It was something I always struggled with in the fall. I knew it was another obstacle that coach and the other members of the team would have to help me get over, but it feels good."
Georgia's Hernus Peters
On having more energy tonight...
"It was big to have 4,000 people in the stands. It's a bit different. I was very delighted when I won the match. It was a great feeling."
North Carolina Head Coach Sam Paul
On facing Georgia...
"I would like to congratulate coach Diaz and the University of Georgia. We played a really tough schedule this year, and they put it to us. They played a great match. I want to congratulate them."
"What a great environment tonight. I first came here in 1977 when I was in high school. It's amazing, Coach Magill, his vision and everything with this atmosphere here."
"I want to congratulate my team. We had a group of seniors and a very sad locker room. Five seniors on my team. They just lost to the better team tonight. We're disappointed but I'm very proud of my team."
North Carolina's Jose Hernandez
On this season...
"It meant a lot to me, especially when you're around five seniors. This is my third year with them. We had a really close team this year. We did everything together as a family. It was more treated as brothers instead of teammates."
"It's an honor for me to play with this team, and it's really sad it comes to an end."
Thoughts on next season...
"We have the whole summer to prepare, adjust the next team for next year. Probably, we're going to play some future tournaments to get better."
#7 PEPPERDINE (26-6) def. #17-32 TULSA (20-9), 4-1 - McWhorter Courts
Head Coaches: Adam Steinberg (PEPPERDINE) and Vince Westbrook (TULSA)
1. #11 Clifford Marsland/Ashley Watling (TULSA) def. #15 Alex Llompart/Finn Tearney (PEPPERDINE), 8-6
2. Grant Ive/Tristan Jackson (TULSA) def. Sebastian Fanselow/Jenson Turner (PEPPERDINE), 9-8(4)
3. Hugh Clarke/David Sofaer (PEPPERDINE) def. Japie De Klerk/Alejandro Espejo (TULSA), 8-3
1. #8 Sebastian Fanselow (PEPPERDINE) vs. #117 Japie De Klerk (TULSA), 6-4, 5-6, unfinished
2. #30 Finn Tearney (PEPPERDINE) def. #97 Clifford Marsland (TULSA), 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
3. Alex Llompart (PEPPERDINE) def. #77 Ashley Watling (TULSA), 6-4, 6-4
4. #109 Mousheg Hovhannisyan (PEPPERDINE) def. Grant Ive (TULSA), 6-3, 6-4
5. Hugh Clarke (PEPPERDINE) vs. Tristan Jackson (TULSA), 3-6, 7-5, 5-0, unfinished
6. Jenson Turner (PEPPERDINE) def. Alejandro Espejo (TULSA), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
Order of Finish
Pepperdine Head Coach Adam Steinberg
"It feels amazing. It's a dream of every college player to pay Georgia here in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament. We are beyond excited."
Challenges of playing Georgia...
"It presents a million challenges. We've talked about it all year, we have four seniors, it's what these guys live for to have that moment. We're just excited to advance. It's a major challenge. Not only do they have a great team, but it's here in Georgia. To me, since I've been a little kid, it's something I've always wanted to be a part of."
On playing with a big crowd...
"We're a long way from home and just have some family members, so were going to pretend the crowd is for us. That energy from the crowd, it helps them, but it'll help us too."
On being the underdog...
"We don't really talk about wins and losses, to be honest. It sounds weird. For us, it's all about playing together and playing as a team no matter what. It's kind of about making our world very small out there where it's just us. That's all we ever talk about - team, team, team."
On the importance of the double point...
"It's super important for us. We haven't lost a doubles point since February, and today was kind of a shock to us. It took us a while to get that fight back in the singles against a very good team. Its definitely a goal to win that doubles point against Georgia. It's such a momentum thing."
Pepperdine's Jensen Turner
"We're just excited to be in the quarters. Since I've been here, we haven't made it to the sweet 16, so we're just pumped to be here. Getting to the quarters in just unreal. Our goal is to win it, but a great thing is to play Georgia at Georgia.
On playing at Georgia...
"I think it's going to be intense for sure. I've heard form everyone that Georgia fans are pretty intense, so we're actually pretty excited about it. We're just happy to be here and we'll be free swinging."
On making adjustments...
"The doubles point is always key, but we didn't bring it today. If we can play with that intensity, we'll be good."
On playing Sunday...
"I think its way easier after playing that match. Especially coming back takes a lot of pressure off. We technically should be Tulsa based on ranking, so there's always a little more pressure based on that. Against Georgia, we'll just be free swinging."
On being the underdog against Georgia...
"We put pressure on ourselves against anybody no matter who it is, but obviously playing a team that's ranked No. 2 in the nation, there will be a lot less pressure, so we'll see how it goes. "
Tulsa Coach Vince Westbrook
On the team's thought process after winning doubles point...
"We knew that Pepperdine wasn't going anywhere. We knew that they'd come out with a lot of energy and we needed to take care of business."
"I thought that we were playing pretty good at the bottom of the line up. I saw that we were in a position to serve the sets out and let that get away from us. That kind of hurt us. I think in the top four positions Pepperdine's good, and one was going to be a battle. We beat him last time at the number one position and they had a battle. We thought the longer this went it would work out for us. My hat's off to Pepperdine because the longer the match went on the stronger they got."