May 19, 2012
#1 UCLA (25-2) def. #9 CALIFORNIA (20-7), 4-1 - Henry Feild Stadium
Head Coaches: Stella Sampras Webster (UCLA) and Amanda Augustus (CALIFORNIA)
1. #6 Robin Anderson/Skylar Morton (UCLA) vs. #15 Jana Juricova/Zsofi Susanyi (CALIFORNIA), 5-7, unfinished
2. #9 Courtney Dolehide/Pamela Montez (UCLA) def. #5 Annie Goransson/Anett Schutting (CALIFORNIA), 8-4
3. McCall Jones/Carling Seguso (UCLA) def. Tayler Davis/Cecilia Estlander (CALIFORNIA), 8-4
1. #4 Robin Anderson (UCLA) vs. #8 Jana Juricova (CALIFORNIA), 4-6, 2-5, unfinished
2. #13 Zsofi Susanyi (CALIFORNIA) def. #98 McCall Jones (UCLA), 6-2, 6-1
3. #73 Pamela Montez (UCLA) def. #30 Anett Schutting (CALIFORNIA), 6-3, 6-4
4. #124 Skylar Morton (UCLA) def. #48 Tayler Davis (CALIFORNIA), 6-1, 6-4
5. #119 Chanelle Van Nguyen (UCLA) vs. #67 Annie Goransson (CALIFORNIA), 6-1, 5-2, unfinished
6. Carling Seguso (UCLA) def. Alice Duranteau (CALIFORNIA), 6-2, 6-4
Order of Finish
UCLA Head Coach Stella Sampras Webster
“The team came out really ready to play, they were very focused. We set the tone really early in the doubles, and that got everyone to relax. The energy was really, really high. We knew their team, and they knew our team; we made some adjustments and we executed really well today. I know Cal is a strong team and they’re well coached. We knew we needed to play well to beat them and winning the doubles point was really important to us. The energy and the way we executed, we just did a great job in the doubles. Going into the singles, we knew that Cal has got some strong players and that we definitely had a lot of work to do in the singles. Again, the team came out really strong and really focused. We got up in a lot of sets, and we were able to maintain that high level. Cal’s a fit team and they made us work out there. I’m just really proud of the way the team competed, fought so hard and embraced what they’re in. Players stepped up and played extremely well for us. We played well. We executed well today, and I’m really proud of my team.”
On the psychology of the team after winning/losing the doubles point...
“Winning the doubles point can go for you or against you. We’ve won the doubles point so much, that we’re expected to win the doubles point. If it doesn’t happen, that’s a concern of mine because we’ve lost doubles points against Cal and USC and it did affect out team. We’ve talked about it and doubles is important, but if we lose the doubles point, they have to believe they can win four singles. Its just four points, and no matter where it comes from - the doubles or singles - we just need to get those four points. We do work on doubles a lot, and we have some great doubles players. We were very confident going into the doubles, and if we play our game and get off to good starts, I think we can win the doubles point against anyone. But, you can’t control your opponents, and they could come out really fired up and take over. We take a lot of pride in our doubles and the way we play. It does give us an extra boost winning the doubles point.”
UCLA’s Carling Seguso
On being the No. 7 player and not knowing if she was going to play or not...
“I always feel like I’m really prepared because our practices don’t treat anyone, from one to eight, differently. I’m always practicing with the one girls and the three girls, so I’m always getting the best practices I can. I know that people get injured, so I’m prepared for that. Also, I’ve played the four, five and six spots a few times this year, so I have some matches under my belt. I didn’t know if I was going to play, but I told Kaitlin Ray that I wished she were played, but since she couldn’t, I tried extra hard for her. These are my last matches, so really I’m just out there playing tennis for the last time at UCLA and doing the best I can.”
On putting points on the board for the team...
“If we win overall, regardless of if I win, I’m happy. Putting points on the board , it doesn’t really change my happiness, it just relieves me. I go out there and I do my job and if I get the point, I get the point, but if someone finishes before me, that’s fine too. I just need to stay out there and try to win.”
California Head Coach Amanda Augustus
“I tip my hat off to UCLA today. They came out on the doubles. They were ready to go. They attacked epically at No. 2 doubles. Also at three, they played much better. I think we were making adjustments, but we didn’t get as good of as tart as we needed to in the doubles.”
“We felt like we could rally in singles. The matchups were good. We just didn’t have enough on the bottom three courts today. The girls all gave their best efforts, but UCLA really played to win today. I think it was a tough quarterfinal matchup. They were the better team today top to bottom.”
On strength of Pac-12 Conference...
“We’re really proud to be part of that conference. The matches we have is all about the tennis .The girls go out there and give it their best. It’s a really high level of play. All the schools in the conference are well coached. The coaches have a lot of respect and integrity for the game. It says something. It’s our mission each year to see the conference up in the top five and top ten in the country. I’m sad it’s not going to be us, but I’m fairly confident its going to be someone on our side of the draw.”
On challenges to see conference teams in postseason...
“It’s tough. It’s tough to play a team 3-4 times in a year. We’re very familiar with each other because we see each other. Every time we play each other, we go back and work on things, so the next time we play each other it’ll be different. That’s just a credit to how seriously we all take this. I know how hard my girls work, and I know how hard those girls on other teams in our conference work to be the very best they can be.”
California’s Jana Juricova
“Losing the doubles point at this level makes it tough to come out in singles and still have a chance. I think we did, but we didn’t really have enough time to close. I think there are things that the team can learn for next year, so that doesn’t happen again for doubles. I feel like we played really good doubles during the season, but the NCAA’s are a different thing.”
On her last dual match...
“I definitely enjoyed it. I tried to enjoy every match. The girls did so well during the season. We learned so much. There’s always a last one. This year was very very good for the team, so I’m really happy I was on this team.”
California’s Zsofi Susanyi
“For me it’s different because this was my first NCAA tournament. But it’s a lot different form the regular season dual matches. Here, everyone brings it more and wants it more. The doubles point was very crucial today. I’m proud of everyone on how they fought.”
#5 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (24-3) def. #4 STANFORD (21-2), 4-2 - McWhorter Courts
Head Coaches: Lele Forood (STANFORD) and Richard Gallien (SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA)
1. #3 Kaitlyn Christian/Sabrina Santamaria (SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA) def. #2 Mallory Burdette/Nicole Gibbs (STANFORD), 8-6
2. #24 Stacey Tan/Ellen Tsay (STANFORD) def. #49 Valeria Pulido/Zoe Scandalis (SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA), 8-5
3. #75 Danielle Lao/Alison Ramos (SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA) def. Kristie Ahn/Veronica Li (STANFORD), 8-6
1. #3 Nicole Gibbs (STANFORD) def. #14 Zoe Scandalis (SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA), 6-1, 6-4
2. #19 Danielle Lao (SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA) def. #5 Mallory Burdette (STANFORD), 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
3. #26 Sabrina Santamaria (SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA) def. #25 Stacey Tan (STANFORD) 7-5, 1-6, 7-6(5)
4. Kristie Ahn (STANFORD) vs. #89 Kaitlyn Christian (SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA), 6-4, 5-7, 1-2, unfinished
5. Gabriella DeSimone (SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA) def. #74 Ellen Tsay (STANFORD), 1-6 6-2, 6-2
6. Veronica Li (STANFORD) def. Valeria Pulido (SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA), 6-4, 7-5
Order of Finish
USC Head Coach Richard Gallien
“When you start a match with breakfast at 9 a.m., getting excited, getting ready, preparing lunch, figuring out plans, and you end up at a quarter to fine with a victory like this victory over such a great team in Stanford, and you start to reflect on how much it took, with everyone pulling on the ropes for so hard for so long, its an enormously gratifying victory. When it came down to the crunch, and there was no margin for error.”
“The best part of my day was the looks on their faces when the match got closer to the end. There was no look of panic or distress. It was just lets go play some more tennis. It would not have been possible if the girls didn’t ante up.”
On Stanford taking five first sets...
“The only coaching thing that is helpful or relevant is just keep the girls spirits up. Just trying to get the girls from scoreboard watch is also important because they want to win so badly.”
On Stanford’s Christy Ahn...
“Christy Ahn has showed an enormous amount of class and courage on being out there playing. She’s been out for a long time. It probably would’ve been better for her health to wait for next year. But she stuck herself out there to try to help her team. When I see something like that from anybody else’s team, it means a lot to me because that was a very selfless act on her part. I’m sure she wasn’t 100 percent, but it shows a lot for her integrity.”
On getting the doubles point...
“From a coaching standpoint, you try to downplay the doubles as much as possible. If you win it, great. And if you lost it, don’t get too depressed. It’s a lot better if you can win it. Against Baylor, we won the doubles point, but we started singles complacent. Today, we didn’t start singles complacent, they were just outplaying us in the beginning, but it wasn’t because we weren’t aware.”
USC’s Danielle Lao
“I would like to say I was just focused on my court, but it’s just so hard in a dual match. I obviously knew where Sabrina was. I really think it’s great to play next to Sabrina. I think she’s really mature as a freshman. For me, it’s put a lot of pressure off me. I’ve known for Sabrina for 5-6 years, I knew it wasn’t over. When I saw her match go to 5-3, I thought she was going to climb all the way back. I want to be in my opponents face ready to pop her too. Mallory is such a good opponent. When you play someone like that, you’re uncertain what the outcome is going to be. Watching Sabrina come back, it kept my hopes up. It was a team effort.”
USC’s Sabrina Santamaria
“I loved playing next to (Danielle Lao). She just keeps me focused, even when she’s battling with Mallory. It’s just been an honor playing next to (Danielle Lao). She really keeps me focused and positive. I knew I had to come through for my team today. I just focused on that. I kept trying. And I just kept fighting.”
On Stacey Tan...
“(Stanford’s Stacey Tan) was playing great. She was hitting winners and clipping the line. I just didn’t give up and kept fighting and clawing. I was just really trying out there, and it worked.”
On getting the doubles point...
“The doubles point is a very huge part in creating momentum for a team. Throughout the season, we’ve lost the doubles point quite a few times. It’s difficult trying to come back and seeing the one with the opposing team. The doubles point is very important. Coming into NCAA’s, we’ve put so much work into our doubles.”
Stanford Head Coach Lele Forood
“It was a great battle. It was kind of an amazing match. I don’t think anybody knew the outcome until it really ended. It was just a pretty amazing rollercoaster. Obviously we knew how good they were, we’ve seen them a lot this year and we know they’ve got people who make a lot of balls and play really tough. Not winning the doubles point put ourselves in trouble there but I think we still felt good about our chances coming out. It just didn’t quite work out for us. We were close. I think it was amazing getting Kristie back on the court for the first time in two months and that was really positive for us going forward. It’s been a really tough two years for her and the fact that she actually played today just bowed for us really well in the future.”
On playing teams from California...
“It was no surprise when the draw came out. We know what the rankings look like, we know what the seedings are going to be, and therefore we know what the match-ups are. Until something changes, it’s just going to be based on where people are ranked.”
Stanford’s Mallory Burdette
On losing the doubles point...
“I think it helps if you start the singles up 1-0, that whatever happens out there we only need three wins. It’s definitely a boost going into the singles but I don’t think we thought about it too much. A lot of teams play differently in doubles than they do in singles so we try to separate the two. We come back, have our 10 minutes and talk about each player and we decide what we’re going to do in singles. Like Lele said, we want six wins on each court so it’s almost like two separate competitions. Once the doubles are over there is nothing we can do and we move into the singles which is often very different.”
On Danielle Lao...
“Danielle Lao-She just kept a lot of balls short in the middle court and didn’t give me opportunities to hit my big shots. Those shots were difficult for me, when you’re up that close in the court you’ve got to get the ball up and down pretty quickly. She did a good job of keeping the ball out of my strike zone, which was key for her.”
On playing California teams...
“I personally was a little bit frustrated with the rankings this year. I feel like we were a one loss team coming into NCAAs. We had beaten the number 2 seed, Florida. We beat them at home earlier in the season. I just don’t think some of our wins were reflected in the ranking throughout the year. I don’t think the way we played throughout the year was reflected in the seeding, either.”
“It was helpful to know who we were going up against. We had quite a bit of confidence going into the match because we had beaten them earlier in the season. It is nice to know who you’re playing but I think when you come to NCAAs you would expect to not have four PAC-12 teams on the same side of the draw.”
#2 FLORIDA (25-1) def. #10 MIAMI (21-5), 4-0 - McWhorter Courts
Head Coaches: Roland Thornqvist (FLORIDA) and Paige Yaroshuk-Tews (MIAMI)
1. #1 Sofie Oyen/Allie Will (FLORIDA) def. #20 Melissa Bolivar/Liat Zimmerman (MIAMI), 8-3
2. #76 Lina Lileikite/Gabriela Mejia (MIAMI) def. #22 Lauren Embree/Joanna Mather (FLORIDA), 8-4
3. Alex Cercone/Caroline Hitimana (FLORIDA) def. Anna Bartenstein/Brittany Dubins (MIAMI), 8-6
1. #1 Allie Will (FLORIDA) vs. #18 Anna Bartenstein (MIAMI), 6-3, 4-2, unfinished
2. #9 Lauren Embree (FLORIDA) vs. #27 Gabriela Mejia (MIAMI), 7-6(2), 1-3, unfinished
3. #21 Joanna Mather (FLORIDA) def. #71 Lina Lineikite (MIAMI), 6-2, 6-4
4. #61 Sofie Oyen (FLORIDA) vs. Melissa Bolivar (MIAMI), 6-3, 5-3, unfinished
5. #79 Alex Cercone (FLORIDA) def. Liat Zimmerman (MIAMI), 6-2, 6-2
6. Olivia Janowicz (FLORIDA) def. Brittany Dubins (MIAMI), 6-3, 6-2
Order of Finish
Florida Head Coach Roland Thornqvist
“This one was very much like every other time we’ve played Miami; it was a dog fight. They have great athletes who can run, and they have great ball tolerance. The doubles came down three, and I thought we showed great composure and great communication. We were by far the most aggressive team at the end, and that’s why we won. It took a lot of courage from our two players, who had an opening lead and then it got close, to continue to want the ball and to want it at the net. I was very happy to see that. I thought that took a little bit of the edge off of Miami, but they still did a great job. They tried to slow down the pace on virtually every court between points and during points, and I thought that was a good strategy against us. Like I told the team after, I don’t know that this team can be out-grinded, frankly. I felt good about it, I felt good that we’re fit enough to go the distance. I was happy to see that we were fairly quick at winning some straight set matches.”
On being happy with how quickly the singles matches went...
“I think winning the doubles point was huge. I think it really quieted down the Miami players. I thought we were the better team on all six singles courts, so I wasn’t terribly afraid that losing the doubles point would let the match slip out of our hands. However, it makes a big difference when we can come through with great courage like we did at three doubles to win it. I certainly felt like that set the tone in the beginning of singles.”
Florida’s Joanna Mather
On clinching the singles feeling old...
“I knew there were a lot of courts around me who were about to clinch too, so it didn’t really feel like a clinch as much. It’s definitely not getting old at all.”
On getting to the semifinals for the third straight year...
“It’s great. I couldn’t imagine doing it with a better group of girls. We enjoy working together every single day and we’re just excited to get to play another match. We’re fighting hard and it’s just amazing.”
Florida’s Alexandra Cercone
On the third doubles match...
“We were up 4-1 and then it went to 4-4, and I think at that point the other matches were close to being finished and it was not even close on our court. I knew we had a long ways to go, so at that point Caroline Hitimana and I were focused on trying to win every game that we could, trying to do the right thing and really play the opponents weaknesses and our strengths. It got really tight, there were some close calls, and we tried to not let that bother us. Once we got through that, we got really hyped, we were able to close it out and it was very relieving.”
On her singles play...
“I tried to play a consistent tennis game and hit the balls deep and in the corners. My opponent wasn’t extremely consistent, so I tried to just make one more ball, one more ball, and if I got the opportunity to be aggressive, I would do so. I tried to have a good first serve percentage.”
Miami Head Coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews
“I think Florida played an amazing match today >They made it physical. They played the big points well. They deserved the victory. It’s always upsetting when a season ends, but I think the better team won today.”
On the marathon doubles point...
“It was a tough one to lose. I was proud of the way my team played doubles. At No. 1 , we were a little injured, I knew that was going to be tough. No. 2 played absolutely amazing. And No. 3 has just been playing better as the season progressed. I cant be upset with the way that they played. I think they played one of their better doubles of the season. It happens. You can’t get caught up in winning or losing the doubles point.”
On playing Florida...
“We’ve been going on six players this entire season. To be sitting in the quarterfinals of the tournament against Florida, I would have welcomed that in February headed into this season. I’m never going to complain about being in the quarterfinals and playing anybody. I don’t care who it is. We learned. Florida is one of the toughest physically teams in the country. The more we play them, the more I learn, the more our kids learn. I think it’s good for us to see them.”
On playing late into the night Thursday...
“I think the girls were a little tired yesterday. They looked tired. But, no. I think once we woke up this morning we were fine and good to go. I don’t think it affected our match at all today.”
Miami’s Anna Bartenstein
“Brittany and I started out the season and we progressed during the season and played better and better. Florida is a very tough team and you can’t make any stupid mistakes and decisions. We competed very hard and gave our best. But we came up a little bit short.”
#3 DUKE (29-2) def. #6 GEORGIA (24-5), 4-2 - Henry Feild Stadium
Head Coaches: Jamie Ashworth (DUKE) and Jeff Wallace (GEORGIA)
1. #46 Kate Fuller/Nadja Gilchrist (GEORGIA) def. #21 Mary Clayton/Ester Goldfeld (DUKE), 8-1
2. #17 Beatrice Capra/Rachel Kahan (DUKE) def. Chelsey Gullickson/Lauren Herring (GEORGIA), 8-6
3. Lilly Kimbell/Maho Kowase (GEORGIA) def. Monica Gorny/Hanna Mar (DUKE), 8-6
1. #7 Chelsey Gullickson (GEORGIA) def. #2 Beatrice Capra (DUKE), 6-3, 6-2
2. #110 Ester Goldfeld (DUKE) def. Nadja Gilchrist (GEORGIA), 6-2, 7-5
3. #59 Hanna Mar (DUKE) def. #58 Maho Kowase (GEORGIA), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
4. #85 Rachel Kahan (DUKE) def. #70 Lauren Herring (GEORGIA), 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(5)
5. #66 Mary Clayton (DUKE) vs. #96 Kate Fuller (GEORGIA), 6-7(5), 6-4, 3-1, unfinished
6. #97 Monica Turewicz (DUKE) def. Lilly Kimbell (GEORGIA), 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
Order of Finish
Duke head coach Jamie Ashworth
On the match...
“Obviously it was a great match. To play Georgia here in the NCAA Tournament was a great opportunity and experience. It’s something we’ve never had that opportunity. I talked with USC men’s head coach Peter Smith and he told me it’s like a right of passage to win an NCAA tournament match against Georgia here. I kept thinking about that all day. We just played a hell of a match in singles. I thought we played good in doubles too. WE just kept fighting and fighting. I couldn’t be prouder of the group of girls we have.”
On the match point...
“She had a great passing shot. Lauren put pressure on her and made Rachel come up with a shot. She was able to ride the momentum for a couple more points. She did a great job of not letting the match point get her down. I always tell our girls to put pressure on someone, and if they beat you, then that’s okay, just come up with the next point. Lauren did the right thing (in charging the net). Rachel was able to come up with the next shot and beat her.”
On not closing out second sets of singles play...
“We’ve done a great job of closing out matches all year. We’ve had shutouts. But, I don’t expect us to win six matches in straight sets. Georgia is too good of a team. Especially in this atmosphere, you knew they would fight back. You know that Jeff’s team’s are going to fight. I was hoping to get four straight sets. No one is going to give up at this point in the season.”
On the atmosphere...
“We don’t want to look ahead, but as soon as the draw came out that we might have to play Georgia here – it wasn’t a worry thing, but we have to portray to our team that’s its going to be a fun atmosphere. We just embraced the situation.”
On playing Florida...
“When we played them earlier in the year in March down at their place, it was a 4-0 match. We lost 4-0. It rained, so we didn’t get to finish matches, so I think the 4-0 is al ittle bit deceiving. We’re definitely excited about playing it. When we lost that match, all the girls said that hopefully we would have the chance to play them again. We wanted to play them again. We’re definitely looking forward to that opportunity. We always have really good matches with them.”
Duke’s Rachel Kahan
On the third set...
“It was def tough. But we had great support. That is really what got me though.”
On match point...
“She’s an unbelievable player. I just tried to play it like any other point. I just hit the shot and luckily it went my way.”
On the tiebreaker...
“We just go one point at a time. It’s just like any other point. I just tried to play each point to the best of my ability. That’s the only thing that you can do.”
Duke’s Beatrice Capra
On playing Chelsey Gullickson...
“I knew going into the match that it was going to be a really tough match. Chelsey is a great player. She won NCAA’s two years ago. When Chelsey is on, it’s really hard to beat Chelsey. I’ve always had respect for her. Today, it was tough for me. I felt overwhelmed with the crowd and stuff. There was a lot going on. I was disappointed in myself that I couldn’t handle my emotions. I had all the confidence in my team that they were going to go out and fight. We’ve all worked hard and put in all the hard work. I knew they were going to pull through.”
On playing at Georgia...
“It was amazing. I was so surprised that so many people came out to watch. Mentally, my teammates were so tough. I think it gives us confidence going into the next round.“
Georgia Head Coach Jeff Wallace
“It was awesome to have all those fans there supporting us. I’ve got to credit Duke, I thought they did well in the singles against us. We’re really disappointed. We’ve got a great team and these guys are just best friends. It really hurts. They want to spend more time together, play more and it go on because they just like each other so much and they work so hard for each other for all the right reasons. It’s really tough right now. I’m extremely proud of them as a coach, how they responded to every challenge all through the year. It’s hard for us right now as a group because we really wanted to go on because we appreciate each other and want to continue to play because we enjoy our team so much.”
On the 2009 match vs. Duke
“It’s totally two different teams. I think they only similarity is they’re Duke and we’re Georgia. It was quarterfinals of NCAA and semifinals of NCAAs.”
On Georgia’s singles...
“Chelsey played phenomenal today just like she’s played for four years. Maho is a rock and without her we wouldn’t have been playing today. We really felt like she was going to be able to get it down, but Hanna played great against her. We fought hard. We had lots of opportunities. You’ve just got to credit Duke. They played great.”
On Lauren Herring...
“She’s learned from this. She’ll stay aggressive all the way through it in the future. I couldn’t be more proud of her and the freshman year she’s had.”
On the season...
“It’s been a fantastic year in so many ways. The greatest part is how these young ladies have come together; the friendships, relationships and the bonding. The fact that they’re just such a wonderful team, for me, is way bigger than the wins, the record, the rankings and all that. They’re incredible people. We’re sorry that it’s going to end, not so much because of the tennis but because it means we don’t get to play together as a team. I couldn’t be more proud of them. They need to walk around here with their heads really high because they are impressive.”
Georgia’s Lauren Herring
“I played hesitantly and she stepped up. I didn’t feel that the whole entire match I was playing well. I didn’t feel like doubles I came out and played well. I was just trying to find a way to win. I put myself in the right position and she played some good points. The momentum changed and from there it was just one or two points I felt like at the end she got.”
Georgia’s Chelsey Gullickson
“Last match- I was fortunate enough to be able to have my senior year and play here. It’s devastating to not being able to win as a team here. We came out playing great on Thursday and today but Duke just played amazing. There was really nothing we could do. I’m proud of everyone. All the girls were fighting from first point of the doubles to the last point of the match. Not to be able to play with my team again is very upsetting but I can’t let it distract me too much. I’ve got to be set and ready to go for the individuals.”