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May 24, 2008

#2 Robert Farah-Kaes Van't Hof (Southern Cal)

Robert Farah-Kaes Van't Hof (Southern Cal) def. Andy Connelly-Ross Cunningham (Tulsa), 6-3, 6-3
On that match...
Robert Farah
"It was a great match, I enjoyed it a lot. It was a great crowd for them (Connelly-Cunningham), a lot of energy going out there. I tried to do my best and that's what I did. I am happy everything went well, it ended up how I wanted it to end up."

Kaes Van't Hof
"It was great out there, it's good energy, and it's what the NCAA (Championships) are all about. You get to play two of my friends that I have known since I was 13 or 14 years old. Played against them in juniors and it's great for them to do really well, be All-Americans and come out here. For us to play them in front of their home crowd and luckily we got a couple breaks when we needed them and served well when we needed to and played a solid match."

Talk about playing them earlier this season?
Kaes Van't Hof
"We played at Tulsa when we played them in a dual match. We won 8-4. But, they definitely played well today and it was good to play those guys."

#4 Jonas Berg/Erling Tveit (Ole Miss)

#4 Jonas Berg/Erling Tveit (Ole Miss) def. #5-8 Taylor Fogleman/Chris Kearney (North Carolina), 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
On the match...
Erling Tveit
"We had a long match yesterday to advance to the quarterfinals. We came out a little slow in the first set. We both hit the ball pretty well. Ended up giving away an easy break, and we weren't able to break back and dropped the first set 6-3. Started playing a little better in the second, served for the set at 5-3 and didn't get it. We were fortunate to break one more time and serve out for 7-5. The third set we both raised our level of play really, really well. We broke, got up 2-0, then gave away an easy break for 2-1. Then we stayed on serve and broke to go up 5-3 and served it out in a tough, tough game. It was a good match."


Jonas Berg
"We just hung in there, basically. We didn't play well in the beginning, we hung in there. Turned it around, and we're lucky we won."

Bram ten Berge/Matthias Wellermann (Ole Miss)

Bram ten Berge/Matthias Wellermann (Miss) def. #5 Steven Forman/Cory Parr (Wake Forest), 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3)
About the match...
Bram ten Berge
"It was tight. We had a tie break in the third. Four players were playing really well and especially serving well. Towards the end we were down two match points and then to get those and start off so well in the tie-breaker really gave us momentum. It was really close because all four guys played well. It was a quality match."

Matthias Wellermann
"I think Wake Forest played a brilliant first set against us and we lost 6-3. We didn't play that bad, they just played really well. We kicked it up a little in the second set so we won the second set. It was great serving, we were down two match points and we played two great points. We got the momentum back and then we played a good tie breaker."

About having two Mississippi teams in the Semifinals...
Bram ten Berge
"We knew from the start we could play really good doubles. Jonas (Berg) and Erling (Tveit) have proven themselves the entire year and they have been ranked #4 in the nation. We have been playing well the entire year. We had a little bit of a pause when I broke my foot in the middle of the season but getting through that first match was very important. We started to get going and got our confidence back."

Austin Krajicek/Conor Pollock (Texas A&M)

Austin Krajicek/Conor Pollock (Texas A&M) def. Drew Eberly/Justin Kronauge, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3
About the match...
Conor Pollock
"I think we started off a little slow today. Our energy wasn't as high as it should have been but we did a great job of turning it around in the second set and we got a break right away. We really played to win, which I thought was key."

Austin Krajicek
"I think Conor hit it on the head. We started off a little slower and we picked it up really well. We just need to play with a lot of energy. It was a good match."

About the first set...
Austin Krajicek
"We had a chance early in the first set to get up a break and we had a love-forty game and we ended up losing that one. Our intensity dropped a little bit. We got down a break and they picked up their (Eberly/Kronauge) tennis and we played a good end to the first set. We knew that we were right there and we picked it up in the second set. We went up pretty quickly and kept the momentum going throughout the match."

Andy Connelly/Ross Cunningham (Tulsa)

#2 Robert Farah/Kaes Van't Hof (USC) def. Andy Connelly/Ross Cunningham (Tulsa), 6-3, 6-3
On the match...
Ross Cunningham
"We came out firing as usual. I felt like we were on our game today. We played really solid and made a lot of balls, but they played really well and didn't give us anything. I think my serve is the strongest part of my game and they broke my serve in the first set and broke me again in the second set, twice. I didn't feel like I was serving too bad, but they are definitely a good team and they played a high, high level of tennis out there. They gave us a chance in the second set to break back and we just barely missed it, and again at the end of the second set. Their serves were top notch too, we couldn't get many chances at all. The few chances we got we really needed to take advantage of and we just came up a little short."

"They are a great doubles team. I fully expect them to take it home."

Andy Connelly
"I thought they served really well, which made it a lot easier on them and made them a little looser on our service game. I think the distinguishing factor in the match were their serves which were pretty big."