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2008 NCAA Tennis Championships

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#3 UCLA vs. #6 USC
Sunday, May 18, 2008
1.#2 Robert Farah/Kaes Van't Hof (S) def. #52 Nick Meister/Harel Srugo (U)- 8-6
2.Mathieu Dehaine/Holden Seguso (U) def. Abdullah Magdas/Gary Sacks (S)- 8-5
3.Jeremy Drean/Michael Look (U) def. Andrew Piotrowski/Jaak Poldma (S)- 8-6
1.#23 Harel Srugo (U) def. #6 Robert Farah (S)- 7-6 (4), 6-3
2.#61 Holden Seguso (U) def. #29 Kaes Van't Hof (S)- 7-5, 7-6 (5)
3.#54 Jaak Poldma (S) def. #40 Mathieu Dehaine (U)- 7-6 (3), 6-3
4.Michael Look (U) vs. #72 Gary Sacks (S)- DNF
5.Abdullah Magdas (S) def. Jeremy Drean (U)- 6-4, 6-3
6.Nick Meister (U) def. Andrew Piotrowski (S)- 6-4, 6-4

Order of Finish: Doubles- 1, 3, 2; Singles- 5, 6, 3, 2, 1



UCLA Head Coach Billy Martin
On beating USC for the third time this season...
"Well as always when the Bruins play the Trojans it is a really hard fought match. Neither one of us likes to lose to each other; we've already had two nail biters, which we have squeaked by in both of them. I was a little worried that we have used up all of our luck. The last match probably should have lost the doubles point, but fought back from 7-2 down at their place and then got three out of the six singles. Today we probably won the doubles easier than we have in any of the other two matches. It looked good at first in the singles, but as college matches go, it is sort of up and down and I got really worried there, especially at No. 1 with Harel (Srugo) as he was up 4-1 and two breaks and (Robert) Farah got it back to 6-5 up. Harel held on and won that tiebreaker. Holden (Seguso)'s match at No. 2 singles was just a bizarre match. He goes down 3-love, two breaks, not playing well at all and then Kaes (Van't Hof) completely loses his focus and lets him back in the match. We win the first-set, then Kaes is serving for the second-set and it definitely looks like it is going to three (sets), plays a bad game at 5-4 and then never got really secure in that match. I did not see one point of the other four matches, so I really can't comment, although I felt good for us at No. 4, we've won that match twice, but as you could see we were about to lose that one. Each time we've played, somebody else has come through in the singles, so today it was Holden really, who had never won either of his singles against Kaes, probably was the defining match for us today."

UCLA Player Harel Srugo
On your match...
"It was tough, I knew it would be very physical, since our last two matches, the first one which he won and second one which I won were really, really physical. I thought if I could get this match to be physical, I would have a better chance of winning. Everything was going towards me and then suddenly I kind of lost focus and I let him come back and believe again, which was crucial. The first-set was just so long, so I thought whoever is going to win the breaker is probably going to win the match because its going to be so physical. I was happy that I won it.

Southern California Head Coach Peter Smith
On the match...
"The doubles I really thought decided it once again. Hats off to them, they handled the doubles situation better than us. You've got to believe in the end, that was the difference once again. Frustrating to lose to them three times, but maybe more frustrating to lose the doubles point to them three times. They played really well and they handled the stress of the situation better than us."

On the way the team battled...
"We fought so hard. I really challenged them after doubles and they responded. We were playing from behind the whole way, but we gave ourselves a chance, but, in the end they were too good, they were just too good."


UCLA improved its season record to 25-1 . . . the Bruins have now won 19 consecutive matches . . . their only loss this season came against No. 1-ranked Virginia, 4-3 . . . it's the third win this season for UCLA over Southern Cal . . . this was the 176th meeting between the two schools as UCLA leads the series 96-80 . . . UCLA has now advanced to the semifinals 21 times since 1977, and the first time since 2005 when the Bruins won the NCAA championship . . . Southern Cal completed the season with a 22-5 record . . . this is the 10th time in 15 years with Billy Martin as head coach that the Bruins have advanced to the semifinals.

Since 2006 when the men's and women's championship has been hosted at the same site (2006 @ Stanford and 2007 @ Georgia), this is the first year that a school has had a representative for both men and women advance to the semifinals. The UCLA women will play Florida in the semifinals, while the UCLA men will play Texas.

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