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May 24, 2008

#1 Aurelija Miseviciute (Arkansas)

#1 Aurelija Miseviciute (Arkansas) def. Reza Zalameda (UCLA), 6-2, 6-3
On the match...
"It was 6-2, 6-3. The match was harder than the score actually reflects. It was really close, every game, and the second set was really close too. Reza is a really good player. I played her in February, that was the first time and I won in three sets. Then, last week we played in the team match against UCLA, and we didn't get to finish. It was one set for her, one set for me."

"So it was really good, I'm happy I got to play her again. I had a better strategy this time. I talked to my coaches about how to play her. We kind of had a game plan on how to isolate her. She has a really, really good forehand and she was hitting some good shots. I was trying to isolate her forehand and go more to her backhand side. She has really good slides, which was a problem for me the previous matches that I played against her."

"But, today I figured out a way to deal with the slide backhand. I think that made a difference, especially today with the conditions being really windy. I felt like I had maybe a little better discipline, playing every point, placement and being patient."

Amanda McDowell (Georgia Tech)

Amanda McDowell (Georgia Tech) def. Lenka Broosova (Baylor) 6-3, 6-2
About the match today...
"It was a really good match. I felt really good about it. The first-set was really tough, and we had some incredible points that went back and forth. I toughed out a couple of really tough games and I think that made the difference. We had some long points and I knew I had to stick in there in the first-set because she (Lenka Broosova) was playing some really tough tennis. I knew if I could just stick in there and try her out a bit, then I would have the advantage for the rest of the match."

On your opponent's hitting style... "I thought it was a pretty good match-up. She has a really good backhand and I think that was her weapon. I was targeting more of her forehand today. I like that match-up for me a lot. Her backhand is so big that I really had to focus in and stay down on my shots because it is such a weapon for her."



#9 Fani Chifchieva (Auburn)

#9 Fani Chifchieva (Auburn) def. Amanda Fink (USC), 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-0
About the match today...
"I was really prepared for this match and I was really focused. She (Amanda Fink) was a very good player and we had a lot of long points. I think I did a good job of playing my game and I am really proud of my effort." What was your mindset going into the third set? "I was trying not to think about the second set and focus on my game. I think I did a really good job and I started to be more aggressive."

Zuzana Zemenova (Baylor)

Zuzana Zemenova (Baylor) def. #4 Maria Mosolova, 6-4, 6-4
On that match...
"Well, first of all, I am really happy that I won because I played her early in the season and I lost 6-4 in the third-set. The first-set I felt I settled the ball and I knew she was a good fighter, she was going to put a lot of balls on the court and I knew I had to hit big balls. I couldn't hit them short because she is going to attack it. When I was losing 3-4 in the first-set, I felt I had to play aggressive because I felt I was a little bit pushing and she was taking advantage of it. Then I came back and won the first-set and then I was leading 4-1. I was mentally weak and she was coming back and I felt I was getting really tired. I was fighting like it was a home match and I won it."

Have you ever played #1 Aurelija Miseviciute of Arkansas...
"Actually, I remember I played her in her freshman year that was the one match that we've played. I think I lost 6-2, 6-0, I don't really remember. She played good today, but it was my best performance to date, I am ready. I am ready for tomorrow, to fight and win the match."