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#8 Seed California def. #5 Seed Baylor, 4-3
Monday, May 19, 2008
|1.||#12 Susie Babos-Stephanie Kusano (C) def. #6 Lenka Broosova-Zuzana Zemenova (B)- 8-4|
|2.||Marina Cossou/Claire Ilcinkas (C) def. Taylor Ormond-Jelena Stanivuk (B)- 8-5|
|3.||Zuzana Chmelarova/Karolina Filipiak (B) vs. #54 Bojana Bobusic/Cristina Visico (C)- DNF|
|1.||#25 Zuzana Zemenova (B) def. #20 Susie Babos (C)- 7-5, 6-1|
|2.||#4 Marina Cossou (C) def. #43 Taylor Ormond (B)- 4-6, 6-1, 6-2|
|3.||Lenka Broosova (B) def. #35 Cristina Visico (C)- 6-3, 6-2|
|4.||#40 Claire Ilcinkas (C) def. #99 Jana Bielikova (B)- 6-2, 6-4|
|5.||Jelena Stanivuk (B) def. Stephanie Kusano (C)- 4-6, 6-3, 6-2|
|6.||#92 Bojana Bobusic (C) def. Karolina Filipiak (B)- 6-3, 6-4|
Order of Finish: Doubles- 1, 2; Singles- 4, 1, 3, 5, 6, 2
POST MATCH QUOTES
On the match...
"I think the doubles was probably the best doubles we've played all tournament. At one and two we were kind of waiting, we've been working on our doubles on our days off and the majority of practice. We just haven't felt like we've been sharp. I felt we were setting up well, but making the wrong decision when it came to finishing off the point. So I was really happy to see, especially at one, they played very solid. They had very few unforced errors, but then at the same time they really opened up the court and were aggressive with their volleys. I think that really set the tone and definitely looking at how it panned out we needed that doubles point."
"I was a little surprised by some of the matchups. Marina is amazing, she has been a rock all year for a freshman. She's had an unbelievable season, so I knew that when it came down to her I wasn't really that worried. It was an unbelievable match."
California Player Marina Cossou
On the match...
"I'm very happy. My teammates are happy because they got his far. The other match was very tight. It was a big win for us and we are ready for tomorrow."
Baylor Head Coach Joey Scrivano
On the match...
"I felt like we came out very slow in the doubles and played a little too passive. I've got to give credit to Cal, they hit some big shots on some big points. When we started coming back in doubles, Cal did a great job of just making the incredible shots. We started off slow, but we did a good job in singles to come out and win some first sets and get control in some matches. In other matches, we just continued to play passive and let Cal get a nice lead on us."
On fighting back in the match...
"We dug ourselves into a big hole on a lot of courts in the singles. I'm proud of my team for fighting and trying to find a way to win. Unfortunately it was not enough and it was a little too late for us."
POST MATCH NOTES
California improved to 21-5 on the season . . . the Bears have appeared in 27 straight NCAA Tournaments, but will be playing in their first-ever national championship match . . . California's run through the tournament has seen the Bears defeat Army 4-0, LSU 4-0, #9 Duke 4-3, #1 Northwestern 4-2 and #5 Baylor 4-3 . . . Baylor completed its season record at 33-2 . . . the Bears had a 16-match winning streak snapped.
WOMEN'S SEMIFINAL NOTE
Of the four semifinalists - Baylor, California, Florida and UCLA - only UCLA has been to the championships match before. The Bruins have made five previous appearances in the championship match.
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES
The California Bears and UCLA Bruins split the season series this year, 1-1, as each team won on the other's home court . . . UCLA leads the overall series 33-25 . . . it will be the seventh time that the women's championship match will be an all PAC-10 final (Stanford vs. UCLA four times; Stanford vs. USC two times) . . . the national champion is guaranteed to be a first-time champion . . . with two PAC-10 teams in the finals it will be the 18th time in 27 years of women's sports under the NCAA umbrella that the NCAA Tennis Champion has come from the PAC-10 Conference. NCAA is a trademark of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.