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2008 NCAA Tennis Championships

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#6 Seed Florida def. #3 Seed Georgia Tech, 4-2
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Doubles - (Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2)
1.Amanda McDowell/Kristi Miller (G) def. #8 Megan Alexander/Marrit Boonstra (F), 8-4
2.Whitney Benik/Csilla Borsanyi (F) def. Noelle Hickey/Whitney McCray (G), 8-6
3.Julia Cohen/Anastasia Revzina (F) def. Kirsten Flower/Christy Striplin (G), 8-5
Singles - (Order of Finish: 4, 2, 5, 1, 6)
1.#10 Kristi Miller (G) def. #29 Julia Cohen (F), 6-2, 6-3
2.#7 Amanda McDowell (G) def. #33 Csilla Borsanyi (F), 6-2, 6-0
3.Whitney McCray (G) vs. #116 Megan Alexander (F), DNF
4.Whitney Benik (F) def. #77 Christy Striplin (G), 6-2, 6-0
5.Marrit Boonstra (F) def. #46 Kirsten Flower (G), 6-3, 6-4
6.#96 Anastasia Revzina (F) def. Noelle Hickey (G), 4-6, 6-1, 6-1

 

POST MATCH QUOTES
Florida Head Coach Roland Thornqvist
On the match...
"First of all, I've got to make a quick comment about Georgia Tech and what a championship team they have and what a classy organization. They compete with class and they fight really, really hard."

"We knew coming into today that they certainly didn't want to give up their crown. We had to play at a very high level to win and I was particularly proud to see how we played at the end of two and three doubles to get the doubles point. Probably the best playing we had all day was at the end of those two matches to win the point. That is something you like to see as a coach is the ability to step up your play in the clutch."

Florida Player Whitney Benik
On turning her match around...
"She [Christy Striplin] hits with a lot of spin and it took me a while to get used to it. Then after what was almost three games, I got my game going. I stepped back a little and spun it back a little. I just got my rhythm and took off from there."

Florida Player Anastasia Revzina
On the match coming down to her...
"I was actually looking at the next court, but I had no idea what was going on in the stadium because you can't really see. The first set didn't go that good. I was pretty tight. I really wanted to beat Georgia Tech and I wasn't concentrating on my game. Then I got used to the game and I was just thinking about every point and what I needed to do to beat the girl, and I got it done."

Georgia Tech Head Coach Bryan Shelton
Talk about doubles and was it the difference in the match...
"It was certainly important. I thought that Kristi (Miller) and Amanda (McDowell) came out and really gave us a spark, and that's what we were looking for tonight, change something up in hopes in would ignite a spark and it did. It was just unfortunate that we couldn't take that momentum and run with it in one of the other two doubles. But, you got to give Florida credit, they are winning all those doubles points for a reason. They are a well coached team and they played great tennis tonight."

POST MATCH NOTES
Florida improved to 24-2 on the season . . . the Gators improved its record in NCAA quarterfinal matches to 19-4 . . . the Gators captured their 799th victory in school history with the win over Georgia Tech . . . Florida has won the doubles point in every dual match this season . . . Florida's Anastasia Revzina won her 16th consecutive singles match, giving her 37 straight victories in singles and doubles competition combined . . . Revzina and her No. 3 doubles teammate of Julia Cohen improved to 21-0 on the season . . . Florida's Whitney Benik captured her 99th career singles victory with a win at the No. 4 position.

TOURNAMENT NOTE
No. 5 Baylor, No. 6 UCLA, No. 7 UCLA and No. 8 California advanced to the NCAA women's semifinals . . . it will be the first time since the current tournament seeding began in 1999 that the semifinal round will not have any of the top four seeds playing to advance to the championship final.

 
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