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2008 NCAA Tennis Championships

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#8 Seed California def. #1 Seed Northwestern, 4-2
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Doubles - (Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1)
1.#19 Lauren Lui/Georgia Rose (N) def. #12 Susie Babos/Stephanie Kusano (C), 8-6
2.Marina Cossou/Claire Ilcinkas (C) def. Suzie Matzenauer/Samantha Murray (N), 8-2
3.Nazlie Ghazal/Maria Mosolova (N) def. #54 Bojana Bobusic/Cristina Visico (C), 8-5
Singles - (Order of Finish: 6, 5, 3, 2, 1)
1.#20 Susie Babos (C) def. #5 Maria Mosolova (N), 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
2.#11 Georgia Rose (N) def. #4 Marina Cossou (C), 7-5, 6-4
3.#35 Cristina Visico (C) def. #32 Samantha Murray (N), 6-0, 6-3
4.#53 Lauren Lui (N) vs. #40 Claire Ilcinkas (C), DNF
5.Stephanie Kusano (C) def. Nazlie Ghazal (N), 6-4, 6-2
6.#92 Bojana Bobusic (C) def. Suzie Matzenauer (N), 6-1, 6-3


California Head Coach Amanda Augustus
Your thoughts on the match...
"We knew it was going to be an unbelievable battle today. I think we had a little bit of momentum, because I know our team has been waiting for this rematch sine the Team Indoors back in February. We really feel we've improved a lot in singles and doubles since then. We were really excited to play the number-one team in the country. We've been taking this as one match at a time. I'm really, really proud of the girls and how hard they fought today. Obviously, we just missed out on that doubles point again. The girls really did a good job of putting that behind them and focusing on the singles."

Were you surprised that positions 3,5 and 6 were over so quickly?
"I thought our match-ups looked good, especially at No. 3, 5, and 6. I thought we had good match-ups but you never know how that's going to pan out because it obviously depends how we play and how they play. I didn't see any of those courts, but I have a feeling even though the scores were pretty one sided that all the points were contested, because Northwestern knows how to battle and they're well-coached. I'm pleased but a little surprised that a couple of them were over as soon as they were, but I think that's a testament as to how bad our team really wanted to win this match.

California Player Susia Babos
It looked like you got stronger as the match kept going...
"Quite honestly, after I lost the first match, I took a bathroom break and I just told myself that whatever it takes I can't get off the court before the team is in a position to clinch. So, I came back with a total different mentality and as I got myself into the game I felt confident that I can just do it. I needed some luck to finish it, as I looked up at the score at one point and saw Claire (Ilcinkas) up 5-1 and 15-0 and said' Oh my God, I want to finish before her."

Northwestern Head Coach Claire Pollard
On the match...
"Well, you know California all credit to them, they just did a good job rebounding from a doubles point that I thought was pretty crucial to the match. I think the match was lost in the first 45 minutes of singles, they just got so on top of us and we didn't respond very well which is uncharacteristic of us and again I think you have to give credit to Cal. We always talk about that there is two stories to every match and I think that is where the match is lost. Every match we won was tough, even in doubles and the matches they won too quickly."

No. 1-ranked Northwestern's winning streak ended at 23 matches with California's 4-2 victory over the Wildcats . . . the Wildcats were one win shy of winning 30 matches for the first time in school history . . . Northwestern finished the season with a 29-2 record, while Cal improved to 20-5 . . . earlier this year, Northwestern defeated Cal 4-0 at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships . . . the last time the No. 1 seed was upset this early in the NCAA Tournament was No. 1 Florida against #17-34 Miami (Fla.), 4-3, in the second round at home in the 2004 season . . . Cal advances to the NCAA semifinals for the seventh time since women's sports championships became sponsored by the NCAA . . . it's the second straight season that Cal has advanced to the semifinals . . . the Bears advanced to the semis last year by beating No. 2 seed and host Georgia . . . Cal will play Baylor in the semifinals, as the two teams have played only once before with Baylor winning in 2006 by a 6-1 score.

For the second straight match of the day (both upsets #5 Baylor over #4 Stanford, and #8 Cal over #1 Northwestern) it was a senior at the No. 1 position that was the clinching point by defeating a freshman (for Baylor it was #25-ranked Zuzana Zemenova 6-4, 6-2 over No. 3-ranked Hilary Barte; for Cal it was #30-ranked Susie Babos 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 over No. 5-ranked Maria Mosolova).

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