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2008 NCAA Tennis Championships

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#7 Seed UCLA def. #17-32 Arkansas, 4-0
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Doubles - (Order of Finish: 2, 1)
1.#1 Tracy Lin/Riza Zalameda (U) def. #29 Ela Kaluder/Aurelija Miseviciute (A), 8-4
2.#56 Elizabeth Lumpkin/Stephanie Wetmore (U) def. Nanar Airapetian/Maryori Franco (A), 8-3
3.#26 Alex McGoodwin/Yasmin Schnack (U) vs. Audrey Bordeleau/Anouk Tigu (A), DNF
Singles - (Order of Finish: 3, 2, 4)
1.#8 Riza Zalameda (U) vs. #1 Aurelija Miseviciute (A), DNF
2.#30 Tracy Lin (U) def. #73 Ela Kaluder (A), 6-2, 6-2
3.#42 Yasmin Schnack (U) def. Anouk Tigu (A), 6-2, 6-1
4.#54 Andrea Remynse (U) def. Nanar Airapetian (A), 6-2, 6-2
5.Elizabeth Lumpkin (U) vs. Audrey Bordeleau (A), DNF
6.Alex McGoodwin (U) vs. Delia Damaschin (A), DNF


UCLA Head Coach Stella Sampras
Opening Statement...
"This was a big match for our team. We definitely felt like we were expected to win and it was really important for us to get that doubles point and 1 and 2 doubles did a great job of really taking care of those wins."

"Going into the singles, I'm extremely proud of the way our team has come out and competed from the first point. The energy and the emotion and everything has been so positive with our team, its just great for me to see this team succeed and have this success right now, because they've worked extremely hard. There is so much experience on this team and I just believe that this is one of the best teams we've had at UCLA."

"Arkansas is a very strong team as well and they have had an incredible tournament. We knew that they were very confident coming in. They were definitely going to play loose and play hard against us. My team did a great job of dealing with the pressure and coming out and winning those four matches. I was extremely pleased."

UCLA Player Tracy Lin
On her match against Arkansas' Ela Kaluder...
"I had played this girl at the National Indoors in February, so I kind of had a feel for how she was going to play. But, I knew at the NCAA's anything could happen. I came out with the goal and the intention to win only. I was not going to walk off the court with a loss. I started off really well, really strong, I just stayed on her and I knew that as long as I stuck to my game plan she couldn't beat me."

Arkansas Head Coach Michael Hegarty
On the match...
"I am really proud of our effort out here. We typically are very used to winning the doubles point and we have had a lot of success this year because of that. When we didn't win the doubles point it knocked us back a bit. We came back strong in the singles, had a chance to win three or four first-sets and then the momentum would have been back on our side, unfortunately UCLA didn't let that happen and they took four first-sets. But, we had our chance to win four first-sets in singles and then we are back in control, we ended up with two, so the momentum stayed in their corner and you have to give them a lot of credit for that, they didn't give us the look we needed."

UCLA improved its season record to 22-5 and defeated Arkansas for the second time this season (the first was a 4-3 win in the National Team Indoors in February) . . . UCLA advances to the semifinals for the 10th time since 1982 and for the second consecutive season . . . UCLA has registered 4-0 wins in all four of their matches in the NCAA Tournament this year . . . Arkansas completed the season with a 19-10 record . . . the Bruins have now won 13 of its last 14 matches with the only loss coming against PAC 10 rival Stanford. No. 3 player Yasmin Schnack won her 10th consecutive match.
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