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2008 NCAA Tennis Championships

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#7 Seed UCLA def. #10 Southern California, 4-0
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Doubles
1.Tracy Lin/Riza Zalameda (U) vs. Amanda Fink/Gabriela Niculescu (S)- DNF
2.Elizabeth Lumpkin/Stephanie Wetmore (U) def. Lyndsay Kinstler/Lindsey Nelson (S)- 8-3
3.Alex McGoodwin/Yasmin Schnack (U) def. Cristala Andrews/Maria Sanchez (S)- 9-7
Singles
1.Riza Zalameda (U) vs. Amanda Fink (S)- DNF
2.Tracy Lin (U) vs. Lindsey Nelson (S)- DNF
3.Yasmin Schnack (U) def. Gabriela Niculescu (S)- 6-1, 6-1
4.Andrea Remynse (U) def. Sarah Fansler (S)- 7-6 (5), 6-0
5.Elizabeth Lumpkin (U) vs. Maria Sanchez (S)- DNF
6.Alex McGoodwin (U) def. Leyla Entekhabi (S)- 6-4, 7-5

Order of Finish: Doubles- 3, 2; Singles- 3, 4, 6

 
POST MATCH QUOTES

UCLA Head Coach Stella Sampras
Impression of match today against USC...
"USC - UCLA matches are always difficult, they knew our team, we knew their team. I think we came out in doubles and played a little tight and pulled off that doubles point which was really important for us. I think our players loosened up for singles. Every match was close, I mean this match could have gone either way. We played SC, probably four or five times at the NCAA Sweet Sixteen, so we've played each other a lot. SC never let up, I mean every match was close. You know we've got four seniors on my team that have all been to the finals of the NCAAs, so we've got a lot of experience. We played extremely well to win this match against SC because they are a very good team."

Discuss your matchup against Arkansas on Saturday...
"We played Arkansas in the Team Indoors in February and we beat them 4-3. They are a very strong team, great singles players. I think when we played them we lost the doubles point, so we are hoping to change that when we play them on Saturday. We really want to work on our doubles to win that, but they are a very confident team right now, they're really on fire. Our team is definitely going to get prepared to battle against them and hopefully make it to the final four."

UCLA Playe Alex McGoodwin
On her match...
"It was a tough match, I have never played Leyla (Entekhabi) before, but I knew that it was going to be a grind. So, I kind of prepared my self for that for before hand. Yea, I think it was really close there at the end, she had a couple of break chance opportunities, but I guess like Stella (Stampras) said I have been here before and this was reason I came back this year to play the NCAAs. I just tried to keep my cool, go after it and see what happen and it turned out good."

USC Head Coach Richard Gallien
On losing to rival UCLA... "It is actually ridiculously painful, it really is. I won't sugarcoat it. We started off ahead, but then when we lost in the doubles we were then behind for a long time. We started to garner some of the momentum and started to squeeze it back a little bit. Certainly give them credit. They (UCLA) are very good, and are very capable of winning the tournament. They have a lot of experience with four seniors, and I thought they did a really good job."

On losing the doubles point...
"The real trick is not letting it be that big, even though it is emotionally. It is tough winning the match when you need to win four singles matches at this level, all the kids are quite even. I thought there was certainly an emotional hangover after losing the doubles after having the lead. The later you get into the tournament the more painful losing that point is."

POST MATCH NOTES

The crosstown and Pac 10 rivals UCLA and USC traveled 1,436 miles to Tulsa, Oklahoma to place its third match of the season . . . UCLA improved to 21-5, while USC closed out the season with a 19-8 mark . . . the victory over USC was the second in less than a month, and the third this season . . . UCLA advances to the quarterfinals for the 17th time since the present format of the NCAA occurred in 1982 . . . UCLA has won 12 of its last 13 matches with the only loss coming to another Pac 10 rival Stanford . . . No. 3 player Yasmin Schnack won her ninth consecutive match.

 
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