May 25, 2002
Stanford, Calif. - Megan Bradley and Lauren Fisher's quest for an NCAA doubles title came to an end Saturday, as the duo fell in the finals at the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships at Stanford University.
Bradley and Fisher, unseeded in the 32-team draw, lost to top-seeded Lauren Kalvaria/Gabriela Lastra of Stanford, 6-2, 6-3. Prior to Saturday, they upset three seeded teams en route to the final.
Bradley and Fisher were aiming to capture UCLA's first NCAA doubles crown since Susie Starrett and Keri Phebus won the title back in 1995.
(1) Kalvaria/Lastra (Stanford) def. Bradley/Fisher (UCLA) - 6-2, 6-3
Championship Match Final Notes
Lauren Kalvaria and Gabriela Lastra became Stanford's first NCAA Doubles Champion since the 1990 season, when Meredith McGrath and Teri Whitlinger captured the title ... Kalvaria and Lastra won three of their five tournament matches in three-sets, with the final two contests coming via straight-sets ... Kalvaria and Lastra conclude the 2002 season with a 34-3 overall mark, and won eight in a row and 21 of 22 to end the year ... UCLA was shooting for its first NCAA Doubles Championship since the 1995 season ... UCLA's Megan Bradley and Lauren Fisher were unseeded in the tournament draw and upset three seeded teams to reach the final.
Championship Match Final Quotes
Lauren Fisher, UCLA
"They're a great team and they played well. We didn't play as well as we wanted to and you have to be on your game to beat them."
Gabriela Lastra, Stanford
"This is incredible and just a dream come true. I wanted this so badly. I felt like we deserved this every year."
"I was confident in the fact that we had a tough draw in the tournament to get through to the final. I thought that if we were able to come out focused and play the way we did yesterday, we would have a good chance to win today."
Lauren Kalvaria, Stanford
"I've been dreaming about this for four years so this is a long time coming. I was a little nervous out there today, but Gaby (Gabriela Lastra) was able to pull through in some big points."
"Once we were able to win the second game of the first set, everything was going well. I feel like I started off a little tight and we had a couple of match points in the first set where I was making errors. They are a young team and we have experience and know how to play in those situations."
"I'll take the doubles title. A triple crown in this sport is almost unrealistic. I'm very happy with the way we were able to play this weekend and throughout the tournament."
Head Coach Lele Forood, Stanford
"I'm so ecstatic for Gaby and Lauren. They got to finish their college careers as doubles champions. They deserve it so much and have played great doubles all four years. They have a lot of faith in one other and are such good friends off the court that they want to win for each other, and that's the most important thing. "