May 20, 2007
Athens, Ga. - Senior Alex McGoodwin's match-clinching victory at the No. 5 position helped the No. 12 UCLA women's tennis team post a 4-3 upset over fourth-ranked Florida in the NCAA Quarterfinals on Sunday at the University of Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex. The Bruins (20-7), who advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2004, will take on top-ranked Stanford on Monday at 3:00 p.m. (EST). The Cardinal defeated No. 9 Miami, 4-1 on Sunday.
With the team score tied at 3-3, McGoodwin found herself serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set. Her opponent, Csilla Borsanyi, saved three match points to break for 5-5. The match eventually went to a tiebreaker where McGoodwin closed it out 7-4.
"It was a really tight match, especially when I got broken there late in the second set," said McGoodwin. "I think we were both nervous and we both really, really wanted to win. When I got broken, I just settled down and told myself to go back, serve and just play hard. I was hoping Riza (Zalameda) could close out the match at No. 1, but when it came down to 3-all, I knew I just had to keep playing as hard as I can."
UCLA actually owned a 3-0 lead in the match before Florida stormed back to tie it at 3-all. The Bruins took the doubles point with a pair of victories at court Nos. 1 and 3. Elizabeth Lumpkin and Stephanie Wetmore clinched the point when they defeated Megan Alexander/Anastasia Revzina, 8-6 at court No. 3. Court No. 2 was tied at 5-5 when play was suspended.
"The doubles point was obviously big for us today," said head coach Stella Sampras Webster. "Generally, when we win the doubles point, we can win every match we play".
Already with a 1-0 lead heading into singles action, UCLA jumped out to a 2-0 advantage when freshman Yasmin Schnack dismantled Revzina, 6-4, 6-1 at court No. 3. The Bruins then moved within a point of clinching, as Lumpkin took a 6-2, 6-4 decision against Whitney Benik at court No. 6 to make it 3-0.
Florida, however, didn't go down without a fight, as the Gators took the next three matches to even it up. Next off was court No. 3, where Alexander notched a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Tracy Lin. Court No. 4 was next to finish, as Nina Suvak downed Bruin sophomore Ashley Joelson, 6-3, 7-5. Florida's Diana Srebovic then made things interesting, coming back after losing the second set at love to defeat Riza Zalameda, 6-3, 0-6, 7-5.
Srebovic's victory at court No. 1 set up McGoodwin's match-clinching win at court No. 5, the first of her career.
"Florida made us work for everything we got today," added Sampras Webster. "We knew it would come down to the wire and it did. I'm just really proud of our only senior for coming through. She pulled it out for us. I think we're playing with great confidence right now, probably our best tennis of the season."
The Bruins dropped a pair of 4-3 decisions to Stanford during the regular season. UCLA is making its eighth appearance in the NCAA Semifinals and first since advancing all the way to the finals in 2004. Sunday's victory avenges a 4-3 loss to Florida in last year's round of 16. Florida ends its season 24-3 overall.
NCAA Women's Tennis Championships - Quarterfinals
#12 UCLA 4, #4 Florida 3 (at Athens, Ga.)
1. (19) Schnack/Zalameda (UCLA) def. (15) Borsanyi/Srebovic (UF) - 8-2
2. (53) Joelson/McGoodwin (UCLA) led Benik/Suvak (UF) - 6-5 Susp.
3. (41) Lumpkin/Stephanie Wetmore (UCLA) def. Alexander/Revzina (UF) - 8-6
UCLA wins doubles point --- Order of finish: 1, 3
1. (23) Diana Srebovic (UF) def. (15) Riza Zalameda (UCLA) - 6-3, 0-6, 7-5
2. (39) Megan Alexander (UF) def. (40) Tracy Lin (UCLA) - 6-2, 6-4
3. (56) Yasmin Schnack (UCLA) def. (92) Anastasia Revzina (UF) - 6-4, 6-1
4. (122) Nina Suvak (UF) def. (107) Ashley Joelson (UCLA) - 6-3, 7-5
5. Alex McGoodwin (UCLA) def. (58) Csilla Borsanyi (UF) - 6-4, 7-6(4)*
6. Elizabeth Lumpkin (UCLA) def. Whitney Benik (UF) - 6-2, 6-4
Order of finish: 3, 6, 2, 4, 1, 5 --- * Denotes Clinching Match