May 26, 2008
Tulsa, Okla. - UCLA's Tracy Lin and Riza Zalameda became the sixth team in school history to capture the NCAA Doubles Championship, posting a three-set victory over Fresno State's Melanie Gloria/Tinesta Rowe at Tulsa's Michael D. Case Tennis Center on Monday.
Lin and Zalameda, seeded No. 1 in the NCAA Doubles draw, posted a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 victory over the second-seeded tandem of Gloria and Rowe in Monday's final. They are the first Bruin team to capture the NCAA Doubles title since Daniela Bercek and Lauren Fisher in 2004.
"It was a very exciting win," said Zalameda. "We just came into it pretty confident in our skills. We've been playing for two weeks and our shots are pretty refined. All we had to do was execute. We knew they were a great team because I saw them earlier this year and we were expecting them to come out big. They did come out big on certain points, but we just toughed it out."
Added Lin, "They were the only team to take a set from us the entire tournament. In the third set, we were fortunate enough to get an early break and stayed on top of them. Things just went our way today."
Other Bruin teams to win NCAA titles in doubles include: Heather Ludloff/Lynn Lewis (1982), Allyson Cooper/Stella Sampras (1988), Mamie Cenezia/Iwalani McCalla (1992) and Keri Phebus/Susie Starrett (1995).
"I have a lot of confidence in this team," said head coach Stella Sampras Webster. "They've won a lot this season and they're the No. 1 ranked team in the country. They knew that they were a better team, they just needed to go out and play really well."
Complete results from the championships can be found online by clicking HERE