May 19, 2008
Tulsa, Okla. - For the second year in a row the UCLA women's tennis team will be playing in the NCAA Championship match, as the seventh-seeded Bruins recorded a 4-2 victory No. 6 Florida in a semifinal showdown at Tulsa's Michael D. Case Tennis Center on Monday. Tomorrow's final will be an all-Pac-10 affair, as eighth-seeded Cal upset No. 5 Baylor, 4-3 in the day's other contest. The final can be seen live on ESPNU beginning at 2:00 p.m. (CST).
"We did a great job competing, Florida is a tough team," said UCLA head coach Stella Sampras Webster. "Overall it was a great battle. My team has been looking forward to this tournament all year and we are playing our best tennis. Winning that doubles point was huge."
UCLA faced an uphill battle before Monday's match even started, as the Bruins faced the daunting task of trying to become the first team to take the doubles point from the Gators this season. Elizabeth Lumpkin and Stephanie Wetmore got things started for the Bruins, as the duo downed Whitney Benik/Csilla Borsanyi, 8-3 at court No. 2. UCLA would end up winning the point at court No. 3 when Alex McGoodwin and Yasmin Schnack handed the duo of Julia Cohen and Anastasia Revzina an 8-5 defeat. It marked the first loss of the season for Cohen and Revzina, as the Gator duo headed into the match with a 21-0 overall record.
Once singles play began, senior Riza Zalameda, ranked No. 8 in the country, gave UCLA a 2-0 lead when she downed Cohen, 6-2, 6-1 at court No. 1. Florida would answer right back, however, as the Gators were leading in the second set at every court at the time of Zalameda's victory. Florida's Megan Alexander handed Schnack her first loss of the tournament, winning 6-4, 6-3 at court No. 3. The Gators would even the match at 2-2 shortly thereafter, as Revzina made up for her doubles loss with a 6-4, 6-3 win over McGoodwin at court No. 6.
Just when it looked like Florida had gained the momentum, UCLA bounced right back when freshman Andrea Remynse brought the Bruins to within a point of clinching with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Benik at court No 4. Things looked pretty good for the Bruins at that point, as Lumpkin was up 3-0 at court No. 5, and Tracy Lin was up a set at court No. 2.
Lumpkin would end up finishing things off for the Bruins, taking a 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 victory over Marrit Boonstra to make it 4-2 UCLA. Serving for the match up 5-2, Lumpkin converted her sixth match point on a swinging volley to the corner.
UCLA was in good shape even if Lumpkin had failed to close things out, as Lin was up a set and a break in her match against Borsanyi at court No. 2.
Notes: UCLA and Cal faced off twice during the regular season, with the Golden Bears winning 4-3 at UCLA on March 1, and the Bruins winning 4-3 at Cal on April 4 ... It marks the third time in five years that UCLA has advanced to the title match (2004, 2007 and 2008) ... Tuesday will mark the seventh all Pac-10 final in NCAA history and first since Stanford and UCLA in 2004 ... Bruin freshman Andrea Remynse is 5-0 in the tournament at No. 4 singles.
1. (1) Lin/Zalameda (UCLA) vs. (8) Alexander/Boonstra (UF) - 5-6 Susp.
2. (56) Lumpkin/Stephanie Wetmore (UCLA) def. Benik/Borsanyi (UF) - 8-3
3. McGoodwin/Schnack (UCLA) def. Cohen/Revzina (UF) - 8-5
UCLA Wins Doubles Point -- Order of Finish: 2, 3
1. (8) Riza Zalameda (UCLA) def. (29) Julia Cohen (UF) - 6-2, 6-1
2. (30) Tracy Lin (UCLA) vs. (33) Csilla Borsanyi (UF) - 7-6(5), 4-2 Susp.
3. (116) Megan Alexander (UF) def. (42) Yasmin Schnack (UCLA) - 6-4, 6-3
4. (54) Andrea Remynse (UCLA) def. Whitney Benik (UF) - 6-3, 6-4
5. (105) Elizabeth Lumpkin (UCLA) def. Marrit Boonstra (UF) - 6-4, 2-6, 6-2*
6. (96) Anastasia Revzina (UF) def. (124) Alex McGoodwin (UCLA) - 6-4, 6-3
* Denotes Clinching Match -- Order of Finish: 1, 3, 6, 4, 5