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Stanford, UCLA, Cal join Georgia Tech in NCAA tennis semis

5/21/2007 - Tennis

ATHENS, Ga. -- The NCAA women's tennis championships
resembles a Pac-10 tournament.

Three teams from the conference advanced to the semifinals
Sunday, with top-seeded Stanford beating Miami 4-1, 12th-seeded
UCLA upsetting No. 4 Florida 4-3, and No. 10 California stunning
second-seeded Georgia 4-1.

Third-seeded Georgia Tech also advanced to Monday's semifinals.
The Yellow Jackets reached the semifinals for the first time with a
4-2 victory over Notre Dame.

The Cardinal will take on UCLA, and California will face the
Yellow Jackets.

"This wasn't an easy match," said Stanford's Whitney Deason,
who scored the deciding point in No. 4 singles with a 6-2, 6-4
victory over Miami's Romy Farah.

Miami's Audra Cohen won the No. 1 singles match handily, beating
Theresa Logar 6-0, 6-3.

The No. 5 singles match gave UCLA its victory over the Lady
Gators when Alex McGoodwin beat Csilla Borsany 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).

"It was a really tight match, especially when I got broken
there late in the second set," McGoodwin said. "I think we were
both nervous and we both really, really wanted to win."

Florida won both Nos. 1 and 2 singles. Diana Srebrovic beat Riza
Zalameda 6-3, 0-6, 7-5 in No. 1 and Megan Alexander took care of
Tracy Lin 6-2, 6-4 in No. 2.

"I am speechless," California coach Jan Brogan said after her
team upset Georgia. "Heart and spirit is what won this one for us
tonight. This is probably the highest seeded team that we've beaten
to get to the semifinals."

California won when Cristino Visico beat Darya Ivanov 7-5, 6-4
in No. 5 singles.

"I hate we lost but you have to credit Cal because they came
out with the victory," said Georgia's No. 1 singles player,
Natalie Frazier, who beat Susie Babos 6-2, 6-2 for the only Lady
Bulldogs victory.

Tech clinched its victory over the Irish when Amanda McDowell
disposed of Kelcy Tefft in the No. 4 singles match, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1.

"I knew we needed to win one more, and I was playing with no
fear," McDowell said.