Stanford, UCLA, Cal join Georgia Tech in NCAA tennis semis
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.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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