SEMIFINALS SET FOR ITA NATIONAL WOMEN’S TEAM INDOORS
No. 1 Northwestern, No. 2 California advance
MADISON, Wis. – The Semifinals have been set for the 16 teams competing in the 2009 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Women's Team Indoor Championships hosted by the University of Wisconsin at the A.C. Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championships: Quarterfinals
#1 Northwestern 4, #8 Duke 3
Notre Dame 4, #4 Baylor 3
#6 Georgia 6, #3 UCLA 1
#2 California 5, #7 Georgia Tech 2
ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championships: First Round
#1 Northwestern 6, Miami (FL) 1
#8 Duke 7, Wisconsin 0
#4 Baylor 4, North Carolina 3
Notre Dame 4, #5 Stanford 3
#6 Georgia 4, USC 3
#3 UCLA 4, Florida 3
#7 Georgia Tech 4, Fresno State 3
#2 California 4, Clemson 3
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California (5-0): The second-ranked Golden Bears defeated the defending champion No. 7 Georgia Tech, 5-2, to advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2004. Cal came out and pounced on the Yellow Jackets by claiming wins on all three doubles courts including an impressive 8-6 win at the No. 1 position as the seventh-ranked duo of Marina Cossou and Claire Ilcinkas upset fifth-ranked Irina Falconi and Amanda McDowell to seal the point for the Bears. The Bears carried their doubles momentum into singles play as they took a 2-0 match lead with a win on court four when No. 30-ranked Ilcinkas posted a 6-3, 6-3 win over No. 57 Noelle Hickey. No. 52-ranked freshman Jana Juricova continued to pad her resume as she claimed her 22nd victory this season and her 10th in a row, by defeating 23rd-ranked Falconi 6-3, 7-5 on court two to put Cal up 3-0 in the match. The Jackets fought back to gain some ground on the Bears as Viet Ha Ngo gave senior Marion Ravelojaona just her third singles loss of the year by coming away with a 7-5, 6-0 victory on court six. Georgia Tech made things interesting when No. 11 McDowell defeated No. 13 Cossou on the top court in a stunning 6-0, 6-3 win, putting the Jackets within one point at 3-2. The one-point deficit was as close as Georgia Tech would get however as sophomore Mari Andersson put things away for the Bears with a 6-3, 7-5 win on court three over No. 27-ranked Christy Striplin. No. 15-ranked senior Bojana Bobusic was the last to get off court but did so with a victory over Sasha Krupina, 6-0, 5-7, 1-0; taking the tiebreaker by a 10-5 score. Bobusic has now won eight consecutive singles matches and 19 on the year.
First Round Matchup: No. 2 California def. Clemson, 4-3
Quarterfinal Matchup: No. 2 California def. Georgia Tech, 5-2
Semifinal Matchup: No. 2 California vs. No. 6 Georgia – 3:30 p.m. (CT)
Georgia (7-0): The sixth-ranked Bulldogs crushed defending NCAA champion and third-ranked UCLA 6-1 to move in to the semifinals. UGA captured the doubles point for a 1-0 lead en route to the win. The 34th-ranked Bulldog duo of Nadja Gilchrist and Monika Dancevic put the clamps on Ashley Joelson and Carling Seguson, 8-1 before the No. 3 doubles team of Naoko Ueshima and Cameron Ellis clinched the point with an 8-3 win over Stephanie Wetmore and Jordan Dockendorf. Georgia continued a strong start in the match as Dancevic made quick work of Joelson at No. 4, beating her 6-3, 6-0 for a 2-0 lead. Ellis rallied back against Wetmore at No. 6, posting a 2-6, 6-0, 6-0 win to put Georgia in front 3-0. The Bruins stayed alive with a win at No. 2 as Schnack edged Hyndman 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-4 to make it 3-1 in the match. Ueshima clinched the Bulldog win, breezing past Carling Seguso 6-1, 6-1. Georgia will look to continue its success here against the West Coast powerhouses. After beating ninth-ranked USC and 2008 NCAA Champion UCLA, the Bulldogs will face second-ranked California.
First Round Matchup: No. 6 Georgia def. USC, 4-3
Quarterfinal Matchup: No. 6 Georgia def. No. 3 UCLA, 6-1
Semifinal Matchup: No. 6 Georgia vs. No. 2 California – 3:30 p.m. (CT)
Northwestern (5-0): The top-ranked No. 1 Northwestern faced a stiff challenge but answered the call with a 4-3 victory. With the match even at three apiece, Nazllie Ghazal clinched the win for the 'Cats with her dramatic three-set defeat of Melissa Mang at No. 5 singles. Ghazal and Mang squared off in the final match to get underway, with Ghazal taking the first set 6-4 before Mang answered with a 6-2 win in the second. With the tension mounting, Ghazal seized her opportunity to send the Wildcats through to the next round, losing just one point in the final game to clinch a 7-5 third-set win. Earlier in the day, Northwestern secured a 1-0 lead entering singles competition thanks to wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles positions. Singles play began with Duke's 48th-ranked Amanda Granson proving to be too much for Lauren Lui, tying the team score at one after her 6-2 second-set win. At the No. 6 spot, Robison picked up a point for the Wildcats with a 7-5, 6-3 defeat of the Blue Devils' Jessi Robinson. The Blue Devils came right back as 43rd-ranked Ellah Nze, took control on her way to a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 set victory, bringing the match to a 2-2 tie. Top-ranked Mosolova struggled in the first set against Duke freshman Mallory Cecil, who won the frame by a 6-1 margin. In the second, Mosolova went ahead 2-1 and did not relinquish the lead, winning 6-2 before outlasting Cecil in the third, 6-3. Murray fell in straight sets in her No. 3 singles match against 56th-ranked Zsilinszka, setting up the dramatic finish by Ghazal.
First Round Matchup: No. 1 Northwestern def. Miami (FL), 6-1
Quarterfinal Matchup: No. 1 Northwestern def. No. 8 Duke, 4-3
Semifinal Matchup: No. 1 Northwestern vs. Notre Dame – 3:30 p.m. (CT)
Notre Dame (6-0): The 14th-ranked Irish won their second consecutive 4-3 match with a victory over fourth-ranked Baylor. The doubles point was closely contested, coming down to court two to decide the point. On court one, the third-ranked Lady Bear duo of Lenka Broosova and Csilla Borsanyi defeated top-ranked Kristy Frilling and Kelcy Tefft, 8-0 in an dominating performance while Notre Dame's Shannon Mathews and Colleen Rielley defeated Nina Sercerbegovic and Kasia Siwosz, 8-4. On court two, Cosmina Ciobanu and Kali Krisik edged Taylor Ormond and Jelena Stanivuk 9-8, to clinch the point for Notre Dame. Mathews defeated Korolina Filipak, 6-0, 6-1, on court six to give Notre Dame a 2-0 lead. No. 65 Stanivuk rolled over No. 62 Kristen Rafael on court four, 6-2 .6-0, to get Baylor on the board and tied the match as Broosova extended her dual-match winning streak to 23 with a win over No. 39 Frilling, 6-3. 6-3. No. 45 Tefft took down No. 19 Ormond in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4, at the No. 1 spot to put Notre Dame ahead 3-2 before No. 32 Borsanyi defeated No. 46 Krisik 6-2, 6-3, on court three to tie the match again. Secerbegovic, who clinched the Bears first-round win over North Carolina fell to Ciobanu, 6-4, 6-3, to seal the victory for Notre Dame.
First Round Matchup: Notre Dame def. No. 5 Stanford, 4-3
Quarterfinal Matchup: Notre Dame def. No. 4 Baylor, 4-3
Semifinal Matchup: Notre Dame vs. No. 1 Northwestern – 3:30 p.m. (CT)
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