Women's Doubles Results - Day Four

(8) Chelsey Gullickson (Georgia) def. (1) Maria Mosolova (Northwestern), 6-1, 6-4
(2) Julia Cohen (Miami) def. Sanaz Marand (North Carolina), 7-5, 5-7, 6-1
(5) Mallory Cecil (Duke) def. (3) Aurelija Miseviciute (Arkansas), 6-3, 6-3
Laura Vallverdu (Miami) def. (9-16) Marrit Boonstra (Florida), 6-1, 6-7 (9), 6-3 


(1) Maria Mosolova (Northwestern):
"I just felt like I couldn’t make myself compete as hard as I did in the last three matches. Chelsey is obviously a very good player. She is at a different level compared to the other girls that I played in this tournament. I just didn’t really play well. I made too many unforced errors. Mainly I just didn’t compete well enough to beat her.”

(2) Julia Cohen (Miami):
"The first two sets I didn’t play that well, but I just competed well and won the match. I have played (Sanaz Marand of North Carolina) once before at Miami and I won 4-1.

"It’s amazing that there are two girls from the same team in the semis.  I think that is really good."

(On facing Mallory Cecil of Duke in the semifinals) "She is a really good player, but I am going to try my best. She has beaten me twice, once at ACCs and once here. I beat her once at home."

(8) Chelsey Gullickson (Georgia)
(On the comeback after being down 4-1 in the second set) “When I started to come back, she stepped her game up a little bit more. I kind of had some silly points here and there, but when I went down 4-1, I went back to my game plan that I had in the first set, just picking on her forehand a little bit more, just staying consistent and keeping balls in the court and just staying positive. I think I got a little agitated when I got down 4-1, but I just tried to stay positive and talk to Jeff (Wallace, coach) and have Jeff help me through it.

(On opponent having played a three-setter in each of the first three rounds) Going into the match I thought she was going to be a little bit tired because she has had a three-set match every match so far, but I tried not to keep that in my mind. We are all tired out here from the team and from here. I tried to keep that out of my mind that she was going to be tired.

“I feel like I have been playing really well. I think my main thing is just being focused and trying to keep my matches as short as possible. This is my tenth day playing a match or something, so I think my focus has just been really (good) the past couple of days and I feel like each day it is getting better and better and better.

I’m just trying to take one day at a time. I feel like I have been here for the past month, so I’m just trying to take one day at a time and hopefully I can leave here Tuesday morning with the trophy. We’ll see.

(5) Mallory Cecil (Duke):
(On her upset over No. 3 seed Aurelija Miseviciute of Arkansas) “It feels great, especially since I have been playing everyday. It feels good. It shows me that I am in pretty good shape, that I can hang out there. It's my first NCAAs, and I am in the semis. I am really happy. It is a huge honor. I am really glad to be here representing Duke and representing my team. Big honor.

Laura Vallverdu (Miami)
“I don’t know why, but when I was up 5-3 in the second I just got so nervous. I don’t think I’ve ever felt that feeling in my life. My arms started feeling heavy, my legs, everything. I guess I just got a little overwhelmed with the fact that I was going to get to the semis. You give the girl a window, and she’s going to take advantage. She started playing better. I started doubting myself, which had nothing to do with it. It’s just the fact that I wasn’t moving well. After I talked to my coach she was like, ‘It’s all in your control and you’re going to have to decide what to do with this match. If you don’t turn it around, you’re going to be really upset when you get out.’ I said, ‘all I’m going to do is just try to fight it off and don’t think about it,’ and I kind of did it. Then she got a little bit injured. I think her knee hurt a little at about 4-3 in the third set, and then I took advantage of that. She wanted to finish the points faster, so I started moving her a little more. I felt more in control. At the end of the match it was 5-3, and I was thinking about that second set. I just forgot about it and just thought about the ball and myself."

(On making the semis) “I kind of don’t want to talk about myself right now. It’s just so big that the University of Miami is going to have two girls in the final four. I’m just so happy for me and for Julia (Cohen).”

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