(5-8) Hilary Barte/Lindsay Burdette (Stanford) vs. Natalie Pluskota/Caitlin Whoriskey (Tennessee), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (4)
(5-8) Mari Andersson/Jana Juricova (California) def. Csilla Borsanya/Lenka Broosova (Baylor), 6-4, 6-3
Lindsay Burdette (Stanford)
“I definitely didn’t expect them to come up with the volleys that they came up with. They played unbelievable. We had to play really solid to beat them. I never in this tournament thought that we would play a team more aggressive than we were, and they were. We are not use to that.
(On what made them successful) “First we had to figure out that they had studied us. They were onto our moves, and when we moved and when we went and when we didn’t from the beginning of the match. We just had to decide what we were going to do to counter that and take away what they were doing well, while also capitalizing on what we were doing well. So we just had to adjust, and it took a little bit of time.
“When Hilary is serving, I had so many easy volleys and easy setups because she serves really wel, and made a ton of first serves from the very beginning of the match. Not only were we winning those points, but it also gave me confidence to win other volleys as well.
“As far as how (being in the finals) feels, I’ve been trying not to think about it. I was just trying to think about that match, so to be honest, I haven’t really thought about moving forward that much. I’m really excited, and I’m really proud that there are two Pac-10 teams represented in the final.”
Hilary Barte (Stanford)
“I think that both teams play a very similar style of doubles, which it is rare for us to play a team like that. It took an adjustment for us, too. I think that we just played solid. It wasn’t anything special, no tricks or anything, we just played solid.
“Having Lindsay (at the net) takes a lot of pressure off of my serve. It allows me to swing a little bit more freely on my first serve because I know she is up there, and she has great hands. I don’t have to do anything special. "
(On their history against Cal) We have split with them. They got us the first time, and we have got them the second time.”
Natalie Pluskota (Tennessee)
“It’s so hard to be mad about a match like that, because we put everything into it. Props to Stanford. They came up with some great shots a few times. Yeah, we had chances, but they came up with the goods.
(On her double faults)”They were returning really well. I knew that I couldn’t just lay ball on the court. I wasn’t even thinking about my serve, because when I do, I miss. I just knew that I needed to go up after it, and as time went on more and more, I kept collapsing on my serve and it came out in the end.”
Caitlyn Whoriskey (Tennessee)
“The whole match was pretty much whoever took it to their opponent. We had nothing wrong to say about what we did. We had our chances. They came up lucky on a couple of shots, and good luck to them.
“Both sets it came down to one break serve. Even going into the tie breaker, whoever came up with a better return was going to set up the point for their team. It was pretty much like yesterday. We tried getting big serves and getting into a grove on the returns and there’s nothing you can do about that. It was pretty well played on both sides.
(On having the Tennessee men’s doubles team cheering them on) “It helps you when you have people behind you. You couldn’t ask for a better crowd than the men’s team. They’re in the finals right now, and I guess we’ll return the favor and watch them tomorrow.
“She (Stanford’s Hilary Barte) is a lefty, so her serves are going to be more difficult to return. She came up with pretty good returns there at the end. I think the last two games in the third set, she had a little rough patch. She was the craftier of the two. We knew Lindsay (Burdette) was going to be more solid and try to get the ball through us, and Hilary was going to try move us and make plays. It was just a matter of making up our minds to see where we wanted to hit.”
Mari Andersson, California
“We got off to a very good start in the beginning and then there was this game that was pretty long that we lost. We kind of gave them a chance to come back in the match. We just had to stay on top of it. I think we had more energy than them today. It was a small difference, but it was our day today, I guess. We won the important points. In doubles, those go really fast if you get off to a good start.”
Jana Juricova, California
“I’m super excited. It’s just amazing. We just have to play our game and not get too excited.
“I would say we are trying to keep the same energy level in all of the matches. We are just more excited the closer we get to finals. It was a bit better today, but we were the same according to yesterday in the quarterfinals.
“It’s really amazing. Coming into this year, I didn’t play a lot of doubles. I played basically all of the singles, so it took me a little effort to learn how to do all of it. It is satisfying to see that we are in finals.
“It is going to be a tough match no matter who we play. I am not expecting an easy match. We didn’t have an easy match here since the beginning.”
Lenka Broosova (Baylor)
“I think the main difference was that we got down 5-1. You can’t do that against a team like Cal. They were up 5-1 and we started playing like that. If it would have been 5-1 and we would have won the first set easily, but they’re a good team and obviously they closed it out.
“We wanted to win it all and we didn’t. We wanted to win singles and we didn’t. Then we wanted to win doubles and we didn’t. So, we’re going to work harder and try again next year when we’re both seniors. That’s all we have.”
Csilla Borsanyi, Baylor
“Obviously the loss was very disappointing. I was expecting a win today, because we had a really good chance to win. I think the big key today was the first striking and my serve was a little bit off today. I think it cost a lot to us. I think next time I just have to focus more on my serve and set my partner up a little bit better, and then I think we’re going to be in good shape.
“I think at 5-1 we got the rhythm and then we just went with the flow. Then the game at 5-4 was really long and it was depending on just a little bit. I think we missed a couple balls by a little. We were right there. We could have won that first set. After we lost that first set, we were like, ‘Okay we’re going to come out and we’re going to be sharp from the beginning.’ So, we were believing in it.”