(5-8) Mari Andersson/Jana Juricova (California) def. (5-8) Hilary Barte/Lindsay Burdette (Stanford), 6-3, 6-4
Mari Andersson and Jana Juricova become the fifth team from Cal to win the NCAA doubles title since the tournament began in 1982…Every Cal team that has reached the finals has gone on to win the national championship…Cal’s last doubles championship was in 2003 when Christina Fusano and Raquel Kops-Jones defeated Sarah Witten and Amy Trefethen of Kentucky…This is the seventh time that two teams from the same conference faced off in the finals…This is the 11th year Stanford has reached the finals in women’s doubles and the first time since 2005 when both finalists were from Stanford.
Jana Juricova, California
“I feel great. I am kind of relieved it. It has been a long two weeks, but I am really really happy. Especially after we lost in the finals of the team matches, this felt the same all over again, so I just tried to not get too excited until the end.
(On what comes next) “We’re a little injured, so I think it’s best just to get it together and then play again”
Mari Andersson, California
“I feel really excited. I don’t think I’ve really understood it yet, but it’s great. We expected a tough match. From day one, we’ve just kept fighting until the end. We just tried to play our game. We kind of knew. We’ve played them twice already, so we kind of knew that to expect. We knew we had to play really well to win today.
(On what comes next) “First two weeks, anything but tennis. Going home in the summer is so exciting, so this is the perfect finish to the season.”
California Head Coach Amanda Agustus
“I knew today that they were going to go out there with amazing intensity and effort because it was really heartbreaking for us a week or so ago in the team finals. I just told them that had to take it day-by-day and round-by-round in the individual tournament and they said they just didn’t want to go home with two silver trophies. I knew Stanford would give us a great match today. We always love playing them because it’s great tennis. They’re well coached. They fight hard. They’re our big traditional rivals. We have a lot of respect for their program and their players and coaches. To go out there and get it done on the court, personally, I’m really proud of these guys. They came in not know they were going to be playing doubles because they’ve been playing more singles. They’ve been working really hard on their singles game all season and to see it culminate to this is really great for our school. I know everyone back at Cal is going to be really proud.”
Lindsay Burdette (Stanford)
“It was real tough. They put a lot of pressure on us, and we weren’t quite as sharp as we could have been. It’s always a little nerve racking being in the finals. It’s the last dance, and everybody knows that. They were under the same conditions, and they were playing really well. They handled it really well.