Clemson 4, Northwestern 3
Clemson 4, Northwestern 3May 19, 2005
1. #2 Julie Coin (CLEM-W) def. #4 Audra Cohen (NW-W) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
2. #21 Cristelle Grier (NW-W) def. #59 Romy Farah (CLEM-W) 1-6, 6-4, 6-1
3. #76 Alexis Prousis (NW-W) def. Alix Lacelarie (CLEM-W) 6-1, 6-4
4. Maria Brito (CLEM-W) def. Valerie Vladea (NW-W) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
5. Daniela Alvarez (CLEM-W) def. Andrea Young (NW-W) 6-1, 6-3
6. Carol Salge (CLEM-W) def. Alexis Conill (NW-W) 6-1, 6-2
1. #12 Julie Coin/Alix Lacelarie (CLEM-W) def. #2 Audra Cohen/Cristelle Grier (NW-W) 8-1
2. Alexis Prousis/Kristi Roemer (NW-W) def. Daniela Alvarez/Maria Brito (CLEM-W) 8-1
3. Valerie Vladea/Fereil Esseghir (NW-W) def. Romy Farah/Carol Salge (CLEM-W) 8-4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (3,5,6,2,4,1)
Seeds: Nortwestern #5, Clemson #12
NCAA Women's Championships Round of 16
Clemson 4, Northwestern 3
Clemson Head Coach Nancy Harris
We played a great match against a great team. Throughout the match the lead kept see-sawing back and forth. At the end the match was anybodys tow in. Those are what make college matches because at the end it came down to the will to win and had it. We played afraid during the doubles portion of the match so we came out in singles to fight hard. I was very proud of our team for fighting back and getting the win. Its a great win for Clemson and the state of South Carolina.
This match was especially great beacuse I felt like today was the first time weve played up to our potential all year. During the season we played what I think might be the toughest schedule in the country and had to deal with a lot of injuries. Its great that we are finally playing to our potential here.
Our oppenents were a great team. They were well coached and they were a group of fighters. This is one of the few teams this year that played more agressively than we did. Beating this great oppenent makes me really proud of my team.
Clemson Player Maria Maria Brito
I was just thinking to myself, just get this one point for the team.
Were playing the best that we have all year. Were all very close like a family so we didnt want to let the seniors go out today.
Clemson Player Julie Coin
Its so tough to play in a match like that as a senior. I caught myself looking at Marias [Maria Britos] court and watching her score. I started to get a little nervous then and I played like it. My coach just kept saying, Look at your strings or the net, just focus on your court. I kept trying but I kept looking.
In the end I was speechless, then I saw my teammates rushing on the court to meet me and I just thought, Weve won!. It has been a tough year playing mostly with just six players on the team. The challenge of playing with six has made us tougher and now that is coming out in these matches. Were stronger now and more confident in the tough matches.
I really enjoy playing down here. We know the courts from last year and we like them. Its also close to clemson so we can get a lot of fans down here.
Northwestern Head Coach Claire Pollard
It was a great college match, and one were proud to be involved with. But its hard to look at the positives right now because weve been to this stage before and havent been able to get past it.
-- Courtesy Georgia