Georgia 4, California 2

May 19, 2005

ATHENS, Ga. -- The eighth-seeded Georgia women's tennis team advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships on Thursday with a 4-2 victory against California at Henry Field Stadium.

The Bulldogs moved into the quarters of the national tournament for the 17th time in the past 19 years, including each of the last eight NCAAs.

Georgia will take on top-seeded Stanford on Friday at 11 a.m. The Cardinal is 24-0 this season following its 4-0 victory against Harvard.

"We're confident about playing Stanford," Georgia coach Jeff Wallace said.

"Yes, they're a tough team and on paper they're the best in the tournament, but we're ready to play. We played Stanford once already this year and it was a tough match, but we battled the whole way. This time it's different because it's on our courts."

In Thursday's match, Georgia opened by winning the doubles point. Shadisha Robinson and Caroline Basu, the nation's top-rated team, topped Suzi Babos and Stephanie Kusano 8-1, and Evgenia Subbotina and Kelley Hyndman knocked off Jessica Shu and Tiffany Lee 8-2.

Jitka Schonfeldova made it 2-0 in favor of Georgia with a straight-sets win against Cristina Visico. Basu pushed it to 3-0 as she knocked off Monica Wiesener. After Cal won matches at No. 1 and No. 5 to pull within 3-2, Frasier defeated Kusano to clinch the match for the Bulldogs.

"I was having fun today, but I always have fun," Frazier said. "I believe in giving 100 percent on the court and as long as you're doing that it should go well and should be fun. I knew that if I stayed solid and gave it all during the match that the result would turn out well for me and for the team."

Cal ends its season at 14-9.

"I thought we matched up really well with Mississippi and Miami last weekend, and I knew we would have to play as well as we did there, which we did not," California coach Jan Brogan said. "Georgia's doubles teams are pretty dynamic, all three of them. We've struggled with doubles most of the season. Once they won the doubles point, I thought they would play with a lot of confidence in singles. Suzi (Babos) has beaten Shadisha (Robinson) before, so I felt pretty good there. We've been really solid at No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 all year so I thought we could challenge them there. Cristina (Visico) had won 17 straight dual matches (at No. 6)."

"I'm real proud of all my players," Wallace said. "I think we did a great job against a solid team. Cal came in confident off of their win over Miami, but I felt like we set the tone with our great doubles play, where we only lost four games in three doubles matches. Then we took care of business in the singles matches. We came out with the mindset of playing solid and trying to keep our shots in and that way of thinking led to our opportunities to play the more aggressive shots that we were hitting later in the matches."

Singles competition
1. #8 Suzi Babos (CAL-W) def. #10 Shadisha Robinson (UGA-W) 6-3, 0-6, 6-2
2. #27 Natalie Frazier (UGA-W) def. #78 Stephanie Kusano (CAL-W) 6-3, 6-4
3. Caroline Basu (UGA-W) def. Monica Wiesener (CAL-W) 6-3, 6-0
4. Kelley Hyndman (UGA-W) vs. Marion Ravelojaona (CAL-W) 6-3, 5-4, unfinished
5. Jessica Shu (CAL-W) def. Evgenia Subbotina (UGA-W) 6-1, 6-3
6. Jitka Schonfeldova (UGA-W) def. #73 Cristina Visico (CAL-W) 6-1, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. #1 Shadisha Robinson/Caroline Basu (UGA-W) def. #37 Suzi Babos/Stephanie Kusano (CAL-W) 8-1
2. Evgenia Subbotina/Kelley Hyndman (UGA-W) def. Jessica Shu/Tiffany Lee (CAL-W) 8-2
3. Natalie Frazier/Jitka Schonfeldova (UGA-W) vs. Cristina Visico/Marion Ravelojaona (CAL-W) 6-1, unfinished

Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,3,1,5,2)
Seeds: Georgia #8, California #17-32
NCAA Women's Championships Round of 16

QUOTES

Georgia 4, California 2

Georgia Head Coach Jeff Wallace
Im real proud of all my players, I think we did a great job against a solid team. Cal came in confident off of their win over Miami, but I felt like we set the tone with our great doubles play, where we only lost four games in three doubles matches. Then we took care of business in the singles matches. We came out with the mindset of playing solid and trying to keep our shots in and that way of thinking led to our opportunities to play the more aggressive shots that we were hitting later in the matches.

It wasnt just tight when Cal started coming back, to me it was tight even when we were up 3-0. Cal is a tough team so I knew theyd battle, but I was confident because I knew we had Natalie [Frazier] on court No. 2 and I am always confident in her. Its a great feeling when you have three sophomores and one freshman on courts No. 1-4 and you see them taking care of business.

Were confident about playing Stanford. Yes, theyre a tough team and on paper theyre the best in the tournament, but were ready to play. I have to convince my players that were playing to win. We playedStanford once already this year and it was a tough match, but we battled the whole way. This time its different because its on our courts.

Georgias Caroline Basu
I was smiling because I was having fun. Its so great to be in the NCAA tournament. I was feeling the ball really well today and moving the ball all over the court which is just part of my game. Doing that in front of the home crowd, its just fun. We really enjoyed all the fans.

Georgias Natalie Frazier
I was having fun today, but I always have fun. I believe in giving 100 percent on the court and as long as youre doing that it should go well and should be fun. I knew that if I stayed solid and gave it all during the match that the result would turn out well for me and for the team.

Were ready for Stanford. We played them earlier this year in a match where the score might not reflect how hard we battled. Stanford has a great team but I know were confident. I am sure were goiing to go out and give 100 percent in front of our home crowd.

California Head Coach Jan Brogan
I thought we matched up really well with Mississippi and Miami last weekend, and I knew we would have to play as well as we did there, which we did not. Georgias doubles teams are pretty dynamic, all three of them. Weve struggled with doubles most of the season. Once they won the doubles point, I thought they would play with a lot of confidence in singles. Suzi (Babos) has beaten Shadisha (Robinson) before, so I felt pretty good there. Weve been really solid at No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 all year so I thought we could challenge them there. Cristina (Visico) had won 17 straight dual matches (at No. 6).

-- Courtesy Georgia