Clemson 4, North Carolina 1

May 20, 2005

ATHENS, Ga. - Play continued Friday at the 2005 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens. Stanford, Clemson, Texas and Florida each stamped tickets to Saturday's semifinals.

Action begins at 11 am as top-seeded Stanford takes on 12th-seeded Clemson, followed by 11th-seeded Texas and second-seeded Florida squaring off at 3 pm.

Defending national champion Stanford recorded a 4-1 victory against Georgia in the morning match, as play was moved indoors due to inclement weather. The two teams finished doubles and played all the singles matches in the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Courts. Stanford has now reached the semifinals at the NCAAs in 22 of the last 23 years.

Clemson advanced to face Stanford after a 4-1 win against conference foe North Carolina. Clemson claimed the doubles point and won the top three singles matches en route to their second straight appearance in the NCAA semifinals. Doubles play was completed just before the rain came, and the two teams endured a two hour and 56 minute delay before resuming play. A 56-minute rain delay occurred late in singles play as well.

The other semifinal will feature second-ranked Florida ó a 4-2 winner against Southern California. Gator Jennifer Magley clinched the victory at No. 1 singles to send Florida to the national semifinals for the 17th time in the last 19 years. Florida's Zerene Reyes won her 100th career doubles match, making her just the fifth Gator to post 100 career wins in singles and doubles.

The Longhorns won three singles matches in straight sets to advance to the NCAA semifinals for the first time since 1997 with a 4-2 win against third-seeded Kentucky. Texas used a 9-8 (7) victory at No. 2 doubles to clinch the doubles point, and Lara Maurer put the match in the books with a win at No. 5 singles.

This year's tournament marks the first time since the NCAA field expanded to 64 teams in 1999 that two double-digit seeds have reached the semifinals (No. 11 Texas and No. 12 Clemson).

#12 CLEMSON 4, #13 NORTH CAROLINA 1
Doubles
1. Julie Coin and Alix Lacelarie-12 (CLEM) def. Aniela Mojzis and Kendall Cline-5 (UNC), 8-3
2. Sara Anundsen and Jenna Long-40 (UNC) def. Daniela Alvarez and Maria Brito (CLEM), 8-0
3. Romy Farah and Carol Salge (CLEM) def. Caitlin Collins and Tanja Markovic (UNC), 8-3
Clemson wins the doubles point.

Singles
1. Julie Coin-2 (CLEM) def. Aniela Mojzis-41 (UNC), 6-3, 5-7, 6-2
2. Romy Farah-59 (CLEM) def. Kendall Cline-24 (UNC), 2-6, 6-2, 6-0
3. Alix Lacelarie (CLEM) def. Jenna Long (UNC), 6-3, 6-2
4. Sara Anundsen (UNC) def. Maria Brito (CLEM), 6-4, 6-2
5. Daniela Alvarez (CLEM) vs. Caitlin Collins (UNC), 7-6(5), 5-7, susp.
6. Carol Salge (CLEM) vs. Tanja Markovic (UNC), 6-3, 6-7(2), 2-1, susp.

QUOTES

Clemson 4, North Carolina 1

Clemson Head Coach Nancy Harris

We are excited to play Stanford tomorrow. Its really exciting now to see all these teams from the East in the last four of the tournament. It didnt used to be like that.. We want to create a tradition here and be like the Stanford of the East Coast. I have told this team that they are a legacy team. They have set the standard over their careers by which all other Clemson teams will be judged. Tomorrow we will have to play like a legacy team, because Stanford is already a legacy team and well have to play a little bit better than they do.

The hardest part of the rain delays was monitoring food. During the first delay we went back to the hotel and showered, ate and changed clothes before we returned to the courts. Then when we were on the courts it seemed like every time we were about to grab the momentum the rain would come. I kept thinking, those are North Carolina skies not South Carolina skies.

Clemsons Julie Coin

I wasnt bothered too much by the delays; if anything, they helped. The rain delays affect both players. They both have to wait, and it helped me out a little because I was getting nervous in the match sometimes, so I took the time during the delays to calm down and focus.

How exciting to play Stanford tomorrow. I am the only player on my team to have played against a Stanford player [Amber Liu, NCAA Singles Championship 2004], and obviously she won the title last year so...

Tomorrow I will be ready with a strategy. So ask me that question again tomorrow and I will tell you.

It was good to have a break, we were able to take time out and analyze what happened during the doubles and analyze what to change for the singles.

Were so excited to play Stanford. In college tennis they have the reputation as the Queens of the Court and we have never played them in my four years here. So I am just really excited for the opportunity. I think our team is really excited, and its a great time to play them when were playing our best tennis.

North Carolina Head Coach Brian Kalbas

Im just real proud of our team. After losing the doubles point and getting down early in a few matches we never gave up and I think thats a tribute to our team. Playing as long as we did and as hard as we did, to stay focused like they did on a long day like today with all these distractions is hard to do. Its not your typical day of tennis. We were also up against a really good team. They are a semifinal team from last year, and they had a lot of experience and played great. They definitely deserved the win.

-- Courtesy Georgia