Texas 4, Kentucky 2

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).

#11 TEXAS 4, #3 KENTUCKY 2
Doubles
1. Sarah Foster and Aibika Kalsarieva-7 (UK) vs. Katie Ruckert and Kendra Strohm-28 (UT), 7-8, susp.
2. Petra Dizdar and Mia Marovic (UT) def. Kim Coventry and Joelle Schwenk-22 (UK), 9-8(7)
3. Kelly Baritot and Courtney Zauft (UT) def. Emily Foster and Lara Maurer (UK), 8-6
Texas wins doubles point

Singles
1. Petra Dizdar-54 (UT) def. Aibika Kalsarieva-3 (UK), 6-3, 6-2
2. Kim Coventry-30 (UK) def. Mia Marovic-92 (UT), 7-6(2), 6-2
3. Sarah Foster-64 (UK) vs. Kendra Strohm-84 (UT), 7-5, 0-1, susp.
4. Katie Ruckert (UT) def. Joelle Schwenk (UK), 6-3, 6-2
5. Courtney Zauft (UT) def. Lara Maurer (UK), 6-3, 6-4
6. Danielle Petrisko (UK) def. Ristine Olson (UT), 6-2, 6-0

QUOTES

Texas 4, Kentucky 2

Texas Head Coach Jeff Moore

I thought the doubles point was huge; obviously it mattered in the end but in terms of momentum as well. I was concerned that we would not reset for the singles, and that maybe theyd be too emotional so we tried to calm them down after the doubles. Our girls fought hard though I was impressed with the way that our three players that won didnt let up, and secondly, and just as important, the way that Kendra Strohm stayed on the court, because the other two matches that we lost went way too quickly. It was great.

Kentucky Head Coach Mark Guilbeau

Honestly, Texas is maybe a better team than us, and I say that with a lot of respect for Texas and even more respect for us. Weve done some amazing things this year; weve won 26 matches and were ranked as high as No. 2 in the country. Our players are developing well, but I think that what the University of Kentucky womens tennis team has done this year is as good as anything that has been done in collegiate womens tennis.

When you dont play well and dont give a good effort a loss should hurt, but Im telling our kids right now to please find a way to make this not hurt, because they should be happy with the crowd and they should feel like winners because they have done an incredible job. I really thank them for all theyve done and our staff and all the people thatve supported us. Its a great NCAA tournament, and we want to thank the University of Georgia and of course congratulate Texas. They are a good team and you cant always beat them. Today they were up to the task. Im so proud of our team right now. I dont want to look ahead or behind. I want to look at right now and have them feel great, along with me, about what weve done.

-- Courtesy Georgia