Monday May 19, 2008Women's Tennis Ends Season with 4-2 Loss to UCLA in NCAA Semifinals
The Gators end the year with a 24-3 overall record after advancing to the final four for the 19th time in the last 22 seasons.
“I’m real proud of our players,” UF head coach Roland Thornqvist said. “We fought really, really hard. It looked like we were able to turn the momentum in our favor about an hour or so in singles after losing the doubles point. What a UCLA team, though, they played great. We gave it all we had. UCLA played tough, smart and they out-played us so you have to tip your hat to them. They did a great job today.”
If the No. 3 pair could have battled back, the
action on court would have continued and given the Gators’ eighth-ranked pair
of Megan Alexander (
“I thought we handled (losing the doubles point) well,” Thrornqvist said. “We thought we would have the advantage physically if the match went into the fourth hour because of the heat. We made a run, but losing the doubles point is not something we’ve had to deal with this year, but I thought we did the best we could.”
After winning the doubles point, UCLA (23-5) jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead after eighth-ranked senior Riza Zalameda defeated Cohen, a freshman ranked No. 29, 6-2, 6-1.
“It’s disappointing to lose, but we can hold our heads up high knowing that we prepared and did everything we could have to get ready for this tournament,” Alexander said. “We left everything we had on the courts today.”
Fellow sophomore Anastasia Revzina (
“I am very, very disappointed that we lost today,” said Revzina, shrugging off her individual win. “UCLA is a really good team, but I just wish we could have found a way to win. All the teams at this stage are good and only one can win, it just wasn’t our year to win it. We will keep working hard and get ready to be back next year.”
Near the time when Alexander and Revzina appeared in control of their singles matches,
senior Whitney Benik
The loss denied Benik a milestone singles victory, as she ends her career with a 99-31 record, including a 78-14 mark in dual match play.
“Battling has been a trademark of our team all year so I thought we had a chance when that momentum swung when Whitney (Benik) was leading in her second set,” Thornqvist said. “I thought we really could have made a run, but you have to give them credit because they shut us down. They just out-played us down the stretch.”
loss to the Bruins (23-5) capped the stellar careers of
“What a career they ended today, three NCAA final fours, three SEC championships,” Thornqvist said of Benik and Frangulyan. “I know that they are terribly disappointed here, but they should be very, very proud of what they’ve accomplished. They have represented The University of Florida, their teammates and the coaching staff in a first-class manner and we’re certainly going to miss them.”
Individually, Benik logged a combined 205 singles and doubles victories, the 14th most in UF history. She posted a 99-31 singles record and a 106-50 doubles mark, as she totaled the eighth-most doubles wins in Gator history. Frangulyan ends her singles career on a 20-match singles win streak, tied for the 12th longest run among all Gators. She posted a 75-17 singles record and a 102-28 doubles mark during her four-year career.
“Our seniors did a great job of leading the team all year and that, more than anything else, is something we will take into next year,” Alexander said. “We saw what an impact losing the doubles point can have and we will make sure that our teammates know that it is a focus in our preparation next season.”
Gators will remain in
Borsanyi, a sophomore who is ranked No. 33 nationally, will be making her second appearance in the NCAA Singles Championship after advancing to the quarterfinals her rookie season and collecting All-America honors. Cohen is a freshman, who is ranked No. 29 in the country and plays the No. 1 singles position in the dual match lineup this year for the sixth-ranked Gators.
doubles team of Alexander and Boonstra are the No.
8-ranked pair in the country and earned the 5-8 seeding in the 32-team event. The
64-player Singles Championships begins May 21, while the 32-team Doubles
Championships gets underway on May 22 in
NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships, Team Semifinals
Monday, May 19, 2008
Team Results, Semifinals
(7) UCLA d. (6)
UF Individual Dual Match Results Only
1. (8) Megan Alexander/Marrit Boonstra, UF led (1) Tracy Lin/Riza Zalamdea, UCLA, 6-5 - DNF
2. (56) Elizabeth Lumpkin/Stephanie Wetmore, UCLA d. Whitney Benik/Csilla Borsanyi, UF, 8-3
3. (26) Alex McGoodwin/Yasmin Schnack, UCLA d. Julia Cohen/Anastasia Revzina, UF, 8-5*
1. (8) Riza Zalameda, UCLA d. (29) Julia Cohen, UF, 6-2, 6-1
2. (30) Tracy Lin, UCLA led (33) Csilla Borsanyi, UF, 7-6 (5), 4-2 - DNF
3. (116) Megan Alexander, UF d. (42) Yasmin Schnack, UCLA, 6-4, 6-3
4. (54) Andrea Remynse, UCLA d. Whitney Benik, UF, 6-3, 6-4
5. Elizabeth Lumpkin, UCLA d. Marrit Boonstra, UF, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2*
6. (96) Anastasia Revzina, UF d. Alex McGoodwin, UCLA, 6-4, 6-3
Order of Finish: Doubles-2, 3*; Singles-1, 3, 6, 4, 5*
END OF REPORT