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NCAA Division I Tennis Championships

Women’s Round of 16

May 15, 2009

George P. Mitchell Tennis Center

College Station Texas


#6 Miami 4, #11 UCLA 2

RECORDS: Miami 26-4; UCLA 19-7



1. (#15) Yasmin Schnack, UCLA def. (#3) Julia Cohen, UM, 6-1, 6-4

2. (#24) Laura Vallverdu, UM def. (#57) Andrea Remynse, UCLA, 6-1, 6-1

3. (#31)Bianca Eichkorn, UM def. (#114) Maya Johansson, UCLA, 7-5, 6-3

4. (#49) Michaela Kissell, UM def. Nina Pantic, UCLA, 6-2, 6-4

5. Gabriela Mejia, UM def. Ashley Joelson, UCLA 6-1, 6-4

6. Claudia Wasilewski, UM vs. Carling Seguso, UCLA, 3-6, 6-3, 3-3, DNF



1. (#3) Remynse/Schnack, UCLA def. (#19) Kissell/Vallverdu, UM, 8-4

2. (#51) Cohen/Eichkorn, UM def. (#66) Seguso/Wetmore, UCLA, 8-3

3. Joelson/Pantic, UCLA  def. Mejia/Wasilewski, UM, 8-3             


ORDER OF FINISH: Doubles: 3, 2, 1; Singles: 2, 4, 5, 3



• Miami advances to quarterfinals and will face No. 3 seed Duke on Sunday at 12 p.m. (CT)



Miami Head Coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews: “I think our girls got off to a fairly good start even though doubles didn’t go our way.  I was happy with their energy.  They stayed calm and we knew coming into today’s match that we needed to stay calm to be successful.” 


(On Miami’s run during a couple of the second sets) “UCLA is a great team and if something isn’t working they’re going to change it up.  It was big for our girls to step up and notice the changes.  It says a lot about the girls that they were able to stay so poised in a big situation.


“I have a lot of respect for UCLA, and for me it’s nice to win any match in this tournament.  The fact that they’re defending national champions makes it even more of a feather in our cap. We’ve had some great battles, some great wars against (UCLA) in the past.  They’re great people and good tennis players and I want to beat them as bad as I want to beat any other team.” 


Miami Sophomore Bianca Eichkorn: “I try not to pay too much attention to the score so the first time I really noticed that it might come down to me was when (Gabriela Mejia) finished her singles match and we had three points. I was so happy that (Claudia Wasilewski) was still out there on court six because that took the pressure off me a little bit. I’m very proud of the whole team.  That was a team effort.  We were very relaxed this morning and everyone felt like we could win this match.  I had a good feeling when I woke up this morning.” 


UCLA Head Coach Stella Sampras Webster: “Going into the match we were prepared for a battle and that’s what it was today. I thought we did a great job coming out and winning that doubles point. I really have to give it to that Miami team, they came out and played well and played with a lot of heart. I felt like we had a chance in the second sets of a couple of those matches.  If we could have one a couple of those second sets we could have turned some things around.  We weren’t able to do that though and Miami did a good job of closing it out.


“Our team did a good job of preparing to play.  We knew what Miami was going to give us as far as a tough, feisty team.  I don’t think any of that affected the outcome, Miami just played better than we did in singles.  We just weren’t able to find a way to win a couple of those second sets in those matches. It’s disappointing because we had opportunities and we couldn’t execute.” 


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