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(UPDATE) Women's Tennis Beats #4 Gators and #1 Stanford - On To The Final (and #101)!!!

Great news from our women's tennis team. As Charnaw says, it's always great to be a Bruin. -M

Okay, so the baseball team is in a late season swoon (and the softball team bowed out early unexplicably). . . but let's hear it for the 12th ranked lady Bruins tennis squad that upset highly ranked Northwestern yesterday and just nipped our new nemesis, #4 Florida (4-3) to advance to the Final Four in a hostile environment in Athens, Georgia.  

After winning the doubles round to take a much-needed 1-0 lead going to singles, we went up 3-0 on the strength of some great perfomances by Yasmin Shnack at #3 (6-4, 6-1), and Elizabeth Lumpkin at #6 (6-2, 6-4).  As you might suspect, the gators did not bow down and stormed back with tough wins at #1, #2 and #4. The 3-3 match hinged at #5, where unranked Alex McGoodwin squared off against 58th-ranked Csilla Borsanyi of UF.  However, there's a reason why they play the games, and the mismatch on paper was not reflected on the court where McGoodwin's gutsy effort and strong serve overwhelmed her opponent who fell 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)!  

We next face the winner of the #1 seed Stanford - #9 seed Miami match Monday for the right to play in the finals. In case you are wondering, we lost to Furd twice this year during regular season conference play by a 4-3 score each time, so we definitively have a shot against the Cardinal(especially on a neutral court). 

Update [2007-5-21 21:11:18 by charnaw]:#12 UCLA has just knocked out #1 Stanford (which was 24-1 going in) and will be playing for #101 tomorrow!!! Like yesterday, the Bruins jumped ahead 1-0 in doubles, but unlike yesterday, we were heavy underdogs in each singles match.

At #1, Riza Zalameda (ranked #15) was annihilated by #8 ranked Theresa Logar of Stanford 6-2, 6-2, bringing the teams to a 1-1 tie. The deadlock was short-lived as #56 Yasmin Schnack of UCLA blasted #14 Celia Durkin in an epic upset 6-2, 6-4 at singles #3.

We went up 3-1 at singles #2 with another upset . . . this time #40 Tracy Lin nipped Stanford's #17 Anne Yelsey 6-4, 6-4. We had all the momentum, but we still had singles #4, #5 and #6 to go. Furd had beaten us twice this year by 4-3 scores, so it was clear this would go to the wire . . . and it did.

Unranked Alex McGoodwin, one of the stars against fourth-seed UF yesterday, lost a tough 3-set match to 20th-ranked Jessica Nguyen of Stanford, bringing the Cardinal within 1 at 3-2. It appeared that the winner of singles #4 would decide this thing, as it was the only evenly-matched pairing between UCLA's Ashley Joelson (ranked #107) and Furd's Whihtney (sic) Deason (ranked #96).

As the afternoon sun began to set and the lights came on, Ashley dropped the first set in a tiebreaker, and things looked bleak because unranked Elizabeth Lumpkin dropped her first set in pairing #6 too. However, BOTH bruins stormed back to win their respective second sets . . . and Joelson polished off Deason 6-7, 6-1, 6-3 to clinch the upset, 4-2!!!

WE PLAY #3 Georgia Tech for #101 tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kudos to men's and women's golf as well (each will be playing in their respective NCAA finals in upcoming weeks)!!!

ITS ALWAYS GREAT TO BE A BRUIN!

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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