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No. 2 Florida 4, No. 1 Stanford 3
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 05/23/2011

May 24, 2011

Taube Family Tennis Center - Stanford, Calif.
Monday, May 23 - 4 p.m. - Taube Stadium
Women's Final

NO. 2 FLORIDA 4, NO. 1 STANFORD 3

Stanford Falls To Florida In NCAA Final

Doubles (Order of Finish: 2, 3)
1) No. 3 Barte/Burdette (STAN) vs. No. 2 Cercone/Will (FLA) aban.
2) No. 45 Embree/Oyen (FLA) d. Gibbs/Li (STAN) 8-3
3) Hitimana/Mather (FLA) d. No. 74 McVeigh/Tan (STAN) 8-3

Singles (Order of Finish: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 2)
1) No. 3 Hilary Barte (STAN) d. No. 7 Allie Will (FLA) 6-2, 6-4
2) No. 17 Lauren Embree (FLA) d. No. 22 Mallory Burdette (STAN) 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (6)
3) No. 18 Nicole Gibbs (STAN) d. No. 91 Sofie Oyen (FLA) 6-4, 7-5
4) No. 43 Stacey Tan (STAN) d. No. 42 Joanna Mather (FLA) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
5) No. 54 Alex Cercone (FLA) d. Veronica Li (STAN) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
6) Olivia Janowicz (FLA) d. Carolyn McVeigh (STAN) 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-1

Florida Head Coach Roland Thornqvist
On the match...
"I don't know how it looked on TV or in the stands, but let me tell you what it looked like from my point of view, it took about 10 years off my life. We played phenomenal. We really set the tone. Today we really found out how Stanford has a 12 year winning streak. It is very difficult to win here. It took everything we have to push us to victory. Thankfully we have a superstar with the best wheels in the game. I think she is the toughest player I have ever coached. She is 6-0 in national championship finals. I will put that record up against anyone. So when it came down to Lauren, it was the one we wanted at the end and she came through for us."

On the winning feeling...
"The feeling on this side, is like a different world. It resonated throughout the summer. We wrote some letters to them. It was a deep hole that we had to get out. We know how Mallory [Burdette] is feeling right now. We have great sympathy for her."

On the atmosphere...
"This is what college tennis is all about. This is why we put the men and women together. Obviously a partisan crowd, but we talked about that. I know the way you ride when you have a crowd. I thought the Stanford players played an outstanding match."

On winning the title...
"It feels great, really. I told them when we first started the NCAA Championships, I was going to be proud of them. I have enjoyed being with them for eight months. I really feel like this team gets along really well. They are on the same page and we still enjoy being around each other. I am so happy for these guys. They really deserved it."

On breaking Stanford's 12 year win streak...
It is really difficult to win here. Today just proves how difficult it is. The Stanford players just play at a very different level. They played their best tennis, so to beat them here, you get their best game and 2,000 fans. We were very fortunate to get those last two points.

Sophomore Lauren Embree
On her singles match...
"It was so up and down. I got out to a fast start, but Mallory [Burdette] kept getting better and better. I wanted to get out and keep battling for my team. I had different thoughts racing through my mind. Down 4-0, obviously not too happy, but i knew I couldn't give up. I didn't want to lose of course."

On if she knew the score on court six...
I knew that Olivia [Janowicz] was winning, but I wanted to focus on my game.

On the strategy to her singles match...
"Mallory hits the ball so hard and I knew I couldn't hit with her. So I wanted to grind it out. I wasn't going to try to go stroke for stroke with her, that wasn't going to vote."

Freshman Alexandra Cercone
On teammate Lauren Embree...
"Lauren is one of those players you depend on. Sometimes you don't want to put pressure on one player. I knew that Lauren could pull it out. I had incredible faith in her and I am so glad she did what she did today and I am glad we are on the same team."

Stanford Head Coach Lele Forood
On the match...
"Well, it was an incredible match. It was the most electric atmosphere I have experienced at a college tennis match. So it was an amazing day, but we just came up a little short today."

On the up and downs of the match...
"It was that kind of match. Through three sets to a third set tiebreak. That is just the way it goes sometimes."

On snapping the winning streak...
"It has been going on a long time. I think I sat here the other day and said we know it isn't going to go on for infinity, so we will take a loss and move on. The streak doesn't mean a lot to us. It is interesting, but it is not a motivating thing. It is kinda fun, but it is trivia. We are much more on the year to year with what we do. Because players, situations, teams, etc. are different. It just happens that we went an incredibly long period of time without losing a match."

On losing Kristie Ahn to injury...
"It is hard to lose an impact player like her. But we felt comfortable with the players we put out there today. She wasn't going to go out there on the court to just take space up. We felt good about that. We were not a healthy ship out here today."

On Florida in the doubles point...
"They played very well. Their tactics were good, their execution was better. We don't have a chance in this tournament with the straight line. When we don't win the doubles point, we don't panic. We know we are very strong singles players and know we can put away four points on anyone."

Sophomore Mallory Burdette
On the winning and losing side of the NCAA finals...
"Obviously it is not as fun being on this side. I had my game plan when I went out there today. I executed it pretty well for most of the match and it came down to two points. I knew what she was going to do, it just came down to two points. I am pretty proud with the way I played, just came up a little short.

On using last year's experience... "I was thinking about it more in terms of that was the way I should be playing. Obviously I needed that tiebreaker."

On when she knew McVeigh's match of six was over...
"I think in the middle of the tiebreaker, I looked up there to see that McVeigh's match was done."

On teammate Hilary Barte...
"I think that ever since freshman year, when you have someone on your team that is so successful at what she does. In a lot of ways, she is like an idol. I've always wanted to carry myself like her, with a lot of class. I feel like I have just learned so much, that it is hard to even state it. It is just little things here and there, how she handles people, how she handles herself out on the court. It has been a really cool two years. And its not over yet, we have next week. We still have doubles and I think we are going to do really, really well."

Senior Hilary Barte
On this team...
"It is a the most special experience I have ever had. I think this team especially, we had a lot of mountains and we climbed them. The memories with this team, I will have for the rest of my life."


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