May 18, 2006
No. 11 seed Northwestern (24-4) beat No. 6 seed Georgia Tech (23-6) for the second time this season ... Previous match was 4-3, March 4 in Atlanta ... Northwestern has won its last 11 matches ... Georgia Tech, the ACC champions, had won its last seven matches ... Northwestern has won eight straight Big Ten championships ... Northwestern lost in last year's Round of 16 to Clemson ... Northwestern has reached NCAA quarterfinals twice: 1986 and 1987 ... They have never reached the semifinals.
Northwestern Head Coach Claire Pollard
Opening Statement: We're absolutely thrilled to have won. It was a tremendous match between two great teams. Georgia Tech is a very good team and we were fortunate to have come out here and win.
On Getting To The Elite Eight: It's been a goal of ours for a while. In the past we've come up short. Not because of anything that we didn't do particularly well, but we've just been out played. We set it as a goal early in the season. I think the difference between this team and some of our past teams was this team really try to sprint to the finish.
On Betting Georgia Tech For The Second Time This Season: We knew very much what to expect. We thought that the doubles point was going to be key. Ironically, we turned around one (No. 1 doubles) pretty quickly and they turned around three (No. 3 doubles) pretty quickly and it came down to two (No. 2 doubles) like it did earlier this season. We liked the fact that we beat them earlier this season. I think we match up with them pretty well.
On Facing USC In The NCAA Quarterfinals
I know that they (USC) are very good. I think they have like five players in the singles draw. We've played great matches with them in the past. We look forward to the opportunity to play them. We aren't satisfied to have reached this point. They are a higher seed. On paper they are suppose to win, but we don't buy into that a whole lot. If we did, then why would you play. We have a lot of respect for them, and we look forward to a great match.
Georgia Tech Head Coach Bryan Shelton
Opening Statement: We are a little disapointed. We're disappointed that we didn't come out and win the doubles point. We had lofty goals for this season and we came up a little short.
On The Experience Of Getting To The Sweet Sixteen For The Second Consecutive Season: I think our program is in good shape. We've developed into a very good program over the last couple of years. To think of where the program was a few years ago and where it's going to be in the next couple of years, we'll be in pretty good shape. Because of this experience, we should be a much stronger team next year.
On What Senior All-American Kristi Miller Has Meant To The Program: She is a big reason for a lot of our success. At the same time, it's a team effort. She gives the team a lot of confidence. Anytime you can win at the top of the lineup, it's going to give everybody confidence. Obviously, being able to play against her every day makes everyone better.