May 22, 2006
No. 7 seed Miami improves to 23-6 this season ... UM posts second straight upset - beat No. 2 Notre Dame on Friday night ... Only third win for `Canes in 13 all-time meetings against USC ... UM will be making second NCAA final appearance and first since `85 ... USC and UMlast played inNCAA tournament in 1999 round of 16, a 5-4 USC win. That match ended at 3:30am due to rain delays in Gainesville, Fla. ... USC beat Miami 6-3 when it won its last NCAA title in `85 (this was UM's only final appearance) ... Miami's `85 team that reached NCAA final was coached by Ian Duvenhage and led by Lise Gregory, Ronnie Reis, Ros Riach and Cathy Richman ... UM is only the second ACC school to reach NCAA final, joining Duke's 1998 team ... Monika Dancevic and Patricia Starzyk are both 3-0 this week, as are second-ranked doubles pair Applebaum/Cohen.
USC Head Coach Richard Gallien
Opening Statement: "You just have to give them a lot of credit, they played better than we did. For whatever reason, we just got out of the blocks slow and I felt like we needed to play our best tennis today and we just weren't quite able to do it."
On the one-day break after rain suspended the match on Sunday: "I'd like to say it didn't, but it affected both teams for sure. And apparently, it affected us more, unfortunately. But I would give our team an amazing amount of credit. Yesterday was one of the most stressful days of all time, it really was. It was cruel and unusual punishment for both teams and I was desperately hoping to get out there and play last night, just to keep the thing going, but overall, I thought we had a marvelous year and just came up a little bit short."
Quotes from Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews
Melissa Applebaum, Senior
Opening Statement: "The team played unbelievable tennis. We were aggressive. I think the break (the rain delay) actually helped us in certain positions. It definitely helped us at #3 singles. Our freshman was able to get her heels into the match and got rid of some of her nerves. We've been harping at these kids to play aggressive tennis and it seems like late in the season when it has counted, the team has stepped up and believed in the philosophy of taking it to the other team. I think that at all the spots that we won today, we definitely played aggressive. We played to win, not to wait to see what happened."
"I think the rain delay gave us time to relax a little bit. It's obviously a big situation that we are in (playing in the NCAA's). The delay gave us a chance to breathe a little bit and regroup. We were a lot more relaxed today and ready to fight."