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WOW! Congrats to the Stanford W!
They really weren't on my radar until they defeated Cal in the semis. And even then, I thought the Card would roll them.
Playing Card in the final got them fast tracked on my radar AND they got my respect instantly afterwards.

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Even when they were down 1-3, I had plenty of confidence in Davidson, Lampl and Lord.
My only worry was the impact of the crowd and how that would feed into the Okie players. Also, STAN can't use the #15 angle against an unknown #12 seed.

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If you haven't watched the press conference with OSU's coach, you should. It's light years better than Lele's. He seems like an unbelievably good guy.
He was definitely preaching his message.
I am impressed with how he connected with his players and felt he really took them to the next level. Especially about the story of that gal, who practiced during school breaks. Having said that I wouldn’t put Lele down a notch since I understand her circumstances is much different, much more pressure on her and the tennis program, so definitely comparing apples & oranges.
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As Taylor wrote on her twitter: Number 15? No. Number 1.
You got to hand it to Lele for riding the #15 theme with her players.
No respect. Chip on shoulder provided the needed motivation.
Being #1 or #2 all year (FL & Cal) sometimes works against you, losing that hunger.

There was that part of the post-game interview (Lele & Doyle), where Lele was asked about the #15, whether it took the pressure off. That was definitely a slippery slope for her because she couldn’t sound classy and still motivate and be true to her team.
She was forced to sound a bit salty about the rankings (smart move) as she needed to ride that #15 ranking until the very end.
Notice how Doyle, stared at Lele to see how she would respond and smiled.
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Erin Burdette is on far left. She was on one of the 3 classes between 2001 thru 2006 that won 3 rings, so I wondered if that helped their cause any (Lele probably made her wear them rings).

Lele mentions her in the interview, first time I heard that she was on the team as fitness trainer. Took me by surprise on that one, because she is a veterinarian. Not surprisingly, each of the Burdette sisters (3) are working in the medical field.


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Well - Brook Austin continues to crash and burn in the individual champs, including back to back first round exits at the NCAA singles today. gurl all that because of that damn serve of hers. She proceeded to give 3 double faults in one game today to Ip. If she doesn't fix her serve this summer, or she just doesn't care - there is no hope of her winning a college title.
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Well - Brook Austin continues to crash and burn in the individual champs, including back to back first round exits at the NCAA singles today. gurl all that because of that damn serve of hers. She proceeded to give 3 double faults in one game today to Ip. If she doesn't fix her serve this summer, or she just doesn't care - there is no hope of her winning a college title.
Is she still going with that high toss? Too much margin for error, waiting for that thing to come down. Hit early, goes deep. Hit late, into the net. I lover her groundies and approach to the net. If she just gets the ball over, she's got a 66% chance of winning the point.

Well at least you still have Woolcock.
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Tie Breaker - YOU WERE SPOT ON!!

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Then #2-Davidson has clinched twice already and the baton was passed on to her.
Like Ahn, she will most likely play #1 next year.

---Babic lost to Fabikova, while Davidson beat her (common opponent)
---I get a feeling this will definitely go 3 sets and could be last one to be decided upon

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Tie Breaker - YOU WERE SPOT ON!!
Lucky I guess, but also glad I didn't jinx their chances.
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YASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS COME THROUGH VIOLET !!! I mean BROOKE & KOURT!!! All is not lost for my girls!!! WINNING THAT DOUBLES CHAMP! WORK! destoryed the CAL pair 6-2 6-0 LAWL!
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Love that Danielle Collins won the singles again and can start her pro career by collecting that US Open paycheck! I really hope she gives the pros a go, has the game to make an impact, if she can maintain consistency.
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Love that Danielle Collins won the singles again and can start her pro career by collecting that US Open paycheck! I really hope she gives the pros a go, has the game to make an impact, if she can maintain consistency.
i am still pissed about her leaving UF to VIRGINA - I still am not sure what the reasons were aside from her not performing well at all when she was at UF as a freshmen (#6 all season and dropped out of the lineup) now she is a 2 time NCAA singles champ. Imagine what could have been for UF the last 3 years.
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i am still pissed about her leaving UF to VIRGINA - I still am not sure what the reasons were aside from her not performing well at all when she was at UF as a freshmen (#6 all season and dropped out of the lineup) now she is a 2 time NCAA singles champ. Imagine what could have been for UF the last 3 years.
I thought there was a lot of trash talk about her that she was a prima donna.

She says she didn't gel with the team/players and coaching wasn't hands-on and didn't believe in her. All eyes were on the ice queen back then, so no baton was passed on to her AND they were double partners.

Also back in 2013, Gators were solid at #4 thru #6 so they kind of outplayed her making the line-up.

I think leaving the Swamp lit a fire under her a$$ and she responded . Won NCAA Singles in 2014 and 2016.
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Love that Danielle Collins won the singles again and can start her pro career by collecting that US Open paycheck! I really hope she gives the pros a go, has the game to make an impact, if she can maintain consistency.
She took the 1st set from Simona Halep in 2014 US Open.
It will be interesting to see how game and career plays out in the pro's, which hasn't been college friendly.
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Another US Open WC from Danielle Collins, love it! Here's her presser. She doesn't seem that surprised or thrilled winning another NCAA title.

And she originally committed to UVA, but chose to attend UF. Fortunate enough that UVA let her back in and coached her into two national titles!

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Back in the day, there was the Fab Four.
No Stanford Freshman class can compare to.
No disrespect to Zhao/Davidson/Doyle or to Lampl/Lord/Yee.
The Fab Four were Irvin/Lastra/Kalvaria/Tokuda.
I doubt these girls lost more than 3 matches each season.
This Freshman class went on to win 3 NCAA Team Titles and they did it in their first year in style, by winning it in Gainesville.


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GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Why not us? Why not now?!

Those were the words screamed by the entire Stanford women's tennis team as the second-seeded Cardinal upset top-seed and defending National Champion Florida in a thrilling 5-2 match at the Scott Linder Tennis Stadium.

Taking a 4-2 lead after singles competition, Stanford clinched the win using a doubles tandem that had never played together before this afternoon. Marissa Irvin teamed with Kieko Tokuda at No. 2 doubles when her regular partner, Teryn Ashley, couldn't play due to injury. Irvin and Tokuda won the first six games of their match against Stephanie Hazlett and Whitney Laiho before the Gator duo pulled to within 7-4. Two match points later, the Cardinal was celebrating the program's 10th NCAA title, fourth in the 1990's, and second in the past three years.

"I am truly in a state of shock," Frank Brennan, the 1999 Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year, said. "I can't be prouder of these girls. They stayed loose through the whole championship and that is why we have a trophy. I probably underestimated this group. With four freshmen, I thought we would have some ups and downs to teach us what it's all about. Then next year we would have a good shot. Our girls were ready and wanted to win badly."

Appearing in each of the NCAA Championship tournaments, the Cardinal was making its record 13th NCAA final appearance. As Stanford won its 17th straight dual match victory, it simultaneously snapped Florida's 61 home dual-match win streak. The Gators last lost on its own court in 1994. The Cardinal has also won three of its national titles here in Gainesville, the first two coming in 1989 and '90. Stanford also holds and impressive 4-1 edge when playing the Gators in the Championship match.

Irvin, the ITA's Rookie of the Year, posted the first point of the match when she soundly defeated Laiho 6-1, 6-2 in a little more than an hour.

On the No. 2 singles court, Ashley returned to the lineup after missing the last two rounds with a right wrist injury, but fell to Florida's Stephanie Nickitas in straight sets. Earlier in the day, Ashley was named the ITA's National Player to Watch.

In a battle of freshman on the third singles court, Florida's Jessica Lehnhoff netted a 6-4, 6-4 decision over Stanford's Gabriela Lastra, giving the Gators their only lead of the match at 2-1.

After winning the first set 6-3, Tokuda found herself down 5-2 in the second frame before the first rain delay forced players off the court. Thirty-seven minutes later, the Cardinal freshman was back on the No. 6 singles court, winning four straight sets en route to a 7-6 victory, tying the match at two points apiece.

On court five, Stanford's Jennifer Heiser faced triple match point in a second-set tiebreaker, but held on to force a third frame. Heiser dominated the final set, ending Florida's Traci Green's 15-match winning streak.

Stanford's Lauren Kalvaria closed out singles competition by posting her 17th straight dual victory with a 6-7 (6), 6-2, 7-6 (4) win over Hazlett. Kalvaria was down 5-2 in the first set, but gained a 6-5 advantage before falling in the tiebreaker. After winning the second frame, Kalvaria was down 5-3 facing match point, but won the game. She saw three more match points while down 5-4, but tied the score at five game apiece. After trading games, Kalvaira outlasted Hazlett in the tiebreaker. A standing room only crowd of 1,332 fans watched Florida enter doubles trailing for the first time all season.

In ending this championship season with a 29-2 record, Stanford avenged a 5-4 February loss to the Gators in the semifinals of the National Team Indoor Championships. Florida's season ends at 31-2.

Today's championship match will be replayed on ESPN on Wednesday, May 26 at 11:30 a.m. (PST).

Individual championships will begin Monday, May 24. Irvin, seeded third in singles competition, will open the tournament against Purdue's Jennifer Embree. Lastra will play Duke's Kristin Sanderson in her first round match. Both matches will begin at 12:00 Noon (EST). Ashley pulled out of the singles draw due to her injury. She and Irvin also withdrew from the doubles event.

Stanford 5, Florida 2
Singles

No. 1 Marissa Irvin, SU d. Whitney Laiho, UF 6-1, 6-2
No. 2 Stephanie Nickitas, UF d. Teryn Ashley, SU 6-3, 6-2
No. 3 Jessica Lehnhoff, UF d. Gaby Lastra, SU 6-4, 6-4
No. 4 Lauren Kalvaria, SU d. Stephanie Hazlett, UF 7(6)-6, 2-6, 7(4)-6
No. 5 Jennifer Heiser, SU d. Traci Green, UF 4-6, 7(6)-6, 6-0
No. 6 Keiko Tokuda, SU d. M.C. White, UF 6-3, 7(0)-6
Doubles
No. 1 Kalvaria/Lastra, SU d. Lehnhoff/Nickitas, UF 6-5
No. 2 Irvin/Tokuda, SU d. Hazlett/Laiho, UF 8-4
No. 3 Heiser/Pestieau, SU d. Green/White, UF 6-5
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Great article! Thanks for sharing, fun read
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