©Colette Lewis 2013--
No. 2 seed North Carolina went to bed without knowing who they would be playing in Sunday's quarterfinal, but when the Tar Heels wake up Saturday morning, they will see they've got a rematch of the thrilling Team Indoor final with the No. 7 UCLA Bruins.
North Carolina earned their way into the quarterfinals three hours before UCLA did, with the Tar Heels defeating No. 15 seed Nebraska 4-1 on the Khan Outdoor Center's south courts.
After taking the doubles point, the Tar Heels took four first sets in singles from the Cornhuskers, who were making their first Sweet 16 appearance in program history. But Nebraska pulled even with a 6-4, 6-1 win by Stefanie Weinstein at line 3, and got a boost when Mary Weatherholt took the second set from Gina Suarez-Malaguti at line 1.
But once Lauren McHale took a tough second set at No. 5, the Tar Heels found additional energy, and victories by Caroline Price at 4 and Kate Vialle at 6 came quickly on the heels of McHale's win.
"When Lauren won her second set tiebreaker, it kind of got us over the hump a little bit," said North Carolina head coach Brian Kalbas. "Then Caroline did a very good job of closing her second set out, and then Kate, it was tight, three all in the second, and she won the last three games. So I thought once Lauren won that close second set, we got a little more momentum and closed the matches out."
Kalbas admitted he would not be staying to see who his team would play on Sunday, with the UCLA and Michigan match not even begun on the North courts, when his team had claimed their victory.
"We've played both those teams and we know them pretty well, so I think I need some rest," said Kalbas, who went on to praise the effort of the Cornhuskers. "I give them a lot of credit. They're very well coached, they're a high class operation and I respect what Scott (Jacobson) and Hayden (Perez) have done with that program. They've gotten better, and made the Team Indoor and the round of 16. They competed very well and gave us a huge battle."
No. 2 North Carolina 4, No. 15 Nebraska 1
7 p.m. CT – South Courts
1. #11 Mary Weatherholt (NEB) vs. #7 Gina Suarez-Malaguti (UNC) 3-6, 6-1, 3-2*
2. #49 Zoe De Bruycker (UNC) vs. Patricia Veresova (NEB) 1-6, 6-1, 1-1*
3. Stefanie Weinstein (NEB) def. #39 Whitney Kay (UNC) 6-4, 6-1
4. #46 Caroline Price (UNC) def. Janine Weinreich (NEB) 7-6(2), 6-2
5. Lauren McHale (UNC) def. Maggy Lehmicke (NEB) 6-0, 7-6(0)
6. Kate Vialle (UNC) def. Izabella Zgierska (NEB) 6-1, 6-3
1. #58 Price/Kay (UNC) vs. #3 Weatherholt/Veresova (NEB) 7-6*
2. McHale/Dai (UNC) def. Weinstein/Weinreich (NEB) 8-2
3. Suarez-Malaguti/Lyons (UNC) def. Lehmicke/Zgierska (NEB) 8-3
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (3,5,4,6)
* = unfinished
Once the UCLA Bruins finally took the court Friday evening, at 11:30 p.m., they were able to do what the other three winners on the North Courts could not: post a victory in less than three hours. After a long and seesaw doubles point went to the Bruins, they took control in singles, posting a 4-0 victory over Michigan in a match that ended just prior to 2 a.m.
Courtney Dolehide gave UCLA its second point with a quick 6-1, 6-0 win over Kristen Dodge at line 6, and with four of the five first sets that were decided, the Bruins were in good shape.
Robin Anderson at line 1 and Kyle McPhillips at line 2 did the honors, with McPhillips giving UCLA point number three with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Ronit Yurovsky, and just moments later, Anderson broke Emina Bektas to earn the fourth point by a 6-3, 6-4 score.
Head coach Stella Sampras Webster acknowledged the difficulty both teams had in waiting over four hours past their original start time to take the courts.
"It was tough," said Sampras Webster. "It was tough on both teams to wait and play this late, not knowing when to eat, to stretch, how to get ready. I think our team did a good job, but they didn't come out as strong as I would have liked in doubles, but getting that doubles point kind of relieved some of the stress, the pressure. We played really well, and when you're in this, you don't really know what time it is--you're playing, you're competing and it's intense. I just look at the clock, and I'm like wow, it's 12:30. They did a great job of keeping their energy up and come out and compete hard."
Sampras Webster said her team is looking forward to that rematch with North Carolina.
"We're excited. They're a great team and I know we're looking forward to playing them," Sampras Webster said. "We're definitely where we want to be. The team did a great job of staying focused and doing what they needed to do. They really want this, they really want to do well here, and they did what we needed them to do."
No. 7 UCLA 4, No. 10 Michigan 0
7 p.m. CT – North Courts
1. #3 Robin Anderson (UCLA) def. #30 Emina Bektas (MICH) 6-3, 6-4
2. #20 Kyle McPhillips (UCLA) def. #58 Ronit Yurovsky (MICH) 6-1, 6-2
3. Pamela Montez (UCLA) vs. Brooke Bolender (MICH) 7-6(3)*
4. #99 Sarah Lee (MICH) vs. Chanelle Van Nguyen (UCLA) 6-3, 3-2*
5. #93 Catherine Harrison (UCLA) vs. Amy Zhu (MICH) 7-6(3), 2-1*
6. Courtney Dolehide (UCLA) def. Kristen Dodge (MICH) 6-1, 6-0
1. #6 Bektas/Bolender (MICH) def. #25 Anderson/Morton (UCLA) 8-6
2. #38 Dolehide/Montez (UCLA) def. #90 Lee/Nguyen (MICH) 9-7
3. Harrison/McPhillips (UCLA) def. Yurovsky/Dodge (MICH) 8-2
Order of Finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,2,1)
* = unfinished
NOTE: Match was completed on Saturday, but is being backdated to keep all the women's matches on the same day.