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Hello again from a sunny, hot afternoon at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex, where it's women's quarterfinal day.
Matches on court now have a real California feel and are featuring #1 seed UCLA vs. #9 California in the stadium and #4 Stanford vs. #5 Southern Cal at the McWhorter courts. UCLA appears to be steamrolling Cal, while the other is far closer right now.
Not a huge crowd yet, but I figure that will change soon, as #6 seed Georgia will take on #3 seed Duke at 4 p.m. in the stadium. #2 Florida and #10 Miami (Fla.) will be the other quarterfinal in the second session.
Keep it here for updates throughout the next few hours ...
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Should be a tough one for Georgia today. I stuck around to watch some of Duke's matches against Virginia the other night, and the Blue Devils can play. I expect the match will be much closer than the two UGA matches (women and men) we've covered through the first two days, and the Bulldogs will need to play their best.
Just spoke briefly to UGA men's coach Manuel Diaz, who spoke a little about tomorrow's match against Pepperdine, which ousted Tulsa late last night.
Will have more from him later, but right now the Dogs are holed up in a hotel while the tournament is being played, as coaches would prefer that rather than everyone being on the own in town. UGA's team will practice briefly today on the indoor courts.
UCLA beat Cal, Southern Cal and Stanford are still playing ...
Meanwhile, Georgia and Duke is set to begin shortly ...
Here are the lineups for Georgia's match ...
National rankings included
1) #21 Clayton/Goldfeld (DUKE) vs #46 Fuller/Gilchrist (UGA)
2) #17 Capra/Kahan (DUKE) vs Gullickson/Herring (UGA)
3) Mulholland/Mar (DUKE) vs Kimbell/Kowase (UGA)
1) #2 Beatrice Capra (DUKE) vs #7 Chelsey Gullickson (UGA)
2) #110 Ester Goldfeld (DUKE) vs Nadja Gilchrist (UGA)
3) #59 Hanna Mar (DUKE) vs #58 Maho Kowase (UGA)
4) #85 Rachel Kahan (DUKE) vs #70 Lauren Herring (UGA)
5) #66 Mary Clayton (DUKE) vs #96 Kate Fuller (UGA)
6) #97 Monica Turewicz (DUKE) vs Lilly Kimbell (UGA)
The Blue Devils are seeded third. The Bulldogs are seeded sixth.
And here we go ...
Doubles underway ...
--UGA out to a quick 2-0 lead at No. 1 and 1-0 lead at No. 2
-- It's 1-1 at No. 3
UGA takes advantage of a costly Duke double fault at deuce to take a 4-0 lead at No. 1.
It's 2-2 on court two and 3-1 Duke on court three. Good battles already.
Dogs' No. 1 doubles is really playing well, out to a 5-1 lead.
The other two matches are very close, as it's 4-3 Duke at no. 2 and 4-3 UGA at no. 3.
Dogs up 7-1 and about to close things out at No. 1 doubles, but the other two matches are close ...
2) Duke leads 5-4
3) UGA leads 5-4
Well, there's one. UGA closes out Duke at 1 doubles, 8-1
Dogs need one of the other two matches to get the doubles point. They trail 5-6 at No. 2 and it's 5-5 at No. 3.
Big game for UGA at 3 doubles, as Dogs fought back from 15-40 to take game (second time they've done that in that match) and 6-5 lead.
Crowd is really getting into it now on stadium courts.
Duke takes 7-5 lead at 2 doubles, so it looks like it's going to hinge on court 3, where it is now 6-6
This post was edited by Gentry Estes on 5/19/2012 at 4:00 PM
UGA goes up 7-6 at no. 3, needs a break of serve to win match and doubles point.
Duke up 7-6 at No. 2.
Duke gets the win 8-6 at No. 2.
One match left to decide doubles
Down 15-40 again, UGA fights back at 3 to seize the break and the match, 8-6, to clinch doubles. Fans roaring here ...
UGA 1, Duke 0
Big for UGA to get doubles, meaning Duke now has to win four of the six singles matches. It will be a slow grind through singles, but the crowd is really helping the Dogs against a team that is better on paper. Big key will be the 1-2-3 singles, because Duke is very good at 4-5-6.
One storyline brewing through this as well is the ongoing match between Florida and Miami. Would be a lot of fun to have a semifinal between the Dogs and Gators.
Rivals UCLA and Southern Cal are meeting in the other women's semifinal.
This post was edited by Gentry Estes on 5/19/2012 at 5:20 PM
Singles was delayed a bit by a Florida doubles match finishing up on stadium courts. Starting up now ...
Gilchrist already in trouble at 2 for UGA, down 4-0 in first set. Duke also has a 3-0 lead at 6 singles now.
Things are tilting the Blue Devils' way now.
Duke has taken the first set 6-1 at No. 6 singles, 6-2 at No. 2 singles and 6-2 at No. 4 singles.
Here's how it breaks down right now. Remember that the Dogs need to win three of them and the Blue Devils need to win four.
1) 4-2 UGA
2) 6-2, 0-0 Duke
3) 4-3 Duke
4) 6-2, 0-0 Duke
6) 6-1, 0-1 Duke
This post was edited by Gentry Estes on 5/19/2012 at 5:36 PM
OK, bad news for home team. Dogs are basically in trouble at 2, 4 and 6 singles.
As it stands, they're going to have to win 1, 3 and 5 to win the match. UGA's Gullickson took first set at 1. Kowase lost first set at 3 but is up 2-0 in the 2nd set, and Fuller is headed to first set tiebreak at 5.
UGA making a run now and getting some momentum. Fuller wins first set tiebreak at 5 (had to have that) and Herring, down a set, now leads 5-3 in second set at 4 and Kimbell, down a set, leads 5-3 in second set at 6.
Wow. UGA fights hard to force third set at 4 and 6 singles. Anybody's match now.
Duke cracks the scoreboard at No. 2 singles ... 6-2, 7-5
Duke 1, Georgia 1
Here's a reset for where it stands right now ...
1) UGA leads 6-3, 4-2
2) DUKE WINS 6-2, 7-5
3) DUKE leads 6-4, 2-4
4) UGA leads 2-6, 6-3, 1-0
5) UGA leads 7-6, 1-2
6) DUKE leads 6-1, 4-6, 2-0
If UGA wins in the three matches it currently leads, it would win the team match 4-3.
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