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May 29, 2011
STANFORD, CA - Josipa Bek and Keri Wong just keep rolling, this time bouncing the No. 3 national seed, Southern Cal's Maria Sanchez and Kaitlyn Christian, from the NCAA Doubles Semifinals, 6-4, 6-4 in Stanford, CA. The Tigers broke the Trojans' serve in seven of ten service games to propel them to the win.
They advance to play in the National Championship match against the winner of No. 1 seed Jana Juricova and Mari Andersson of California and No. 4 seed Hilary Barte and Mallory Burdette of Stanford. The match time is yet to be determined, as Juricova has also earned a berth in the Singles Championship match. The match will have live scoring and video at GoStanford.com.
"Both of them are great doubles players," said Head Coach Nancy Harris, who led the team to a fifth straight Sweet 16 appearance. "With Jo and Keri, they are both so gifted and talented. When one is playing well, and the other is not, they complement each other so well, and when they both play well, they are very tough to beat."
"There is no easy match at nationals, and we fought every point today," said Bek. "We just try to play hard whether serving or receiving, and it was important to make good decisions about where to go with the ball, and we were good about looking for their positions on the court and how we can take advantage."
The win comes just a day after they dispatched the No. 2 seed from Florida, Allie Will and Alex Cercone, who had been 14-0, in the quarters. The Trojans entered that match with a 27-4 mark on the year, but held just three of ten service opportunities in the match.