On facing Fawcett...“Fawcett’s a really strong guy and has a really good serve. Very good game. I just have to do my best to play very good defense and when my opportunities are there, try to take it. Fawcett can control the court very well and if I get on the defense, it’s going to be a tough match for me.”
William Blumberg on making it to the finals as a freshman...“It’s incredible. I honestly couldn’t have even dreamed of something like this. My game has just been clicking at the right time. I worked hard before this to get in shape and I’ve been feeling pretty good and doing pretty well. I’m honestly just really happy.”
Brienne Minor on outlasting Campbell in the end...“Going into the third set, I knew she would come out swinging -- she always does-- so I knew I had to be ready for those deep balls. I did my best to defend against her hard balls and tried to just step up and play my game. I think that is what I do best, when I step up on the baseline and play my game. Luckily that worked.”
On what went well for her...“I think that my serve worked well, especially at the end of the match. I tried to mix it up on her and keep her guessing. I thought that was a huge help.”
On mindset going into the final...“I’m just getting excited for it. I want to go out there and try to have fun and relax. Try not to get too nervous.”
On mindset of going into the final...“I don’t know her too well, but I focused on trying to keep the same mindset and play the way I have been playing all tournament. I am just going to go out there and keep on doing what I have been doing because it has been working.
On what went well for her...“My aggressive game, playing my game style, playing my game and moving very well, and using my athleticism. Yeah, I think that is what I’m going to do tomorrow.”
Georgia’s Robert Loeb on advancing...“We are super excited. It was a tough end to the season for the team, but I think we bounced back really well. We are super excited.”
Loeb on today’s match...“We thought they were a pretty good team, so I knew we needed to be on top of our game. The first set we played really, really well. They didn’t really miss anything in the second set, they started playing a little bit better. Our level may have dropped a little bit, but in the tiebreaker, we started playing a lot better again and started making more returns.”
Jan Zielinski on today’s match...“The break in the first set was a big game. We broke them then we held for the set, and that was a good game. The break was the biggest shift in momentum.”
Wake Forest’s Christian Seraphim on playing with his partner Mansouri...“It is just fun being out there. We trust each other and communicate well. We also have a great friendship, so it has always been fun playing out there with him (Mansouri).
Seraphim on the success of this season and bringing it into next season...“We want to try to keep up the good work. We were very close to achieving what we wanted, so maybe another year of hard work we will be able to reach our goal.”
Oklahoma’s Spencer Papa on the match today...“Just being able to pull through. It is not every day you get to play for a NCAA Championship, so it just feels good.”
Papa on playing doubles with Harris...“Every match could be his last, so it is fun to play for him. We have a good connection on the court, so we always have a lot of fun.”
Oklahoma’s Andrew Harris on playing in the NCAA Championship his senior year...“I am enjoying every moment of this. This is my last college match ever. I am just trying to enjoy this time with my team and Spencer (Papa). I am having a blast and trying to ride this fun momentum wave to a championship.”
Alabama senior Erin Routliffe and freshman Maddie Pothoff cruised past LSU's Foster and Valle Costa 6-1, 6-1 which means Routliffe will have a chance to win a third NCAA Doubles Championship on Monday. Routliffe teamed with Maya Jansen to win titles in 2014 and 2015 but Jansen transferred to Cal this year and almost set up an interesting final but she and Maegan Manasse fell to Ohio State's Francesca Di Lorenzo and Miho Kowase 6-2, 6-3. Ohio State has never had a women's singles or doubles champion.
There has only been one other three time NCAA Women's Doubles Champion and that came when Cal's Amy Jensen won three straight from 1998-2000.
Di Lorenzo on tomorrow’s championship match...“We want to just keep doing what we have been doing. Whoever we play is going to be a really tough team, but we have to come out and play as well as we can. We need to come out aggressive and make sure we stick to our game plan.”
California’s Manasse on the tournament as a whole...“We had a lot of fun here but this was not the way we wanted to go out. They (Ohio State) played great. I had so much fun playing with Maya (Jansen) this season and I could not have asked for a better season.”
California’s Jansen on playing with Manasse...“We have a lot of fun playing together. We are roommates so it has been more than fun playing our last season together.”
Alabama’s Routliffe on the quick win...“We played them earlier in the season and we knew they were a really good team. Being a senior and facing them at least four times, I knew how good they were. I told Maddie (Pothoff) before the match to just focus on our strengths and play as aggressive as we could. I think we did that from the very beginning and we played well overall.”
Routliffe on playing for her third national championship...
“I try not to think about it--it is a lot of pressure, but pressure is a privilege. But we are just focused on our game plan and fighting our butts off and competing for Alabama as best as we can.”
LSU’s Valle Costa on reaching the Final Four...“This was my senior so I am really happy that we finished this way. I have never made it this far in my four years, so I am really proud and proud of this team. Even though it was not the outcome we wanted, I am beyond proud of our effort and our team play overall.”
Valle Costa on the tournament environment...“It is definitely great. I could not be more proud to say good-bye this way. It is always a pleasure playing for LSU and having success for this team.”