Florida Gator Women v Stanford in NCAA Final Tuesday, Live at 2 p.m.

May 24, 2010 07:00 PM
The University of Florida women and the Stanford women will battle for the NCAA team title on Tuesday in Athens, Ga., after both advanced to the final on Monday. Both semifinals were never in doubt with UF defeating North Carolina 4-1, and Stanford defeating Notre Dame 4-1.

Florida senior Marrit Boonstra (The Netherlands) and freshmen Allie Will (Boca Raton, Fla.) and Lauren Embree (Marco Island, Fla.) won their respective singles matches after the Gators won the doubles point. The third-seeded Gators (29-2) will play eighth-seeded Stanford (25-1) at 2 p.m. live on ESPNU, with a tape-delayed showing on ESPN2 beginning at 10:30 p.m.

Florida will be making its 11th appearance in the NCAA final and its first trip since 2003, when the Gators defeated Stanford 4-3 in Gainesville to win their fourth national championship. Florida also captured NCAA titles in 1992, 1996 and 1998.

"This is my sixth 'Final Four' in nine years at Florida at it never gets old," said UF Head Coach Roland Thornqvist, who guided the Gators to the 2003 NCAA title. "Entering the round of 16, we talked about being prepared for the ultimate, so that no matter how everything finished that we could look back this summer and know that we did everything we could to prepare."

Embree provided the clinching dual match victory, beating UNC senior Sanaz Marand 6-2, 1-6, 7-5.

"We had a really tight match in the fall I knew that it wasn't going to be easy today," Embree said. "She picked up her game in the second set and I started making unforced errors. The third set could have gone either way. I had to fight for every point. I knew I had to hang in there. I'm so excited to be in the final. My teammates cheering for me really helped."

The Stanford Cardinals lead the all-time series 14-11 against the Gators, including a commanding 8-2 record in NCAA tournament meetings.