2006 NCAA TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Stanford University - Palo Alto, California
May 18-29, 2006
May 23, 2006-Team Finals
After an undefeated season (make that an undefeated two seasons and a 107th straight home victory) it didn't seem that anyone could beat Stanford. And that was never truer than today. The Miami women certainly gave it their all. Melissa Applebaum & Audra Cohen pushed top-ranked Alice Barnes & Anne Yelsey to 9-7 before succombing to the doubles point and the Hurricanes kept the momentum into the singles. It just wasn't enough.
Even just a year ago no one would have put Pepperdine as a national champion contender. Adam Steinberg, who took over the reigns four years ago, proved them all wrong. He put together a talented -- and highly energetic -- group of guys who wanted to get it done and tonight they proved they could. Their two defeats this year -- Texas and Georgia -- were avenged this week and they're taking the trophy to Malibu for its first visit.
It will probably be a very long time before anything I see in college tennis will match the excitement of the very first men's and women's NCAA Championship. All of the teams competing this week were of the highest caliber college tennis has every seen and it will continue as the individual championships begin Wednesday.
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