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Posted on: Monday, May 24, 2010

Tennis: USC beats Virginia, to face Vols in final


By CHARLES ODUM
AP Sports Writer

ATHENS, Ga. Southern California's reward for beating the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Division I tennis tournament is a matchup against the team Trojans coach Peter Smith says is the real favorite.

USC, the defending champion and No. 5 seed, beat top-seeded Virginia 4-2 in the semifinals on Monday and will face No. 2 seed Tennessee for the championship on Tuesday. Tennessee beat host Georgia 4-1.

Smith says he picked the Vols as "the team to beat" before the tournament.

Virginia had a 36-match winning streak snapped with only its second loss.

Meanwhile, Florida will face Stanford in the women's final on Tuesday. Florida beat North Carolina 4-0. Stanford beat Notre Dame 4-1.