AL FLORIDA. NATALIE GRISE CAUGHT UP WITH THE TEAM, AS THE CARDS GET READY FOR THEIR BIGGEST MATCH OF THE SEASON.>>OVER THE LAST FEW WEEKS, U OF L TENNIS COACH REX ECARMA COULD FEEL THE INTENSITY AT PRACTICE.>>THEY’VE BEEN TAKING EVERYDAY VERY SERIOUSLY. WE HAVEN’T HAD A BAD EFFORT DAY AT ALL.>>HIS GUYS KNEW THE NCAA TOURNAMENT, AND THEY WANTED TO BE PART OF IT.>>WE ARE VERY EXCITED, ESPECIALLY AFTER LAST YEAR, ALL THE GUYS THEY WANT TO PLAY SO BAD.>>MAKING THE NCAA TOURNAMENT WAS ONE OF THE MAJOR GOALS FOR THE TEAM THIS SEASON. IT’S THE PROGRAM’S 12TH OVERALL APPEARANCE, AND 7TH IN THE LAST 9 YEARS. BUT IT HASN’T BEEN EASY LAST , SEASON, THE TEAM WAS YOUNG, AND DIDN’T GET AN INVITE. THEIR 21-AND-9 RECORD THIS SEASON PUT THEM RIGHT BACK ON THE BUBBLE.>>I TOLD THE GUYS BEFORE THE ACC’S, OUR MATCH AGAINST NOTRE DAME MEANS A LOT. NOT JUST BECAUSE OF THE RIVALRY, BUT I HAVE A FEELING, THE LOSING TEAM IS OUT.>>THE CARDS WON THE MATCH, AND A SPOT IN THE TOURNAMENT. ECARMA SAID SINCE THEN, HIS TEAM STARTED SPENDING EVEN MORE TIME ON THE COURT, EVEN ON DAYS WHEN THERE WASN’T A SCHEDULED PRACTICE.>>I’M HAVING TOO MUCH FUN COACHING THIS TEAM, BECAUSE THEY’RE LIKE GYM RATS. THEY LOVE IT.>>THE CARDS KNOW THEY HAVE A CHALLENGE THIS WEEKEND, THAT COULD INCLUDE THIRD RANKED OHIO STATE, BUT THEY HAVE CONFIDENCE IN EACH OTHER.>>TO ME THE DIFFERENCE IS THE TEAM CHEMISTRY WE HAVE. WE WANT IT SO BAD. WE HAVE THE WILL TO WIN. COMPARED TO OTHER TEAMS. EVERYONE IS GOOD AT THIS LEVEL, BUT WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT IS HOW MUCH WE WANT IT. THAT IS THE DIFFERENCE THIS

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