"Santamaria's tough," he said. "She's mentally tough. She has a really good forehand, similar to Lynda's, and she slices her backhand almost all the time. It's a very effective shot, and it forces girls into the court, then she rips her forehand."
Ricker said he'd give Xepoleas a good shot, though, if she can again bring her all-around game.
"It's two great players," he said. "One's going to USC, one's going to Purdue. It's who shows up and plays outstanding tennis. Lynda's going to have to make some big shots, which she does, and Santamaria's going to have to defend like crazy.
"Today was the best I've seen [Xepoleas'] backhand look. She was hitting through it, hitting some winners and not making errors. If she can continue that tomorrow, I like her chances."