April 11, 1997

    UCLA Tennis Defeats USC, 7-2

    LOS ANGELES - The No. 3 ranked UCLA women's tennis team opened its final homestand of the season with an important 7-2 victory over No. 33 USC in a Pac-10 Conference dual match at the Los Angeles Tennis Center today. UCLA improved its overall record to 13-4 and moved to 6-2 in Pac-10 Conference action. USC fell to 7-13 overall and 0-8 in league play.

    In today's single action, UCLA claimed four of six matches, winning at Nos. 1, 3, 4 and 5. The two quickest matches kept the score even as UCLA's Annica Cooper posted a 6-3, 6-0 win over Nicole London on the No. 3 court and USC's Jacqui Boyd used an identical score to defeat Brandi Freudenberg on court No. 6. UCLA won the next two matches as Kelly Rudolph registered a 6-4, 6-2 win over Eva Jimenez at No. 4 and Katia Roubanova used the momentum from a 9-7 win in the first set tiebreaker to post a 7-6, 6-2 win over Veronika Safarova at No. 5. On court No. 1, UCLA's Kati Kocsis battled for a 7-5, 7-5 win over Ditta Huber to give the Bruins a 4-1 lead. In the longest singles match of the day, USC's Karolina Baklarova came from behind to defeat Elizabeth Schmidt 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 at No. 2 to keep the match within reach for the Women of Troy.

    Leading 4-2 entering doubles play, UCLA had to come from behind, but held on to win all three courts. In the No. 1 slot, Roubanova and Schmidt defeated Huber and Pam Trump 8-6. In the second position, Kocsis and Cooper outlasted London and Jimenez 9-7. On court No. 3, Rudolph and Freudenberg won 9-7 over Boyd and Baklarova.

    In its next action, USC will host UNLV on Monday, April 14 at 1:30 p.m.

    UCLA 7, USC 2

    No. 1 - Kati Kocsis (UCLA) d. Ditta Huber (USC) - 7-5, 7-5
    No. 2 - Karolina Baklarova (USC) d. Elizabeth Schmidt (UCLA) - 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
    No. 3 - Annica Cooper (UCLA) d. Nicole London (USC) - 6-3, 6-0
    No. 4 - Kelly Rudolph (UCLA) d. Eva Jimenez (USC) - 6-4, 6-2
    No. 5 - Katia Roubanova (UCLA) d. Veronika Safarova (USC) - 7-6, 6-2
    No. 6 - Jacqui Boyd (USC) d. Brandi Freudenberg (UCLA) - 6-3, 6-0

    No. 1 Roubanova/Schmidt (UCLA) d. Huber/Trump (USC) - 8-6
    No. 2 Cooper/Kocsis (UCLA) d. London/Jimenez (USC) - 9-7
    No. 3 Freudenberg/Rudolph d. Boyd/Baklarova (USC) - 9-7