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