No. 2 USC Falls 4-3 To No. 1 UCLA
March 1, 2012
No. 2 USC got big wins at Nos. 2, 3 and 4 singles after dropping the doubles point, but the host Trojans fell in a heartbreaker, 4-3, to No. 1 UCLA at Marks Tennis Stadium on Thursday (March 1).
USC fell to 9-2 while the Bruins improved to 12-0.
The match tied at 3-3, all eyes turned to court 5, where a battle between Trojan freshman Gabriella DeSimone and Bruin freshman Chanelle Van Nguyen decided the winner. DeSimone took the first set, 6-4, but an early break in the second set cost her momentum as Van Nguyen evened the match with a 6-2 second set win.
Down an early break again in the third, DeSimone broke back to make it 2-3 and then evened the match at 3-3 at love. But Van Nguyen took it from there. Ahead 4-3, she rattled off four straight points at 0-30 to break and go ahead 5-3. DeSimone saved one match point but Van Nguyen clinched the win on her second chance.
UCLA opened the match by claiming the doubles point. USC's Danielle Lao and Alison Ramos put USC ahead with an 8-2 win, but UCLA evened doubles with a win on court 1 and then came back from being down 5-6 to win on court 3.
Trojan sophomore Kaitlyn Christian tied the match at 1-1 with a 6-3, 6-0 win over UCLA's Skylar Morton at No. 4 singles, but UCLA's Robin Anderson downed USC's Zoe Scandalis at No. 1, 6-3 6-3, to put UCLA ahead 2-1.
The Trojans tied the match at 2-2 shortly after as freshman Sabrina Santamaria dispatched of UCLA's Pamela Montez, 6-2, 6-3, but UCLA's Kaitlin Ray downed Ramos at No. 6, 7-6 (1), 6-1.
Lao, a junior, took out Bruin McCall Jones, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 2 to even the match again, setting up the finish at court 5, where Van Nguyen won the match for the Bruins.
#2 USC 3, #1 UCLA 4
March 1, 2012 - Marks Stadium