No. 8 USC Women Fall To UCLA|
March 13, 2008
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The No. 8 USC women's tennis team had a tough outing against No. 10 UCLA on Thursday afternoon at Marks Stadium, winding up with a 6-1 loss to the Bruins. UCLA captured the doubles point and then managed the next three singles wins to clinch victory early for the Bruins. Leyla Entekhabi was the lone Trojan to grab a win, keeping the freshman's singles win streak intact at 14 straight. USC's overall record moves to 11-4 with the loss.
In doubles action, UCLA's Joelson/Schnack gave the Bruins an early edge with an 8-4 win over USC's Fansler/Kinstler at the No. 3 position. Trojan senior-freshman duo Nelson/Andrews pulled the teams even with an 8-5 upset of UCLA's #51 Lumpkin/Wetmore at No. 2. But at the No. 1 slot, #8 Fink/Niculescu suffered their first loss in 11 matches with an 8-6 loss to #15 Lin/Zalameda as UCLA grabbed a 1-0 lead in the match.
UCLA came out of the singles gates strong, holding rank over the Women of Troy as #46 Yasmin Schnack topped USC's #66 Gabriela Niculescu 6-3, 6-3 at the No. 4 position. #36 Andrea Remynse held off USC's #119 Sarah Fansler at No. 3 with a 6-0, 6-2 decision to get UCLA ahead 3-0 in the match. And from the No. 1 position, #7 Riza Zalameda put up a 7-5, 6-0 win over #38 Lindsey Nelson to secure the win for the Bruins.
At No. 6, USC freshman #101 Leyla Entekhabi fought off two match points in the third-set tiebreaker and pulled off her 14th consecutive singles win to get USC its first point in the match. Her 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (12-10) win over #56 Elizabeth Lumpkin made it 4-1 UCLA with two matches still going. The Bruins got wins in both, however, as Ashley Joelson beat USC freshman #105 Maria Sanchez 7-6 (6), 6-3, and #58 Tracy Lin beat USC's #17 Amanda Fink at the No. 2 slot 1-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-6) with the third-set tiebreaker.
USC returns to action next week with a trip to Texas on Wednesday (March 19) for a nonconference match at 1:30 p.m. CT.
#10 UCLA 6, #8 USC 1