Women's Tennis
    No. 6 UCLA Edges Out No. 14 USC

    April 15, 2011

    LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The No. 14 USC women's tennis team fell to No. 6 UCLA in the Trojans' regular-season finale today, taking a 5-2 loss to the visiting Bruins at Marks Stadium. The Women of Troy made a late comeback push, but the Bruins held off the threat and managed to pull out the Pac-10 win. USC finishes up the regular season with a 15-6 overall record and closes Pac-10 play at 4-4 for a fifth-place finish in the conference standings.

    Doubles play was highlighted by another powerful performance from the Trojans' #5 pair of Kaitlyn Christian and Maria Sanchez. After USC's #20 team of Valeria Pulido and Alison Ramos fell 8-3 to UCLA's #16 Hickey/Jones on court two, the senior-freshman tandem rang up an 8-3 win at the No. 1 slot over #17 Dolehide/Remynse. The Bruins were able to capture the double point, however, as Johansson/Montez recorded an 8-5 win on court three over USC's Lyndsay Kinstler / Danielle Lao.

    That gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead going into singles play, and UCLA would get up 2-0 when #43 Noelle Hickey worked to a 6-2, 6-0 win over USC's #21 Danielle Lao on court two. Meanwhile, USC's top gun Maria Sanchez was motoring past her Bruin opponent, as #2 Sanchez topped UCLA's #60 McCall Jones with a 6-1, 6-3 win to get the Trojans on the board. The Bruins would pad back ahead, however. UCLA's #99 Pamela Montez made it a 3-1 Bruin lead with her 6-2, 6-4 win over Alison Ramos at the No. 4 singles position. On court five, Valeria Pulido had evened things in the second set to put a possible third set in the picture, but her UCLA opponent Maya Johansson got back in control and wound up clinching the victory for the Bruins with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Pulido.

     

     

    While that match was falling in favor of the Bruins, USC freshman #124 Kaitlyn Christian had #62 Andrea Remynse on the ropes. Christian got out ahead 6-3, 3-0 in the match before Remynse stumbled and had to retire from the match due to injury. In the only three-setter of the day, USC senior Cristala Andrews had put up a strong fight on court six to force that third set. UCLA's Carling Seguso would regroup in the third, however, and posted a 6-2, 1-6, 6-2 win over Andrews to wrap up the day as a 5-2 Bruin win.

    The USC women get a rest now with no dual-match action set until NCAA Tournament play. The Trojans' next competition comes in individual action at the Pac-10 Championships, held April 29-May 1 in Ojai, Calif.

    #6 UCLA 5, #13 USC 2
    April 15, 2011 -- Marks Stadium
    DOUBLES
    (1) #5 Christian/Sanchez (USC) def. #17 Dolehide/Remynse (UCLA) -- 8-3
    (2) #16 Hickey/Jones (UCLA) def. #20 Pulido/Ramos (USC) -- 8-3
    (3) Johansson/Montez (UCLA) def. Kinstler/Lao (USC) -- 8-5
    UCLA wins doubles point.
    Order of finish: 2, 1, 3
    SINGLES
    (1) #2 Maria Sanchez (USC) def. #60 McCall Jones (UCLA) -- 6-1, 6-3
    (2) #43 Noelle Hickey (UCLA) def. #21 Danielle Lao (USC) -- 6-2, 6-0
    (3) #124 Kaitlyn Christian (USC) def. #62 Andrea Remynse (UCLA) -- 6-3, 3-0 ret. (inj)
    (4) #99 Pamela Montez (UCLA) def. Alison Ramos (USC) -- 6-2, 6-4
    (5) Maya Johansson (UCLA) def. Valeria Pulido (USC) -- 7-5, 6-3*
    (6) Carling Seguso (UCLA) def. Cristala Andrews (USC) -- 6-2, 1-6, 6-2
    Order of finish: 2, 1, 4, 5*, 3, 6