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