USC Women Fall To No. 7 UCLA|
April 16, 2010
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The No. 16 USC women's tennis team took a tough road loss to crosstown foe No. 7 UCLA, falling 6-1 to the Bruins on Friday afternoon at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. UCLA grabbed early momentum with a sweep in doubles, and pushed through in singles play to put the Women of Troy out of reach. The loss moves USC to 13-8 overall and takes the Trojans out of the running for a share of the Pac-10 title as USC goes to 5-2 in conference play. UCLA improves to 19-3 and is 6-1 in Pac-10 action.
In doubles action, USC fell behind when UCLA's #77 Hickey/Pantic held off a late comeback push from USC's Pulido/Ramos to grab an 8-5 win at the No. 2 position. Meanwhile, the matches on courts one and three were holding tight. It was a back-and-forth battle on court one, while USC"s Fansler/Kinstler fought out of an early 1-3 hole on court three to even the score until Montez/Seguso managed to pull ahead and get a 9-7 win and secure the doubles point for the Bruins. At the No. 1 slot, USC's #55 Lao/Sanchez were locked up 6-6 with UCLA's #4 Remynse/Schnack when the doubles point was decided. The Bruin pair would get the next two games, and close out doubles play with an 8-6 win in UCLA's favor.
Deflated from the doubles point deficit, USC slipped up in straight-set losses on courts five and six as the Bruins worked ahead 3-0 in the match. Back in the lineup after being sidelined by injury since early March, USC's Cristala Andrews fell 6-0, 6-0 to UCLA's Maya Johansson at the No. 6 singles position. At No. 5, UCLA's Stephanie Hoffpauir topped USC's Sarah Fansler 6-1, 6-4. While the court four match went into a second-set tiebreaker, UCLA went ahead and clinched the win from court two. #51 Noelle Hickey gathered up a 1-6, 6-1, 6-1 victory over USC's #24 Alison Ramos, and the Bruins had the win with a 4-0 advantage.
On court four, #100 Valeria Pulido forced the issue with a second-set tibreak win to force a 10-point tiebreaker in the third. Pulido got the win by edging out Pamela Montez for a 0-6, 7-6 (6), 1-0 (10-8) comeback that made it 4-1 UCLA with action nearing completion on courts one and three. On court one, UCLA's #8 Yasmin Schnack managed at 7-5, 7-5 win over USC's #3 Maria Sanchez to take UCLA ahead 5-0, but USC would grab its first point of the match soon after. The No. 3 match was still in the works, as UCLA's #26 Andrea Remynse was engaged in battle with USC's #28 Danielle Lao. Remynse snagged the win, topping Lao 7-5, 6-1 to close out the match as a Bruin victory.
Next up for the Women of Troy is individual singles and doubles action at the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai, Calif. The tournament kicks off on Thursday (April 22) and runs until Sunday (April 25).
#7 UCLA 6, #16 USC 1