No. 6 UCLA Women Top No. 10 USC 5-2|
April 18, 2008
WESTWOOD, CALIF. - The No. 10 USC women's tennis team dropped a 5-2 decision to No. 6 UCLA on Friday afternoon, falling in the Trojans' final Pac-10 dual match of the season to finish the regular season with a 17-7 overall record and 5-3 Pac-10 mark. USC fell behind early to the Bruins with a loss in doubles, and UCLA managed to claim three of the next four singles matches to move ahead to victory and finish the regular season at 18-5, 7-1 for a share of the Pac-10 title.
The Bruins got a doubles sweep to start things off, securing an 8-2 win at No. 3 followed by an 8-6 decision at No. 1 as #2 Lin/Zalameda edged USC's #5 Fink/Niculescu. The No. 2 match went into a tiebreaker, and Bruins Lumpkin/Wetmore got an 8-7 (3) win there over Andrews/Sanchez. Up 1-0, UCLA moved ahead 2-0 as #59 Andrea Remynse topped USC's Sarah Fansler 6-1, 6-1. USC closed back in on #92 Maria Sanchez's 6-3, 6-4 win over Ashley Joelson at No. 4, only to have the Bruins tack up two more straight-set wins to secure the win. Alex McGoodwin snagged a 6-3, 7-6 (6) win over freshman Cristala Andrews at No. 6 to make it 3-1 UCLA, and then #32 Tracy Lin held rank over USC's #90 Gabriela Niculescu at the No. 2 slot with a 6-4, 6-2 decision.
At No. 5, UCLA's #88 Elizabeth Lumpkin came back against USC's #117 Leyla Entekhabi for a three-setter, 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-3 that made it 5-1 UCLA, before USC's #13 Amanda Fink pulled out a tiebreaker win at the No. 1 position - moving up in the ladder with the absence of USC's regular No. 1 singles player Lindsey Nelson. Fink handed UCLA's #11-ranked Riza Zalameda a 5-7, 7-6 (4), 1-0 (10-8) loss that tallied the USC junior her 30th singles win of the season.
Next up for USC is a trip to the Pac-10 Championships, held April 24-27 in Ojai, Calif.
#6 UCLA 5, #10 USC 2