March 31, 2004
LOS ANGELES - The ninth-ranked UCLA women's tennis team won its fifth-straight match Wednesday, defeating UNLV, 6-1 in a non-conference showdown at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. With the win, the Bruins improve to 11-5 overall while the Rebels fall to 11-5.
Although UCLA hasn't been in action for nearly two weeks because of final exams, it didn't take long for the Bruins to take control of the match. UCLA started strong by capturing the doubles point with victories on all three courts.
The Bruins carried that momentum into singles action, quickly taking a 2-0 lead in the match with a victory at the No. 2 spot. In that match, 44th-ranked Daniela Bercek was flawless in a 6-0, 6-0 decision over UNLV's Agnieszka Abram.
Court No. 5 was next to finish, as Bruin sophomore Laura Gordon posted a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Claire Smith. The dual was clinched at the No. 4 spot, where Sarah Gregg, like Bercek, didn't drop a game en route to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Cindy Treber.
With the match already decided and the Bruins owning a 4-0 advantage, UNLV got on the board with a victory at court No. 6, where Mery Constanti outlasted Bruin sophomore Shilpa Joshi, 6-3, 5-7, (10-7).
The final two matches of the afternoon were both won by UCLA, as 14th-ranked Jackie Carleton defeated Gyorgyi Zsiros, 7-6(3), 6-1 at the No. 1 position, and Feriel Esseghir knocked off Anne Claire Ortiz-Luis, 7-5, 6-4 at the No. 3 spot.
UCLA returns to action this weekend, traveling to the Bay Area for matches against No. 11 Cal on Friday at 1:30 p.m. and top-ranked Stanford on Saturday at Noon.
|1.||Bercek/ Lauren Fisher (UCLA) def. Abram/Ortiz-Luis (UNLV)||9-8(2)|
|2.||Carleton/Esseghir (UCLA) def. Smith/Zsiros (UNLV)||8-5|
|3.||Gordon/Gregg (UCLA) def. Constanti/Treber (UNLV)||8-1|
|UCLA Wins Doubles Point|
|1.||(14) Jackie Carleton (UCLA) def. Gyorgyi Zsiros (UNLV)||7-6(3), 6-1|
|2.||(44) Daniela Bercek (UCLA) def. Agnieszka Abram (UNLV)||6-0, 6-0|
|3.||Feriel Esseghir (UCLA) def. Anne Claire Ortiz-Luis (UNLV)||7-5, 6-4|
|4.||Sarah Gregg (UCLA) def. Cindy Treber (UNLV)||6-0, 6-0|
|5.||Laura Gordon (UCLA) def. Claire Smith (UNLV)||6-2, 6-1|
|6.||Mery Constanti (UNLV) def. Shilpa Joshi (UCLA)||6-3, 5-7, (10-7)|
|Singles Order of Finish: 2, 5, 4, 6, 1, 3|