Feb. 13, 2004
LOS ANGELES - The No. 8-ranked UCLA women's tennis team held on to defeat No. 21 Fresno State 4-3 Friday in a non-conference showdown at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The Bruins improve to 4-3 on the season with the victory, while Fresno State drops to 1-1.
UCLA dominated doubles play, taking victories on all three courts. After an 8-5 Bruin win at the No. 1 position, UCLA clinched the doubles point at the No. 3 spot, where Laura Gordon and Alex McGoodwin defeated Fresno State's Courtney Jantz/Lucia Sainz by the same score. With doubles already decided, the Bruins capped off play with an 8-6 victory at the No. 2 spot.
Fresno State quickly came out and tied the match at one apiece when Katharina Winterhalter defeated Bruin sophomore Feriel Esseghir at the No. 3 position. Esseghir had lost the first set 6-1 and was up 1-0 in the second when she was forced to retire due to injury.
UCLA then went ahead 3-1 following a pair of straight-set victories. Gordon was first to finish, defeating Jantz, 6-1, 6-2 at the No. 6 spot. Gordon was a last minute substitution in place of Bruin junior Lauren Fisher, who played doubles but was not able to go in singles. Next off was Bruin freshman Daniela Bercek, who dispatched of Lucia Tallo, 6-2, 6-2 in the No. 2 position.
Sarah Gregg ended up clinching the match for UCLA at the No. 5 spot, as she battled back from a set down to defeat Sainz, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2.
With the dual match already clinched in favor of UCLA, Fresno State won both remaining matches still on court. At the No. 1 position, Jelena Pandzic lost the first set 6-1 to Bruin sophomore Jackie Carleton, but ended up coming back to take the next two sets 6-1, 6-2. Fresno State's Vlatka Jovanovic followed suit, battling back for a 1-6, 6-2, 7-5 decision over McGoodwin.
The Bruins will not be in action again until Feb. 20 and 21 when they travel to the Arizona schools.