Feb. 24, 2004
MALIBU, Calif. -- The No. 29th-ranked Pepperdine Waves women's tennis team fell short to No. 8 UCLA, 5-2, Tuesday afternoon at Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center in Malibu. However, the Waves staged huge upsets in singles play at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions when unranked Natalie Braverman and Charlotte Vernaz knocked-off No. 13 Jackie Carleton and No. 44 Daniel Bercek, respectively.
With the loss, the Waves drop to 5-2 on the season while the Bruins improve to 6-3.
In doubles play, the Bruins swept the point with three straight wins. At the No. 1 court, Lauren Fisher and Bercek defeated Braverman and Merve Asimgil, 9-7. The No. 2 Pepperdine duo of Karin Schlapbach and Eva Dickes fell to Feriel Esseghir and Carleton, 8-3. UCLA's Sarah Gregg and Laura Gordon took care of Pepperdine's Vernaz and Lise Sissler, 8-6.
The Waves took home victories at the top of the line-up when Braverman beat Carleton, 2-6, 6-0, 6-2, at No. 1 singles and No. 2 Vernaz won when Bercek was forced to retire due to injury. The Bruins also took home victories at the Nos. 3-6 positions.