No. 11 Bruins Fall to No. 13 USC, 5-2

March 3, 2004

Results

LOS ANGELES - The No. 11-ranked UCLA women's tennis team won the doubles point but managed just one victory in singles play, falling 5-2 to No. 13 USC Wednesday in the Pac-10 opener for both teams at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. With the loss, UCLA falls to 6-5 overall and 0-1 in Pac-10 play. The Women of Troy improve to 6-3 overall and 1-0 in conference action.

The Bruins started strong by claiming a 1-0 advantage in the match with a pair of doubles victories at the top two courts. First to finish was court No. 2, where Lauren Fisher and Laura Gordon posted an 8-4 win over USC's Judy DeVera/Melissa Esmero. The Women of Troy answered with an 8-3 decision at the No. 3 court. The doubles point was decided at the No. 1 position, where UCLA's Jackie Carleton/Feriel Esseghir defeated Luana Magnani/Carine Vermeulen, 8-3.

Despite the early 1-0 UCLA advantage, USC bounced back strong in singles play. The Women of Troy tied the dual match at 1-1 when DeVera defeated Gordon, 7-5, 6-1 at court No. 5. UCLA's Lauren Fisher then put the Bruins back in the lead when she knocked off Dianne Matias, 6-4, 6-2 at court No. 4.

From that point on however, it was all USC. The Women of Troy posted a pair of wins at the Nos. 3 and 6 courts to go ahead 3-2 in the dual match. At that point, both remaining matches were headed to a third set.

The match was clinched at the No. 2 court, where Vermeulen knocked off Esseghir, 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-4. Already leading the dual 4-2, Magnani capped things off for USC at the No. 1 court, defeating Carleton, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

The Bruins are still without normal starters Daniela Bercek and Alex McGoodwin due to injury. Bercek played at No. 3 doubles on Wednesday, but is not healthy enough for singles play.

USC, which beat UCLA, 4-3 back on Jan. 30, gets the full five points in the Lexus Gauntlet Cup standings.

The Bruins return to action this Saturday at the LATC and will host Oregon at Noon.


EVENT INFORMATION
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Sunday, Feb 07
vs. Northwestern
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 1
Saturday, Feb 13
vs. UC Davis
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 0
Saturday, Feb 13
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 1
Thursday, Feb 18
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 6
Saturday, Feb 20
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 5
Thursday, Feb 25
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 2
Saturday, Feb 27
vs. Baylor
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 1
Friday, Mar 04
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 1
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 2
Friday, Mar 11
at California
Berkeley, CA
Rained out.
Saturday, Mar 12
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
L, 1 - 5
Tuesday, Mar 22
vs. Fresno State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 2
Saturday, Mar 26
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 3
Friday, Apr 01
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
W, 6 - 1
Sunday, Apr 03
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 4 - 2
Friday, Apr 08
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 3 - 4
Sunday, Apr 10
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 2
Sunday, Apr 17
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
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Ojai, CA
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Friday, May 13 - TBA PST
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Saturday, May 14 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
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Thursday, May 19 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Team & ...
Tulsa, OK
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Saturday, May 21 - All Day PST
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Sunday, May 22 - All Day PST
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Thursday, May 26 - All Day PST
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Saturday, May 28 - All Day PST
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Sunday, May 29 - All Day PST
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Monday, May 30 - All Day PST
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