Ninth-Seeded UCLA Blanks Long Beach St., 4-0 in NCAA First Round

May 14, 2004

Results

LOS ANGELES - The ninth-seeded UCLA women's tennis team moved into the second round of the NCAA Championships Friday, posting a 4-0 decision over Long Beach State in an NCAA First Round matchup at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. With the win, the Bruins (17-7) will face Pepperdine (15-9) in the regional final on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. The winner of that match earns a spot in next week's 16-Team NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga. Pepperdine advanced after defeating BYU, 4-2 earlier Friday.

UCLA came out strong from the start, taking a pair of doubles victories to earn a 1-0 advantage heading into singles play. The Bruins clinched the doubles point when Laura Gordon and Sarah Gregg defeated Long Beach State's Emmanuelle Tabatruong/Krystina Katayama, 9-7 at the No. 3 position.

Once singles play began, Gordon helped the Bruins take a 2-0 advantage in the match when she quickly dispatched of Katayama, 6-2, 6-0 at court No. 6. Next to finish was court No. 5, where UCLA's Lauren Fisher won a second-set tiebreaker to defeat Sandra Rocha, 6-2, 7-6(8).

The match was clinched at the No. 1 position, as Daniela Bercek defeated Long Beach State's Nicole Bouffler, 6-3, 6-4.

When play was suspended, UCLA's Jackie Carleton was up 5-0 in the third set of her match against Kelly Chan at court No. 2. Gregg was in a tiebreaker after winning the first set in her match at court No. 4, while Feriel Esseghir was battling to stay in her match after dropping the first set.

It marks the second year in a row that UCLA and Pepperdine have faced off in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins defeated the Waves, 4-1 in last year's regional final at the LATC.

Doubles

Pos.OpponentsScore
1.(23) Bercek/Fisher (UCLA) def. Bouffler/Rocha (LBSU) 8-3
2.(43) Carleton/Esseghir (UCLA) vs. Carroll/Chan (LBSU)Susp.
3.Gordon/Gregg (UCLA) def. Tabatruong/Katayama (LBSU)9-7
UCLA Wins Doubles Point

Singles

Pos.OpponentsScore
1.(31) Daniela Bercek (UCLA) def. Nicole Bouffler (LBSU)6-3, 6-4
2.(18) Jackie Carleton (UCLA) vs. Kelly Chan (LBSU)Susp.
3.Feriel Esseghir (UCLA) vs. Alanah Carroll (LBSU) Susp.
4.Sarah Gregg (UCLA) vs. Emmanuelle Tabatruong (LBSU)Susp.
5.Lauren Fisher (UCLA) def. Sandra Rocha (LBSU) 6-2, 7-6(8)
6.Laura Gordon (UCLA) def. Krystina Katayama (LBSU) 6-2, 6-0
* Denotes Clinching Match - Singles Order of Finish: 6, 5, 1

EVENT INFORMATION
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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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vs. Pac-12 Championships
Ojai, CA
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Ojai, CA
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vs. Pac-12 Championships ...
Ojai, CA
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Friday, May 13
vs. Notre Dame
Columbus, OH
W, 4 - 1
Saturday, May 14
at Ohio State
Columbus, OH
L, 1 - 4
BRUINS ON PAC-12 NETWORKS