May 12, 2006
Malibu, Calif. - The No. 19-ranked UCLA women's tennis team (14-6) opened up the 2006 NCAA Tournament in impressive fashion on Friday, posting a 4-0 shutout over San Diego State (16-9) in first-round regional action at Pepperdine University. The Bruins move on to Saturday's second round and will take on 13th-seeded Pepperdine (21-3) at 3:00 p.m. The Waves advanced Friday with a 4-0 decision over Wichita State. Saturday's second-round winner earns a trip to the round of 16, May 18-22 in Stanford, Calif.
UCLA took a 1-0 lead into singles play Friday following a pair of 8-2 decisions at court Nos. 2 and 3. The Bruins have now won the doubles point in 13 of 19 matches this season.
Once singles play began, the Bruins quickly took control, winning the first set on five of six courts. Sophomore Riza Zalameda gave UCLA a 2-0 lead following a 6-2, 6-2 victory over SDSU's Alesya Vidov at court No. 2. She was followed by senior Laura Gordon, who downed Dita Hauerlandova, 6-0, 6-4 at court No. 1. The match was clinched at court No. 5, where freshman Ashley Joelson posted a 6-1, 6-3 win over Sisse Nielsen, giving UCLA the 4-0 victory.
The Bruins were leading on the other three courts when the match was suspended. Tracy Lin had won the first set 6-4 at court No. 3, Alex McGoodwin had won the first set 6-0 at court No. 4, and Elizabeth Lumpkin was up 5-4 in the first set at court No. 6.
Pepperdine defeated UCLA, 4-3 in the only meeting between the two teams this season back on Feb. 11. That match was in Malibu. Saturday's winner will meet either fourth-seeded Florida or South Florida in the round of 16 on May 18.
|1.||(12) Gordon/Zalameda (UCLA) vs. (32) Hauerlandova/Nielsen (SDSU)||Susp.|
|2.||(47) Lumpkin/McGoodwin (UCLA) def. Krausova/Vidov (SDSU)||8-2|
|3.||Joelson/Lin (UCLA) def. Cadua/Yusupov (SDSU)||8-2|
|UCLA Wins Doubles Point|
|1.||(21) Laura Gordon (UCLA) def. (69) Dita Hauerlandova (SDSU)||6-0, 6-4|
|2.||(54) Riza Zalameda (UCLA) def. Alesya Vidov (SDSU)||6-2, 6-2|
|3.||(46) Tracy Lin (UCLA) vs. Eliska Krausova (SDSU)||Susp.|
|4.||(56) Alex McGoodwin (UCLA) vs. Milana Yusupov (SDSU)||Susp.|
|5.||(94) Ashley Joelson (UCLA) def. Sisse Nielsen (SDSU)||6-1, 6-3*|
|6.||Elizabeth Lumpkin (UCLA) vs. Esther Cadua (SDSU)||Susp.|
|* Denotes Clinching Match - Singles Order of Finish: 2, 1, 5|