April 9, 2004
LOS ANGELES - The seventh-ranked UCLA women's tennis team pulled off a slight upset Friday, knocking off sixth-ranked Washington, 5-2 in a Pac-10 match at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. With the win, the Bruins move their overall record to 14-6, improving to 4-1 in the Pac-10. Washington drops to 17-4 overall and 4-2 in conference play.
UCLA, winners of eight of its last nine, came out strong and dominated doubles play. One highlight of the afternoon came at the No. 1 position, where Daniela Bercek and Lauren Fisher defeated No. 4-ranked Claire Carter/Dea Sumantri, 8-3. UCLA also posted victories on court Nos. 2 and 3.
Already ahead 1-0 following doubles play, the Bruins quickly took a 2-0 advantage when Fisher defeated Saskia Nauenberg, 6-0, 6-2 at court No. 5. UCLA then enjoyed a 3-0 lead in the match when Laura Gordon defeated Stephanie Svanfeldt, 6-4, 6-1 at the No. 6 position.
Facing defeat, Washington began to rally, posting a pair of victories. The Huskies got on the board when Erin Hoe knocked off UCLA's Feriel Esseghir, 6-4, 6-0 at the No. 3 spot. That result was followed up by 29th-ranked Carter, who defeated 16th-ranked Jackie Carleton, 6-1, 6-4.
Fortunately for UCLA, those were the only two matches Washington would win, as the Bruins recorded victories on the two remaining courts. The match was clinched at the No. 4 position, where Bruin junior Sarah Gregg dispatched of Dinka Hadzic, 6-4, 6-1.
With the match already decided at 4-2 in favor of UCLA, Bercek, ranked No. 52 in the country, won the final match of the afternoon at the No. 2 spot, defeating 20th-ranked Dea Sumantri, 7-5, 4-6, (10-7).
UCLA returns to action tomorrow, hosting Washington State at the LATC beginning at Noon.
|1.||Bercek/Fisher (UCLA) def. (4) Carter/Sumantri (UW)||8-3|
|2.||(26) Carleton/Esseghir (UCLA) def. Hadzic/Hoe (UW)||8-5|
|3.||Gordon/Gregg (UCLA) def. Monika Kolbovic/Nauenberg (UW)||8-7(6)|
|UCLA Wins Doubles Point|
|1.||(29) Claire Carter (UW) def. (16) Jackie Carleton (UCLA)||6-1, 6-4|
|2.||(52) Daniela Bercek (UCLA) def. (20) Dea Sumantri (UW)||7-5, 4-6, (10-7)|
|3.||(53) Erin Hoe (UW) def. Feriel Esseghir (UCLA)||6-4, 6-0|
|4.||Sarah Gregg (UCLA) def. Dinka Hadzic (UW)||6-4, 6-1|
|5.||Lauren Fisher (UCLA) def. Saskia Nauenberg (UW)||6-0, 6-2|
|6.||Laura Gordon (UCLA) def. Stephanie Svanfeldt (UW)||6-4, 6-1|
|Singles Order of Finish: 5, 6, 3, 1, 4, 2|