Bruins Drop Close one to Texas, 4-3

February 29, 2004

Results

AUSTIN, Texas -Texas rallied for a three-set win at No. 2 singles on Sunday evening at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center to give the 13th-ranked Longhorns (7-1, 4-0 Big 12 Conference) a 4-3 victory over eighth-ranked UCLA (6-4).

Katie Ruckert, who is a perfect 7-0 in dual matches and 15-3 overall, topped Feriel Esseghir, 6-7, 6-4, 6-2 to give the Longhorns the win.

Down 1-0 after the doubles point, Texas turned the tide in their favor with straight-set wins at the top and bottom of the singles lineup. Freshman Ristine Olson (Missoula, Mont.) has been a dominant fixture at the No. 6 position for Texas as she improved to 6-1 in dual matches on the year with a 6-2, 6-2 decision over Nina Yaftali. Classmate Petra Dizdar (Split, Croatia), ranked No. 18 in the nation, followed shortly after with a 6-4, 6-1 decision over 13th-ranked Jackie Carleton at the top spot.

After taking a 2-1 lead, the final four matches all went to a third set. From that point on the Bruins and Longhorns exchanged wins to set up the decisive match at No. 2 singles. Lauren Fisher of UCLA defeated sophomore Kelly Baritot (Allison Park, Pa.) at No. 4, 0-6, 6-4, 6-4 before UT retook the lead when sophomore Mia Marovic upended Laura Gordon at No. 5, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.

Down 3-2, UCLA immediately countered with a victory at No. 3 singles when Sarah Gregg rallied for a 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 decision over sophomore Kendra Strohm (Tucson, Ariz.). Strohm, the 2003 Big 12 Freshman of the Year, staid in her match until the very end, finally having her serve broke at 4-4 in the third. The win for UCLA evened the score at 3-3.

The Bruins gained the upper hand early by winning the doubles point with victories at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. Yaftali and Gregg were on the board first after knocking off Olson and Baritot, 8-4, at the third slot. Fisher and Gordon then clinched the point when they topped Dizdar and Marovic as the No. 2 position by an 8-4 score as well. Although the doubles point was already determined, Ruckert and Strohm finished out their match at the top spot and posted an 8-5 win over Carleton and Esseghir.

UCLA returns home next week to face cross-town rival USC at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on Wednesday beginning at 1:30 p.m.


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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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