March 31, 2006
LOS ANGELES - The 16th-ranked UCLA women's tennis team remained perfect in conference play Friday, downing No. 13 ASU, 6-1 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. With the victory, the Bruins improve to 11-2 overall and 3-0 in Pac-10 play. With the loss, the Sun Devils drop to 10-5 overall and 1-1 in the Pac-10.
UCLA, which posted a 7-0 victory over ASU in a non-conference showdown back in February, moved out to an early 1-0 lead by claiming the doubles point with victories at court Nos. 1 and 3. The point was clinched at court No. 1, where 34th-ranked Laura Gordon and Riza Zalameda downed 31st-ranked Roxanne Clarke/Kady Pooler, 8-5. The Sun Devils posted a win at court No. 2, however the point had already been decided by then.
ASU tied things up once singles play began when Clarke avenged her doubles loss by taking a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Zalameda at court No. 2. From there on out, however, it was all UCLA.
The Bruins took a 2-1 lead in the match when Elizabeth Lumpkin downed Jessica Leitch, 6-1, 6-2 at court No. 5. Within minutes of that win, UCLA's Ashley Joelson put the Bruins up 3-1 with a 6-4, 6-1 decision over Rebecca Rankin at court No. 4.
Sophomore Tracy Lin clinched the victory for UCLA at court No. 3, recording a 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 win over Pooler. With the Bruins up 4-1, Gordon (court No. 1) and Anna-Viktoria Lind (court No. 6) picked up two more singles wins to give UCLA the 6-1 victory.
UCLA returns to action tomorrow, hosting Arizona at the LATC beginning at Noon.
|1.||(34) Gordon/Zalameda (UCLA) def. (31) Clarke/Pooler (ASU)||8-5|
|2.||Capannolo/Leitch (ASU) def. Lind/Lumpkin (UCLA)||8-4|
|3.||Joelson/Lin (UCLA) def. Abdala/Wendy Pilecka (ASU)||8-1|
|UCLA Wins Doubles Point|
|1.||(17) Laura Gordon (UCLA) def. (116) Sabrina Capannolo (ASU)||7-5, 6-2|
|2.||(84) Roxanne Clarke (ASU) def. (96) Riza Zalameda (UCLA)||6-3, 6-2|
|3.||(38) Tracy Lin (UCLA def. Kady Pooler (ASU)||3-6, 6-2, 6-0*|
|4.||(111) Ashley Joelson (UCLA) def. Rebecca Rankin (ASU)||6-4, 6-1|
|5.||Elizabeth Lumpkin (UCLA) def. Jessica Leitch (ASU)||6-1, 6-2|
|6.||(90) Anna-Viktoria Lind (UCLA) def. Laila Abdala (ASU)||6-3, 3-6, 6-4|
|* Denotes Clinching Match - Singles Order of Finish: 2, 5, 4, 3, 1, 6|