March 13, 2008
LOS ANGELES - The No. 10 UCLA women's tennis team turned in perhaps its most impressive result of the season on Thursday, taking a dominating 6-1 victory over eighth-ranked USC in a non-Pac-10 counting match at the Marks Tennis Stadium. The Bruins (12-4; 2-0 Pac-10) have now won the last two meetings on USC's home courts.
"I'm really proud of the way we competed," said UCLA head coach Stella Sampras Webster. "I think the team did an excellent job of handling the crowd and staying focused. It's never easy to play over at USC, but our girls stayed composed the entire match. We just played extremely well."
After both teams split matches at court Nos. 2 and 3, the doubles point came down to court No. 1, where 15th-ranked Tracy Lin and Riza Zalameda pulled off an 8-6 upset over No. 8 Amanda Fink/Gabriela Niculescu.
Bruin sophomore Yasmin Schnack, playing in just her second singles match in more than a month due to injury, gave UCLA a 2-0 lead, taking a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Niculescu at court No. 4. That match was followed by another straight set UCLA victory next door at court No. 3, as freshman Andrea Remynse was nearly perfect in a 6-0, 6-2 win Sarah Fansler.
Fresh off her qualifying appearance at the WTA Tour's Pacific Life Open, Zalameda then clinched the match for the Bruins at court No. 1, registering a 7-5, 6-0 win against USC senior Lindsey Nelson. The win snaps a five-match losing streak to Nelson, with Zalameda's last victory coming when the two were freshmen back in 2005.
"Riza's win over Lindsey - a player she has had problems with in the past - was just huge for us," added Sampras Webster. "After winning the doubles point we felt confident in singles, especially with Yasmin back in the lineup. Her return to the lineup just makes everything easier for the team."
With the match already decided, the Bruins took two of the three remaining matches, as Ashley Joelson (court No. 5) and Lin (court No. 2) also got in the win column. UCLA's lone loss on the day came at court No. 6, where Elizabeth Lumpkin fell to Leyla Entekhabi, 4-6, 6-3, (12-10). It marks Lumpkin's first loss in a dual match this season, as she now stands at 15-1.
UCLA earned 2.5 points in the season-long race for the Lexus Gauntlet Trophy, as USC's lead is now 50-25.
UCLA's next match is against the University of Hawai'i in Honolulu on March 25.
|1.||(15) Lin/Zalameda (UCLA) def. (8) Fink/Niculescu (USC)||8-6|
|2.||Cristala Andrews/Nelson (USC) def. (51) Lumpkin/ Stephanie Wetmore (UCLA)||8-5|
|3.||Joelson/Schnack (UCLA) def. Fansler/Lyndsey Kinstler (USC)||8-4|
|UCLA Wins Doubles Point -- Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1|
|1.||(7) Riza Zalameda (UCLA) def. (38) Lindsey Nelson (USC)||7-5, 6-0|
|2.||(58) Tracy Lin (UCLA) def. (17) Amanda Fink (USC)||1-6, 7-5, (10-6)|
|3.||(36) Andrea Remynse (UCLA) def. (119) Sarah Fansler (USC)||6-0, 6-2|
|4.||(46) Yasmin Schnack (UCLA) def. (66) Gabriela Niculescu (USC)||6-3, 6-3|
|5.||Ashley Joelson (UCLA) def. (105) Maria Sanchez (USC)||7-6(6), 6-3|
|6.||(101) Leyla Entekhabi (USC) def. (56) Elizabeth Lumpkin (UCLA)||4-6, 6-3, (12-10)|
|* Denotes Clinching Match -- Order of Finish: 4, 3, 1, 6, 5, 2|