May 15, 2010
LOS ANGELES - The No. 7 UCLA women's tennis team will face No. 10 Duke in next week's NCAA Round of 16, as the Bruins advanced through regional play on Saturday with a 4-0 victory over 23rd-ranked Arizona State at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. It now marks 11 straight years that the Bruins (21-3) have advanced to the round of 16.
"It was just a solid performance all around," said UCLA head coach Stella Sampras Webster. "Everyone really competed well and responded to the pressure. I thought Noelle (Hickey) and Yasmin (Schnack) were outstanding today. They both lost to ASU during conference play so I thought it was great to see them come out and really dominate."
Saturday's match was a sharp contrast to the regular-season meeting between the two teams, where the Bruins narrowly edged the Sun Devils, 4-3. UCLA led from the beginning by claiming the doubles point with wins at court Nos. 1 and 3. Pamela Montez and Carling Seguso clinched the point for the Bruins with an 8-4 victory over Ashlee Brown and Sianna Simmons at court No. 3.
UCLA moved out to a strong start in singles as well, taking the first set on five of six courts. Hickey turned in perhaps the best performance of the day, losing just three games in a 6-1,6-2 victory over Kelcy McKenna at court No. 2. McKenna beat Hickey in straight sets during the previous encounter between the two teams on April 10.
Playing in just her first NCAA Tournament, freshman Pamela Montez seemed immune to the pressure, as she turned in a solid 6-3, 6-0 victory over Hannah James at court No. 4 to give UCLA a 3-0 advantage.
Junior Maya Johansson would get the clinching win for UCLA at court No. 5, as she defeated Michelle Brycki, 6-2, 6-4 to give the Bruins a 4-0 win. Johansson has been nearly perfect in dual matches this season, owning a 19-1 record, including an 8-0 mark at the No. 5 position.
The Bruins and Sun Devils also met in last year's NCAA Second Round, with UCLA winning that match 4-3. With the loss Saturday, ASU ends its season 14-6 overall.
UCLA and Duke will square off next Thursday at Noon (EST) in Athens, Ga.
"We are familiar with some of their players and know they have a good team," said Sampras Webster about Duke. "We haven't faced them this year and it's always exciting to play new teams. We can't wait to get to Athens and hopefully keep this run going."
#7 UCLA 4, #23 Arizona State 0
May 15, 2010 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)
NCAA Second Round
|1. #4 Remynse/Schnack (UCLA) def. Hein/McKenna (ASU) 8-3|
|2. Abdala/Brycki (ASU) def. Hickey/Nina Pantic (UCLA) 8-2|
|3. Montez/Carling Seguso (UCLA) def. Ashlee Brown/Simmons (ASU) 8-4|
|1. #6 Yasmin Schnack (UCLA) vs. #50 Micaela Hein (ASU) 6-2, 5-2, unfinished|
|2. #46 Noelle Hickey (UCLA) def. #74 Kelcy McKenna (ASU) 6-1, 6-2|
|3. #26 Andrea Remynse (UCLA) vs. Nadia Abdala (ASU) 7-5, 1-1, unfinished|
|4. Pamela Montez (UCLA) def. #116 Hannah James (ASU) 6-3, 6-0|
|5. Maya Johansson (UCLA) def. Michelle Brycki (ASU) 6-2, 6-4|
|6. Stephanie Hoffpauir (UCLA) vs. Sianna Simmons (ASU) 3-6, 3-4, unfinished|
|Arizona State 14-6; National ranking #23|
|UCLA 21-3; National ranking #7|
|Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,4,5)|
|UCLA advances to the NCAA Round of 16 in Athens, Ga.|