Jan. 31, 2011
LOS ANGELES - The No. 5 UCLA women's tennis team booked its spot in the 2011 USTA/ITA National Team Indoors with a 4-0 victory over Sacramento State in qualifying action at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on Monday. The Bruins, who improve to 4-0 on the year, will be one of 16 teams at the event, which runs from Feb. 18-21 in Charlottesville, Va.
UCLA was pushed to the limit in doubles on Monday, actually falling behind early on all three courts. The Bruins, however, managed to rally and eventually notch a pair of close wins at court Nos. 1 and 3 to pull out the point. Maya Johansson and McCall Jones struck first, needing a tiebreaker to overcome Katharina Knoebl and Sophie Lohscheidt 9-8(3) at court No. 3. UCLA's Courtney Dolehide and Andrea Remynse, the nation's 57th-ranked team, clinched the point with a 9-7 victory over Rebeca Delgado and Tatsiana Kapshai at court No. 1.
"They definitely tested us in doubles," said UCLA head coach Stella Sampras Webster. "Every doubles match was a battle and our team competed well. We're just kind of finding out more and more about our doubles teams. I think there are a lot of things that we need to work and improve on in order to compete against some of the top teams out there."
Following its slow start in doubles, UCLA made sure to come out and start strong in singles, taking the first set on five of six courts. Jones had the most impressive Bruin singles performance of the day, dropping just two games in a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Kapshai at the No. 1 position. Right next door at court No. 2, Remynse notched a 6-2, 6-1 win over Delgado, giving UCLA a 3-0 lead.
Remynse's win set the stage for Carling Seguso at court No. 6, as her 6-2, 6-3 win over Milica Zivanovic gave the Bruins a 4-0 victory.
UCLA was leading at two of the three remaining courts when play was suspended.
"I was very happy and proud of the team after not really having our best performance in doubles," said Sampras Webster. "I liked how we came out and competed. It was good to see that we didn't panic after doubles. Overall, I thought that this match was a good test for us."
The Bruins head to the Bay Area this weekend for a pair of non-conference matches against Cal on Friday and Stanford on Saturday.
"We're definitely not at our best, but everyone is in the same boat," said Sampras Webster about having to play Stanford and Cal so early on in the season. "It's a great opportunity for us. We're just going to go up there and hope to do our best. Hopefully we will have a chance to beat both teams."
#5 UCLA 4, Sacramento State 0
Jan 31, 2011 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)
|1. #57 Dolehide/Remynse (UCLA) def. Delgado/Kapshai (SAC) 9-7|
|2. Montez/Seguso (UCLA) vs. Baca/Meliuk (SAC) 8-7, Susp.|
|3. Johansson/Jones (UCLA) def. Katharina Knoebl/Lohscheidt (SAC) 9-8(3)|
|1. McCall Jones (UCLA) def. Tatsiana Kapshai (SAC) 6-2, 6-0|
|2. Andrea Remynse (UCLA) def. Rebeca Delgado (SAC) 6-2, 6-1|
|3. #36 Courtney Dolehide (UCLA) vs. Maria Meliuk (SAC) 7-6(5), Susp.|
|4. Pamela Montez (UCLA) vs. Clarisse Baca (SAC) 2-6, 5-3, Susp.|
|5. Maya Johansson (UCLA) vs. Sophie Lohscheidt (SAC) 6-1, 4-4, Susp.|
|6. Carling Seguso (UCLA) def. Milica Zivanovic (SAC) 6-2, 6-3|
|Sacramento State 1-1|
|UCLA 4-0; National ranking #5|
|Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (1,2,6)|
|UCLA advances to USTA/ITA National Team Indoors, Feb. 18-21 in Charlottesville, Va.|