Feb. 1, 2007
Madison, Wisc. - The No. 14 UCLA women's tennis team suffered its first loss of the 2007 season on Thursday, falling to eighth-ranked Northwestern, 5-2 in first-round play at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships hosted by the University of Wisconsin. UCLA falls to 2-1 overall on the season and will play in Friday's consolation round. Northwestern advances to meet Miami in the second round.
The Bruins found themselves trailing after doubles play as Northwestern took a pair of wins on courts Nos. 1 and 3 to earn a 1-0 advantage heading into singles action. UCLA's lone win came at court No. 2, where Ashley Joelson and Alex McGoodwin edged Lauren Lui/Samantha Murray, 9-8(6). At that point, however, the doubles point had already been clinched.
Northwestern continued to take control of the action in singles, as Murray avenged her doubles loss with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 upset over 28th-ranked Yasmin Schnack at court No. 2. The Wildcats moved out to a 3-0 advantage not long after as Lui, who also dropped the first set against Joelson at court No. 4, battled back to take a 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 victory.
The match was clinched at court No. 1, where Northwestern's Georgia Rose gave her team a 4-0 lead when she downed Riza Zalameda, 6-0, 6-1.
Tracy Lin put UCLA on the board at court No. 3 when her opponent, Alexis Prousis, was forced to retire due to injury. Prousis was up 2-1 in the first set at the time of her retirement.
Northwestern went ahead 5-1 when Nazlie Ghazal posted a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 victory over Elizabeth Lumpkin at court No. 6. McGoodwin downed Suzie Matzenauer in straight sets to finish off the match.
|1.||(30) Prousis/Rose (NU) def. (17) Schnack/Zalameda (UCLA)||8-5|
|2.||Joelson/McGoodwin (UCLA) def. Lui/Murray (NU)||9-8(6)|
|3.||Ghazal/Keri Robison (NU) def. Lin/Lumpkin (UCLA)||8-6|
|Northwestern Wins Doubles Point|
|1.||Georgia Rose (NU) def. (35) Riza Zalameda (UCLA)||6-0, 6-1*|
|2.||Samantha Murray (NU) def. (28) Yasmin Schnack (UCLA)||3-6, 6-2, 6-2|
|3.||(61) Tracy Lin (UCLA) def. Alexis Prousis (NU)||1-2, Ret.|
|4.||(66) Lauren Lui (NU) def. (40) Ashley Joelson (UCLA)||5-7, 6-2, 6-3|
|5.||Alex McGoodwin (UCLA) def. Suzie Matzenauer (NU)||6-4, 6-2|
|6.||Nazlie Ghazal (NU) def. Elizabeth Lumpkin (UCLA)||6-3, 4-6, 7-6|
|* Denotes Clinching Match -- Order of Finish: 2, 4, 1, 3, 6, 5|