May 20, 2011
Stanford, Calif. - The sixth-seeded UCLA women's tennis team notched a 4-1 victory over 11th-seeded Virginia in the round of 16 at the NCAA Championships on Friday at Stanford's Taube South Courts. With the win, the Bruins (21-5) move on to the quarterfinals and will face third-seeded Duke on Sunday at Noon. The Blue Devils (25-4) edged out Georgia Tech, 4-3 on Friday.
"Virginia really pushed us," said UCLA head coach Stella Sampras Webster. "I'm really pleased with the way our team came out in the doubles. But I have to give credit to Virginia. They really made us work. We knew it was going to be hard and they fought very hard."
The Bruins had perhaps their best doubles performance of the season on Friday, dominating play at all three positions. UCLA was especially strong at court No. 3, where Maya Johansson and Pamela Montez beat Maria Fuccillo and Caryssa Peretz, 8-1. The Bruins followed that up with a point-clinching 8-2 victory by Noelle Hickey and McCall Jones at court No. 2. UCLA was leading 7-5 at court No. 1 when play was suspended.
With the doubles point in hand, things looked good for UCLA in singles, as the Bruins registered first-set wins on four of six courts. Johansson would give the team a 2-0 lead when she downed Fuccillo, 6-2, 6-3 at court No. 6.
Although Virginia cut the lead to 2-1 when Emily Fraser upset Hickey, 6-4, 6-3 at court No. 2, the Bruins were still in control on the four remaining courts. Bruin freshman Courtney Dolehide, who split the first two sets with Peretz at court No. 5, was tremendous in the third and final set, cruising to a 6-0 win to give UCLA a 3-1 lead.
At the time of Dolehide's victory, Montez was down 0-2 in the third set at court No. 4, and Andrea Remynse was up a set and trailing 4-5 in the second at court No. 3.
UCLA's best chance to clinch came at the No. 1 spot, where Jones was in a second-set tiebreaker with 27th-ranked Emily Fraser. Already with a one-set lead, Jones played a tremendous tiebreaker, losing just one point to eventually win the match, 6-4, 7-6(1) to send UCLA into the quarterfinals for the first time since 2008.
"McCall has been battling and she has been our No. 1 player and it's great to see her get that win because it is a tough position to play," added Sampras Webster on Jones. "Lindsey Hardenbergh has had a great season so for her to beat Lindsey, she had to play well and she did."
UCLA is looking to avenge a 4-2 loss to Duke in the round of 16 last season in Athens, Ga.
#6 UCLA 4, #11 Virginia 1
May 20, 2011 at Stanford, CA (Taube South Courts)
|1. #23 Dolehide/Remynse (UCLA) vs. #32 Hardenbergh/Vierra (UVA) 7-5, Susp.|
|2. #24 Hickey/Jones (UCLA) def. #20 Fraser/Tomljanovic (UVA) 8-2|
|3. Johansson/Montez (UCLA) def. Fuccillo/Peretz (UVA) 8-1|
|1. #57 McCall Jones (UCLA) def. #27 Lindsey Hardenbergh (UVA) 6-4, 7-6(1)|
|2. #60 Emily Fraser (UVA) def. #41 Noelle Hickey (UCLA) 6-4, 6-3|
|3. #76 Andrea Remynse (UCLA) vs. #101 Erin Vierra (UVA) 7-5, 5-5, Susp.|
|4. #97 Pamela Montez (UCLA) vs. #118 Hana Tomljanovic (UVA) 6-7(8), 6-4, 0-3, Susp.|
|5. #77 Courtney Dolehide (UCLA) def. Caryssa Peretz (UVA) 6-2, 3-6, 6-0|
|6. Maya Johansson (UCLA) def. Maria Fuccillo (UVA) 6-2, 6-3|
|Virginia 20-8; National ranking #11|
|UCLA 21-5; National ranking #6|
|Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (6,2,5,1)|