Feb. 7, 2008
Madison, Wisc. - Playing without two singles players due to injury, the second-seeded UCLA women's tennis team suffered its first loss of the season on Thursday, falling upset to North Carolina, 4-3 in a first-round match at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships held at the University of Wisconsin's Nielsen Tennis Stadium. The Bruins (3-1) will play in a consolation match on Friday at 9:00 a.m. (CST) against an opponent yet to be determined.
UCLA's Yasmin Schnack and Riza Zalameda, ranked 16th nationally, managed to pull off a slight upset in doubles play, defeating eighth-ranked Sophie Grabinski/Sanaz Marand, 8-3. Despite the big win at court No. 1, the Bruins dropped matches on court Nos. 2 and 3 to surrender the doubles point.
Already without senior Alex McGoodwin due to injury, the Bruins suffered another blow to the singles lineup when it was determined that Schnack would not play due to an injury she suffered during doubles. With Schnack out, Ashley Joelson moved up to the No. 4 position and Elizabeth Lumpkin assumed the No. 5 role. Stephanie Wetmore came in to fill the No. 6 singles slot.
Despite the two injuries, the Bruins battled to the very end. First to finish was Lumpkin, who tied the match with a decisive 6-2, 6-0 victory over Laura Reichert. The Tar Heels answered right back with a win at court No. 2, however UCLA tied it once more when Zalameda took a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Katrina Tsang at court No. 1.
The Bruins then came within a win of clinching the match, as Andrea Remynse put UCLA ahead 3-2 with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Austin Smith at court No. 3.
North Carolina came back to take the final two matches, however, as Jelena Durisic defeated Joelson, 7-6(5), 7-5, at court No. 5, and Meg Fanjoy downed Wetmore, 7-5, 6-3 at court No. 6.
|1.||(16) Yasmin Schnack /Zalameda (UCLA) def. (8) Sophie Grabinski/Marand (UNC)||8-3|
|2.||Reichert/Tsang (UNC) def. Joelson/Alex McGoodwin (UCLA)||8-4|
|3.||Fanjoy/Smith (UNC) def. Lumpkin/Wetmore (UCLA)||8-5|
|North Carolina Wins Doubles Point|
|1.||(25) Riza Zalameda (UCLA) def. Katrina Tsang (UNC)||6-3, 6-2|
|2.||(14) Sanaz Marand (UNC) def. (41) Tracy Lin (UCLA)||6-4, 6-2|
|3.||(28) Andrea Remynse (UCLA) def. (72) Austin Smith (UNC)||6-2, 7-5|
|4.||Jelena Durisic (UNC) def. Ashley Joelson (UCLA)||7-6(5), 7-5|
|5.||Elizabeth Lumpkin (UCLA) def. Laura Reichert (UNC)||6-2, 6-0|
|6.||Meg Fanjoy (UNC) def. Stephanie Wetmore (UCLA)||7-5, 6-3*|
|* Denotes Clinching Match -- Order of Finish: 5, 2, 1, 3, 4, 6|