April 16, 2010
LOS ANGELES - The No. 7 UCLA women's tennis team kept its hopes for a Pac-10 title alive on Friday, cruising to a 6-1 victory over No. 16 USC in a crucial conference showdown for both teams at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. At 19-3 overall, the Bruins are on the verge of their third 20-win season in the last four years. More importantly, UCLA improves to 6-1 in conference play and has a legitimate chance at tying Stanford for the Pac-10 Championship.
Playing in her final regular season home match at the Los Angeles Tennis Center, Yasmin Schnack was determined not to have her Senior Day spoiled. And the senior from Sacramento didn't disappoint, as she and partner Andrea Remynse began the day with an 8-6 victory over 55th-ranked Danielle Lao and Maria Sanchez at court No. 1. It marked the13th win in the last 14 matches for the nation's fourth-ranked duo. Prior to that win, UCLA notched a pair of wins at court No. 2 (8-5) and 3 (9-7), respectively, to take a 1-0 lead heading into singles play.
The Bruins came out firing in singles, taking the first set on five of six courts. UCLA was cruising on the back three courts, as Maya Johansson (court No. 6) and Stephanie Hoffpauir (court No. 5) won their first sets 6-0, while Pamela Montez dropped just one game at court No. 4.
Johansson and Hoffpauir would go on to post straight-set wins, putting UCLA on the verge of its second victory of the year over its cross-town rival. After dropping the firs set 6-1 to Alison Ramos, junior Noelle Hickey bucked down, losing just two games in the next two sets to post a match-clinching 1-6, 6-1, 6-1 victory to give UCLA an insurmountable 4-0 lead. It was a satisfying win for Hickey, who dropped a straight-set decision to Ramos in the earlier meeting between the two teams this season.
The other big comeback of the day came from Schnack at court No. 1, as she notched a 7-5, 7-5 victory over Sanchez, who is ranked No. 3 in this week's ITA rankings. At one point Schnack, who is ranked No. 8 nationally, was down 0-5 before winning nine straight games.
UCLA now needs USC to beat Stanford on Wednesday for the Bruins to have any shot at a Pac-10 title.
The Bruins donned pink uniform tops on Friday for breast cancer awareness.
UCLA heads to the Pac-10 Championships next week in Ojai, Calif.
#7 UCLA 6, #16 USC 1
Apr 16, 2010 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)
1. #4 Remynse/Schnack (UCLA) def. #55 Lao/Sanchez (USC) 8-6 2. #77 Hickey/Nina Pantic (UCLA) def. Pulido/Ramos (USC) 8-5 3. Montez/Carling Seguso (UCLA) def. Fansler/Lyndsay Kinstler (USC) 9-7 Singles
1. #8 Yasmin Schnack (UCLA) def. #3 Maria Sanchez (USC) 7-5, 7-5 2. #51 Noelle Hickey (UCLA) def. #24 Alison Ramos (USC) 1-6, 6-1, 6-1 3. #26 Andrea Remynse (UCLA) def. #28 Danielle Lao (USC) 7-5, 6-1 4. #100 Valeria Pulido (USC) def. Pamela Montez (UCLA) 0-6, 7-6 (8-6), 1-0 (10-8) 5. Stephanie Hoffpauir (UCLA) def. Sarah Fansler (USC) 6-1, 6-4 6. Maya Johansson (UCLA) def. Cristala Andrews (USC) 6-0, 6-0 Match Notes
USC 13-8; 5-2 Pac-10; National ranking #16 UCLA 19-3; 6-1 Pac-10; National ranking #7 Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,5,2,4,1,3)