UCLA Downs Georgia Tech, 4-2 to Open Indoor Play
Feb. 10, 2012
Charlottesville, Va. - The second-seeded UCLA women's tennis team got off to a positive start at the 2012 ITA National Team Indoor Championships on Friday evening, downing No. 13 Georgia Tech, 4-2 at the Boars Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va. With the win, the Bruins earned a spot in Saturday's quarterfinals and will take on Northwestern at 12:30 p.m. (PST). The Wildcats upset seventh-seeded and host Virginia, 4-2 in the opening round.
UCLA actually trailed 0-2 in Friday's contest, as the Yellow Jackets won the doubles point and then got a quick singles victory when Elizabeth Kilborn upset 62nd-ranked McCall Jones, 6-4, 6-4 at court No. 2.
It was all UCLA from that point on, however, as the Bruins reeled off four consecutive singles wins to take the match. Straight-set victories by freshmen Robin Anderson and Chanelle Van Nguyen quickly tied things up at 2-2. Kaitlin Ray then gave the Bruins a 3-2 lead when she downed Lynn Blau, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 at court No. 5.
Junior Pamela Montez posted the match-clinching victory on Friday, as her 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win over Christina Ngo at court No. 3 gave the Bruins a 4-2 lead. Skylar Morton and Georgia Tech's Jasmine Minor were tied at 5-5 in the third set at court No. 4 when play was suspended.
Three of UCLA's four points on the day were posted by players who were competing in their first-ever National Team Indoors.
"I think we underestimated Georgia Tech's doubles a little," UCLA head coach Stella Sampras Webster stated. "They came out with a lot of emotion. They made a lot of volleys and they played really aggressive, which caught us off guard a little. It is good to know we can lose the doubles point against a team of this quality and still win the match. The freshmen came out a little nervous in singles, but they eventually put it together. I think Georgia Tech got a little nervous at the end as well. This was a very good experience for the freshmen, especially with the match coming down to the very end. Each player did what they needed to do for us to win this match. I thought we were the more talented team, but Georgia Tech had more discipline tonight. That is something we need to work on, having more discipline in the way we play."
#4 UCLA 4, #13 Georgia Tech 2
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