Women's Tennis Can't Break the Waves
March 19, 1998
LOS ANGELES - The No. 14 ranked UCLA women's tennis team watched a 4-2 lead after singles disintegrate as No. 14 ranked Pepperdine swept doubles play to claim the match 5-4 in a non-conference match at the Los Angeles Tennis Center today. The loss is the second of the season for the Bruins to the Waves and drops UCLA's record to 10-7 overall, while Pepperdine improved to 13-4 overall.
UCLA looked to have the match in hand when Elizabeth Schmidt held off Karoline Borgersen in the No. 3 position for a 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 Bruin victory in the final singles match completed. That victory gave UCLA a 4-2 advantage going into doubles play. However, Pepperdine has two doubles teams ranked among the top-30 in the nation and it was clear the Waves were not ready to roll over and even a switch in the line-up order for UCLA's doubles teams did not a make difference today.
Pepperdine's top team of Zsofia Csapo and Angela Lawrence is currently ranked No. 5 in the nation and showed why as they defeated UCLA's Annica Cooper and Kati Kocsis 8-2. On court No. 2 Pepperdine's team of Borgersen and Annabel Rognon, currently ranked No. 26 in the nation, evened the team score with an 8-4 win over UCLA's tandem of Katia Roubanova and Schmidt. All eyes turned to court No. 3 where Pepperdine's Nadine Rastetter and Yael Tobi held a slight lead. The Waves went on to post an 8-6 win over UCLA's Brandi Freudenberg and Cristina Popescu to claim the team victory.
In singles play, UCLA claimed wins in position Nos. 2-5, while Pepperdine won in the Nos. 1 and 6 slots. UCLA's Kelly Rudolph claimed a 6-3, 6-4 win over Anh Nguyen on court No. 4 to improve her dual match record to a team-high 14-3. The Bruins also got a straight set win from Kocsis in the No. 5 slot as she defeated Rastetter 6-3, 6-3. On court No. 2, Popescu allowed just one point in the first-set tiebreaker, then cruised to a 6-0 win in the second. Both of Pepperdine's wins were decisive as Lawrence defeated Cooper 6-1, 6-2 in the top slot and Rognon defeated Freudenberg 6-1, 6-0 at No. 6.
UCLA's eight-match homestand continues after a break for academic final exams, when Stanford and Cal come to the Los Angles Tennis Center April 3 and 4.
Here are today's position-by-position results:
Singles No. 1 Angela Lawrence (Pepp) def. Annica Cooper (UCLA) 6-1, 6-2 No. 2 Cristina Popescu (UCLA) def. Zsofia Csapo (Pepp) 7-6(1), 6-0 No. 3 Elizabeth Schmidt (UCLA) def. Karoline Borgersen (Pepp) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 No. 4 Kelly Rudolph (UCLA) def. Anh Nguyen (Pepp) 6-3, 6-4 No. 5 Kati Kocsis (UCLA) def. Nadine Rastetter (Pepp) 6-3, 6-3 No. 6 Annabel Rognon (Pepp) def. Brandi Freudenberg (UCLA) 6-1, 6-0 Doubles No. 1 Zsofia Csapo / Angela Lawrence (Pepp) def. Annica Cooper / Kati Kocsis (UCLA) 8-2 No. 2 Karoline Borgersen / Annabel Rognon (Pepp) def. Katia Roubanova / Elizabeth Schmidt (UCLA) 8-4 No. 3 Nadine Rastetter / Yael Tobi (Pepp) def. Brandi Freudenberg / Cristina Popescu (UCLA) 8-6 Final Team Score: Pepperdine 5, UCLA 4
CLick for Bruin Video