No. 16 Women's Tennis Beats No. 44 Washington, 6-3
April 9, 1998
Los Angeles - The No. 16 ranked UCLA women's tennis team demonstrated that last weekend's upset of No. 1 ranked Stanford was not a fluke as the Bruins claimed today's match at the Los Angeles Tennis Center over the University of Washington during singles play. UCLA won the match 6-3 after deciding to not contest two doubles matches. UCLA improved its record to 12-8, while No. 44 ranked Washington slipped to 12-5.
UCLA won three singles matches in straight sets and claimed two more in three-sets to clinch the match prior to doubles play. Subsequently the Bruins did not contest two doubles matches, but did field the team of Brandi Freudenberg and Kelly Rudolph against Washington's tandem of Kori Sosnowy and Peggy Wu in the No. 1 position. UCLA prevailed in that doubles match 8-6, for the final 6-3 team victory.
In singles action, Rudolph started the day off with an emphatic 6-0, 6-1 win over Wu on court No. 4. Cristina Popescu followed suit with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Zuzana Stunova in the No. 2 position and Elizabeth Schmidt collected a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Erica Stoloff in the No. 3 slot.
In the longest matches of the day, UCLA's Freudenberg was extended to three sets by Washington's Kari Luna, but held on for the 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-4 Bruin victory in the No. 6 position. In another three-setter, UCLA's Kati Kocsis battled back from a 3-6 first set to claim the match 6-4, 6-3 on court No. 5. Washington's Kristina Kraszewski also recovered from a first-set loss to upset UCLA's Annica Cooper 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 to register the Huskies only victory of the afternoon.
UCLA concludes the home portion of its dual match schedule this weekend with two more matches at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The Bruins host Washington State tomorrow (Friday, April 10) at 1:30 p.m. and play their home finale Sunday, April 12 against Oregon at 10:00 a.m.
Here are today's position-by-position results:
Special note: Sunday's match time has been previously reported incorrectly - 10:00 a.m. is correct.
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