No. 2 Women's Tennis Heads to Northern California
Feb. 20, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The No. 2 UCLA women's tennis team (6-1) heads to Northern California this week to take on No. 7 Cal (3-2) on Friday at 1:30 p.m. and No. 30 Saint Mary's (5-3) on Saturday at Noon. A live video stream will be available for Friday's match in Berkeley. Fans can access the video stream by clicking HERE.
This week's matches mark UCLA's first compeitions since reaching the final of the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors on Feb. 11 in Charlottesville, Va. The top-seeded Bruins, who won the event in 2012, posted wins over Vanderbilt (4-1), Miami (4-2) and Georgia (4-1) en route to the final. UCLA ultimately squared off against sixth-seeded North Carolina in the championship match, dropping a close 4-3 decision. The Bruins won the doubles point against the Tar Heels, however were only able to get singles wins from Kyle McPhillips and Chanelle Van Nguyen.
Following the event, UCLA had one singles player and two doubles teams represented on the National Team Indoor All-Tournament Team. After posting three wins at the tournament, McPhillips earned all-tournament honors at No. 2 singles. She notched wins over No. 102 Courtney Colton of Vanderbilt, No. 57 Lina Lileikite of Miami and No. 28 Zoe De Bruycker of North Carolina. McPhillips was also leading 18th-ranked Maho Kowase of Georgia in the third set when that match was suspended after UCLA clinched the win. McPhillips and partner Catherine Harrison were also named to the all-tournament team at No. 3 doubles, as the duo posted wins in the semifinals and final. Courtney Dolehide and Pamela Montez were named to the all-tournament team at No. 2 doubles. Dolehide and Montez also went 2-0 at the Indoors, downing 22nd-ranked Lilly Kimbell and Kowase of Georgia, 8-5 in the semifinals.
New team rankings were released on Tuesday and UCLA moved up from No. 3 to No. 2. The Bruins jumped ahead of previously No. 2 Florida, which suffered a 4-0 loss to No. 4 Duke on Sunday. North Carolina is the current No. 1, however they figure to drop out of that spot after losing to Florida, 4-2 on Monday. Click HERE to access the complete Feb. 19 team rankings.
Sophomore Robin Anderson leads a group of six Bruin players who were ranked in the latest ITA individual rankings released on Feb. 12, as she checks in at No. 6 nationally in singles. She is followed by No. 42 Kyle McPhillips, No. 56 Pamela Montez, No. 65 Kaitlin Ray, No. 76 Catherine Harrison and No. 78 Chanelle Van Nguyen. UCLA's four doubles teams that are ranked are:
Anderson/Skylar Morton (No. 14)
Following this week's action, UCLA is at Pepperdine on Feb. 28 (1:30 p.m.) and does not return to the Los Angeles Tennis Center until March 8 when it is scheduled to host USC (1:30 p.m.).
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