Women's Tennis Upsets No. 8-Ranked UCLA

March 7, 2002

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Despite dropping the doubles point, the No. 15-ranked USC women's tennis team upset No. 8 UCLA, 4-3, by winning four of six singles matches Thursday in the Pac-10 opener for both teams at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. With the loss, UCLA falls to 8-2 overall and 0-1 in the Pac-10. The Women of Troy improve to 8-4 and 1-0 in conference play.

Down 0-1 following doubles play, USC quickly tied the match at one apiece after Tiffany Brymer defeated UCLA's Lauren Fisher, 6-3, 6-1 at No. 5 singles. The Bruins answered back, as Megan Bradley registered a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Jewel Peterson at No. 1. Shortly thereafter, USC tied the match again as Maureen Diaz defeated UCLA's Petya Marinova 6-4, 6-1 at the No. 3 position.

With the match tied at 2-2, all three remaining singles matches then went into a third set. The Bruins took a 3-2 lead after Catherine Hawley, who was down 1-4 in the third set, came back to defeat USC's Melissa Esmero 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 at No. 6 singles. Just a few minutes later, USC's Luana Magnani knocked off Sara Walker 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 to tie the score at 3-3.

The Women of Troy's Anita Loyola then clinched the victory for USC at court 4, defeating UCLA's Sarah Gregg, 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(8).

With the victory, USC avenges its 5-2 loss to UCLA back on Feb. 1 at USC.

The Trojans return home tomorrow as they face Oregon at 1:30 p.m. at Marks Tennis Stadium.

#15 USC 4, #8 UCLA 3

Doubles
(1) #12 Brymer/Peterson (USC) def. #4 Marinova/Walker (UCLA) - 8-2
(2) #5 Bradley/Fisher (UCLA) def. #23 Loyola/Magnani (USC) - 8-4
(3) Gregg/Hawley (UCLA) def. Bayani/Esmero (USC) - 8-5
UCLA Wins Doubles Point

Singles
(1) #5 Megan Bradley (UCLA) def. #8 Jewel Peterson (USC) - 6-2, 6-3
(2) #46 Luana Magnani (USC) def. #4 Sara Walker (UCLA) - 6-4, 4-6, 7-5
(3) #108 Maureen Diaz (USC) def. #90 Petya Marinova (UCLA) - 6-4, 6-1
(4) Anita Loyola (USC) def. Sarah Gregg (UCLA) - 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(8)*
(5) Tiffany Brymer (USC) def. Lauren Fisher (UCLA) - 6-3, 6-1
(6) Catherine Hawley (UCLA) def. Melissa Esmero (USC) - 6-1, 4-6, 7-5

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