Bruins Fall to Georgia, 4-2 in NCAA Quarters
May 17, 2002
Stanford, Calif. - The seventh-seeded UCLA women's tennis team won the doubles point, but ended up dropping four singles matches Friday, falling to second-seeded Georgia, 4-2 in an NCAA Quarterfinal showdown at the Women's Tennis Championships in Stanford, Calif. With the loss, the Bruins finish the 2002 season with a 19-5 overall record. Georgia (26-1) advances and will take on the winner between Stanford and North Carolina in Saturday's semifinals.
After victories at Nos. 1 and 2 doubles Friday, the Bruins took a 1-0 lead heading into singles play. Georgia quickly answered however, as Anne Nguyen registered a 6-1, 6-1 victory over UCLA's Petya Marinova at No. 3 singles. Bruin senior Catherine Hawley then put UCLA ahead 2-1 with a 6-1, 6-1 victory of her own at the No. 6 position.
Georgia, however, battled back to take the next two matches for a 3-2 lead. In the No. 5 position, Tina Hojnik defeated Bruin sophomore Lauren Fisher, 6-3, 6-4, while at No. 1 singles Agata Cioroch registered a 7-5, 6-1 decision over UCLA's Megan Bradley.
Down 3-2, UCLA needed to win both remaining singles matches to escape with the 4-3 upset. With Sara Walker up 5-1 in the third set of her match at No. 2 singles, the match came down to court No. 4, where Georgia's Lori Grey clinched the match for the Bulldogs with a 7-6, 6-3 victory over Bruin freshman Sarah Gregg.
The Bruins were aiming for their first NCAA Semifinal appearance since 1996.