No. 10 Bruins Fall to No. 13 Women of Troy, 4-3
March 9, 2005
LOS ANGELES - The No. 10-ranked UCLA women's tennis team lost its first conference match of the season Wednesday, dropping a close 4-3 decision to No. 13 USC in a Pac-10 showdown at the Marks Tennis Stadium. With the loss, the Bruins fall to 6-4 overall and 0-1 in the conference, while USC improves to 7-1 and 1-0 in the Pac-10.
USC freshman Lindsey Nelson, ranked 16th nationally, remained perfect at 8-0 this season in singles and doubles play, with a 6-2, 6-3 singles victory over UCLA's Riza Zalameda and an 8-4 doubles victory alongside Anca Anastasiu over Laura Gordon and Elizabeth Lumpkin.
The Women of Troy started doubles play by earning the point from positions two and three. UCLA's third-ranked doubles combo of Daniela Bercek and Zalameda took the first doubles match, 8-1, over USC's Nicole Leimbach and Carine Vermeulen at court No. 1. The Trojans responded though taking the next two. Besides Nelson and Anastasiu's win at court No. 2, the Women of Troy's Diane Matias and Judy DeVera clinched the doubles point, 8-4, over Sarah Gregg and Tracy Lin.
In singles, the Trojans won the first three matches to secure the win. The Trojans' Vermeulen pushed her record to 7-1 with a victory over Lin, 6-2, 6-2, at court No. 5. USC's Anca Anastasiu followed suit also running her record to 7-1 with a victory over Gregg, 6-2, 6-2, at court No. 3. Nelson then clinched the match for the Trojans at court No. 2 over the 19th-ranked Zalameda. UCLA kept it close taking the next two matches and a default at court No. 6 to close out the day.
UCLA next heads north to face Washington on Friday, March 11, at 1:30 p.m. and Washington State on Saturday, March 12 at Noon.