No. 10 Bruins Knock Off No. 4 Women of Troy, 5-2
April 16, 2005
LOS ANGELES - The No. 10-ranked UCLA women's tennis team closed out the 2005 regular season in impressive fashion Saturday, upsetting fourth-ranked USC, 5-2 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The Bruins end the regular season 15-5 overall and 6-2 in the Pac-10. The Women of Troy finish up 16-3 and 7-1 in conference action. Saturday's match did not count in the Pac-10 standings, however the Bruins were able to earn 2.5 points in the race for the Lexus Gauntlet Trophy. UCLA now leads the all-sport race 50-40.
The Bruins, which lost to USC by a 4-3 score earlier in the season, came out strong from the start in doubles play. After an 8-1 USC victory at court No. 2 followed by an 8-4 UCLA win at court No. 3, all eyes turned to the No. 1 position, where a pair of nationally ranked teams battled it out for the one point awarded for doubles play. Staying true to the rankings, UCLA's second-ranked duo of Daniela Bercek and Riza Zalameda came out on top over 27th-ranked Lindsey Nelson and Carine Vermeulen, 9-7.
The Bruins quickly added to their 1-0 advantage once singles play began, taking the next two matches in straight sets. First to finish was court No. 5, where 98th-ranked Laura Gordon was a 6-2, 6-3 winner over Vermeulen. UCLA's Alex McGoodwin then put the Bruins ahead 3-0 in the match when she knocked off 108th-ranked Anca Anastasiu, 6-3, 6-1 at court No. 3.
Bercek, ranked 25th nationally, clinched the match for the Bruins moments later when she defeated 10th-ranked Nicole Leimbach, 6-2, 6-3 at court No. 1. Bercek has now defeated three top-10 opponents in the last nine days, as she also posted wins over No. 4 Suzi Babos (Cal) and No. 9 Amber Liu (Stanford) last week.
Although the Bruins had already clinched the match, three courts were still in action. USC got on the board when Dianne Matias defeated Bruin freshman Tracy Lin, 6-4, 6-1 at court No. 4. Freshman Elizabeth Lumpkin, inserted into the lineup after doubles play due to an injury to Sarah Gregg, registered the Bruins' fifth point of the day, taking a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Judy DeVera.
The Women of Troy managed one other point on the afternoon, when Nelson, ranked 13th, defeated 23rd-ranked Zalameda, 6-1, 4-6, (11-9) at court No. 2.
UCLA heads to Ojai, Calif. for the Pac-10 Championships, April 21-24.