Huskies' Season Ended By Bruins In NCAA Second Round
May 14, 2005
LOS ANGELES - The 10th-seeded UCLA Bruins were simply too much today for the Washington women's tennis team, as they were ousted from the NCAA Championships, 4-0, in the second round dual match. The final score does not indicate the fight that the Huskies put up today at the Los Angeles Tennis Center, as they led two of the suspended matches. Nevertheless, the season comes to a close for Washington, who bowed out of the tournament with a 15-9 record on the year.
Doubles play put Washington in an early hole as it did for much of the season. UCLA posted 8-2 wins at both second and third doubles to take the 1-0 lead into singles play. Washington struggled to an 8-14 record in the doubles point, pressuring a young team into needing four out of six singles matches, and that was too much to ask for today against the powerful Bruins who boast five players in the ITA singles rankings.
UCLA's Daniela Bercek won the showdown at the top singles spot, taking care of senior Dea Sumantri, 6-1, 6-3. Sumantri, who is second all-time in singles wins for Washington, played the final dual match of her stellar career, but she is not yet finished. Sumantri will be competing in the upcoming NCAA Singles Championships in Athens, Ga., May 24-28.
Junior Stephanie Svanfeldt fought hard at sixth singles against 96th-ranked Laura Gordon, but eventually fell 7-5, 6-4. Bruin Riza Zalameda, ranked 26th, then put the cap on the win with a 6-3, 6-4 win over junior Dinka Hadzic at No. 2 singles. When play was suspended, sophomore Saskia Nauenberg was up a set on No. 102 Alex McGoodwin at third singles, while freshman Tara Simpson had taken the first set as well at No. 4 singles over UCLA's Sarah Gregg. Freshman Allison Rainey was also in the midst of a battle with No. 111 Tracy Lin at fifth singles, as the pair were even at 5-5 in the second set after Lin had taken the first.
This will be the first time Washington has failed to reach at least the NCAA Round of 16 since 2002. Last year, Washington was mere points away from the Final Four, losing in the quarterfinals to Clemson, 4-3.
NCAA Women's Tennis Championships - Second Round
Washington Women's Tennis vs. UCLA
5-14-05 - Los Angeles Tennis Center - Los Angeles Calif.
No. 12 UCLA 4, No. 25 Washington 0
Doubles (UCLA wins point)
1) (60) Sumantri/Hadzic (UW) vs. (4) Bercek/Zalameda (UCLA), DNF
2) Gordon/McGoodwin (UCLA) def. Ahn/Nauenberg (UW), 8-2
3) Gregg/Lin (UCLA) def. Kolbovic/Simpson (UW), 8-2
1) (11) Daniela Bercek (UCLA) def. (18) Dea Sumantri (UW), 6-1, 6-3
2) (26) Riza Zalameda (UCLA) def. (93) Dinka Hadzic (UW), 6-3, 6-4*
3) Saskia Nauenberg (UW) vs. (102) Alex McGoodwin (UCLA), DNF
4) Tara Simpson (UW) vs. Sarah Gregg (UCLA), DNF
5) Allison Rainey (UW) vs. (111) Tracy Lin (UCLA), DNF
6) (96) Laura Gordon (UCLA) def. Stephanie Svanfeldt (UW), 7-5, 6-4
Order of Finish: 1, 6, 2