No. 11 UCLA Hands No. 6 Stanford First Three-Loss Season Since 1995
Feb. 29, 2008
LOS ANGELES- Tracy Lin's 6-4, 6-3 victory over Jessica Nguyen at the No. 2 singles spot propelled No. 11 UCLA to a 4-3 upset over No. 6 Stanford on Friday afternoon in Los Angeles.
The Cardinal was coming off convincing back-to-back victories against Washington and Washington State. However, this week's Southern California road swing against UCLA and USC- tied at No. 11 in the national rankings- promised to be much more challenging.
Stanford now sits at 6-3 overall while UCLA improves to 9-3. The three losses at this point of the year are extremely rare, as the Cardinal had not lost more than two matches in a season since a 23-3 finish back in 1995.
Last year's series against the Bruins proved that Friday's match was indeed going to be difficult. Stanford hung on for a hard-fought 4-3 road win last year in the regular season before UCLA pulled a 4-2 upset in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament to end Stanford's three-year championship run.
Friday's contest was a non-counting Pac-10 match in the standings, as the two squads will hook up again later this year at Taube Tennis Stadium.
The doubles point was extremely competitive, taking nearly two hours to complete before UCLA managed to win two of three matches to take the point. Tracy Lin and Riza Zalameda posted an 8-4 victory at the No. 1 position over freshman Hilary Barte and sophomore Lindsay Burdette. After Stanford answered back with a 9-8(6) win at court No. 3, the point was clinched at the No. 2 spot where Elizabeth Lumpkin and Stephanie Wetmore upset senior Whitney Deason and Nguyen 9-7 after the Cardinal duo led 7-3.
The Bruins tacked on two more singles victories to claim a 3-0 lead, winning on courts 3 and 5 in straight-sets.
Stanford picked up its first point at the No. 1 position when Barte notched an impressive 7-5, 6-1 upset victory over UCLA's Zalameda, ranked No. 10 in the nation.
At this point, the Cardinal began to rally before Lin clinched the dual match victory for the Bruins with a 6-4, 6-3 triumph at court No. 2.
With the match already decided, Stanford claimed wins at court Nos. 4 and 6. Senior Celia Durkin added a 4-6, 7-5 win at the No. 4 spot when UCLA's Ashley Joelson retired due to injury. Freshman Carolyn McVeigh hung on for a 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 win at No. 6 over Anna-Viktoria Lind.
Stanford completes its five-match road swing tomorrow at USC. The contest is slated for 12 p.m.
No. 11 UCLA 4, No. 6 Stanford 3
1) No. 30 Lin/Zalameda (UCLA) d. Barte/Burdette (STAN) 8-4
2) No. 49 Lumpkin/Stephanie Wetmore (UCLA) d. No. 27 Deason/Nguyen (STAN) 9-7
3) Durkin/McVeigh (STAN) d. Joelson/Remynse (UCLA) 9-8(6)
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2
1) No. 49 Hilary Barte (STAN) d. No. 10 Riza Zalameda (UCLA) 7-5, 6-1
2) Tracy Lin (UCLA) d. No. 9 Jessica Nguyen (STAN) 6-4, 6-3
3) No. 27 Andrea Remynse (UCLA) d. Lindsay Burdette (STAN) 6-2, 6-2
4) No. 54 Celia Durkin (STAN) d. Ashley Joelson (UCLA) 4-6, 7-5 Ret. Inj.
5) Elizabeth Lumpkin (UCLA) d. No. 45 Whitney Deason (STAN) 6-4, 6-1
6) No. 31 Carolyn McVeigh (STAN) d. Anna-Viktoria Lind (UCLA) 6-2, 1-6, 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 5, 1, 2, 4, 6