Bruins Win First-Ever Pac-10 Championship

April 18, 2008

UCLA vs. USC Photo Gallery

LOS ANGELES - The sixth-ranked UCLA women's tennis team made history on Friday afternoon at the Los Angeles Tennis Center, registering a 5-2 victory over No. 10 USC to earn the program's first-ever Pac-10 Championship. At 7-1 overall in conference play, the Bruins will be co-champions with tomorrow's Stanford-Cal winner.

UCLA (18-5) swept the doubles play Friday, clinching the point when the Bruins' second-ranked duo of Tracy Lin and Riza Zalameda took an 8-6 win over No. 5 Amanda Fink/Gabriela Niculescu at court No. 1. It marks the 18th time in 23 matches this season that UCLA has won the doubles point.

The Bruins jumped out to a 2-0 lead almost immediately after singles play began, as freshman Andrea Remynse, ranked 59th nationally, took a dominating 6-1, 6-1 victory over Sarah Fansler at court No. 3. Although USC (17-7; 5-3 Pac-10) answered back with a straight-set win of its own at court No. 4, the Bruins would go ahead 3-1 when senior Alex McGoodwin recorded a 6-3, 7-6(6) victory over Cristala Andrews at court No. 6.

Lin ended up clinching the match for the Bruins on Senior Day, as she notched a 6-4, 6-2 win over Niculescu at court No. 2. Fellow senior Elizabeth Lumpkin also picked up a win in her final regular season home match, battling back from a set down to defeat Leyla Entekhabi, 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-3 at court No. 5. Lumpkin, who fought off a match point at 5-6 in the second set tiebreaker, ended the match on an ace to give the Bruins a 5-1 advantage.

In the final match of the afternoon, Fink just edged Zalameda at court No. 1, taking a 5-7, 7-6(4), (10-8) win.

UCLA has finished second in the Pac-10 standings on six prior occasions, as Stanford had won 20 of the 21 conference championships heading into this season. If Stanford beats Cal tomorrow, the Cardinal will receive the Pac-10's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. UCLA can earn the automatic bid with a Cal victory.

With the win, UCLA earns an additional 2.5 points in the race for the Lexus Gauntlet Trophy. USC currently leads the all-sports race 47.5 - 37.5.

Next up for UCLA is the Pac-10 Championships, April 24-27 in Ojai, Calif.

Doubles

Opponents Score 8-6 8-7(3) Joelson/McGoodwin (UCLA) def. Entekhabi/Fansler (USC) 8-2
Pos.
1. (2) Lin/Zalameda (UCLA) def. (5) Fink/Niculescu (USC)
2. Lumpkin/ Stephanie Wetmore (UCLA) def. Andrews/Sanchez (USC)
3.
UCLA WinsDoubles Point -- Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2

Singles

Opponents Score 5-7, 7-6(4), (10-8) 6-4, 6-2* 6-1, 6-1 6-3, 6-4 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-3 6-3, 7-6(6)
Pos.
1. (13) Amanda Fink (USC) def. (11) Riza Zalameda (UCLA)
2. (32) Tracy Lin (UCLA) def. (90) Gabriela Niculescu (USC)
3. (59) Andrea Remynse (UCLA) def. Sarah Fansler (USC)
4. (92) Maria Sanchez (USC) def. Ashley Joelson (UCLA)
5. (88) Elizabeth Lumpkin (UCLA) def. (117) Leyla Entekhabi (USC)
6. Alex McGoodwin (UCLA) def. Cristala Andrews (USC)
* Denotes Clinching Match -- Order of Finish: 3, 4, 6, 2, 5, 1
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