No. 1 Stanford Downs Sixth-Ranked Bruins, 5-2

April 16, 2004

LOS ANGELES - In a match much closer than the final score indicated, sixth-ranked UCLA fell to top-ranked and undefeated Stanford, 5-2 Friday in a Pac-10 women's tennis match at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. With the loss, the Bruins fall to 15-7 overall and 5-2 in Pac-10 play. The Cardinal improve to 22-0 (7-0 Pac-10) and will take on USC tomorrow for the conference championship.

Doubles action started the day with both teams vying for a 1-0 lead heading into singles play. Stanford was able to take a slight lead in the action when top-ranked Lauren Barnikow/Erin Burdette battled back from a 4-0 deficit to defeat UCLA's Daniela Bercek / Lauren Fisher, 8-5 at the No. 1 position. The Bruins, however, battled back to even it at one match apiece when Jackie Carleton and Feriel Esseghir defeated Stanford's Alice Barnes/Amber Liu, 8-3 at the No. 2 position. The point would be decided at court No. 3, where UCLA's Laura Gordon and Sarah Gregg posted an 8-4 victory over Emilia Anderson/Anne Yelsey.

Already up 1-0, UCLA would enjoy a 2-0 advantage in the match shortly after singles play began, as Gordon cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Anderson at the No. 6 position.

It was at this point that Stanford began to make its run, posting a trio of straight-set decisions. Next to finish was court No. 5, where Cardinal freshman Theresa Logar posted a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Fisher. At the No. 2 position, Barnes defeated Carleton, 6-4, 6-2, while over on court No. 3, Burdette knocked off Esseghir, 6-3, 7-6(4).

Although Stanford owned a 3-2 advantage, both remaining matches were extremely tight. Over at court No. 4, Gregg and Barnikow had split and were tied at 3-3 in the third set. Back on court No. 1, Bercek was up a break and serving to send her match into a third. It would become irrelevant however, as Barnikow clinched the dual by defeating Gregg, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3. In the day's final showdown, Liu defeated Bercek, 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-3.

UCLA returns to action tomorrow, hosting No. 10 Cal at the LATC beginning at Noon.

Doubles

Opponents Score 8-5 8-3 Gordon/Gregg (UCLA) def. Anderson/Anne Yelsey (Stan) 8-4
Pos.
1. (1) Barnikow/Burdette (Stan) def. Bercek/Fisher (UCLA)
2. (26) Carleton/Esseghir (UCLA) def. (50) Barnes/Liu (Stan)
3.
UCLA WinsDoubles Point

Singles

Opponents Score 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-3 6-4, 6-2 6-3, 7-6(4) 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 6-4, 6-1 6-1, 6-0
Pos.
1. (10) Amber Liu (Stan) def. (52) Daniela Bercek (UCLA)
2. (13) Alice Barnes (Stan) def. (16) Jackie Carleton (UCLA)
3. (22) Erin Burdette (Stan) def. Feriel Esseghir (UCLA)
4. (43) Lauren Barnikow (Stan) def. Sarah Gregg (UCLA)
5. (35) Theresa Logar (Stan) def. Lauren Fisher (UCLA)
6. Laura Gordon (UCLA) def. (75) Emilia Anderson (Stan)
Singles Order of Finish: 6, 5, 3, 2, 4, 1
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