Ninth-Seeded UCLA Blanks Long Beach St., 4-0 in NCAA First Round
May 14, 2004
LOS ANGELES - The ninth-seeded UCLA women's tennis team moved into the second round of the NCAA Championships Friday, posting a 4-0 decision over Long Beach State in an NCAA First Round matchup at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. With the win, the Bruins (17-7) will face Pepperdine (15-9) in the regional final on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. The winner of that match earns a spot in next week's 16-Team NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga. Pepperdine advanced after defeating BYU, 4-2 earlier Friday.
UCLA came out strong from the start, taking a pair of doubles victories to earn a 1-0 advantage heading into singles play. The Bruins clinched the doubles point when Laura Gordon and Sarah Gregg defeated Long Beach State's Emmanuelle Tabatruong/Krystina Katayama, 9-7 at the No. 3 position.
Once singles play began, Gordon helped the Bruins take a 2-0 advantage in the match when she quickly dispatched of Katayama, 6-2, 6-0 at court No. 6. Next to finish was court No. 5, where UCLA's Lauren Fisher won a second-set tiebreaker to defeat Sandra Rocha, 6-2, 7-6(8).
The match was clinched at the No. 1 position, as Daniela Bercek defeated Long Beach State's Nicole Bouffler, 6-3, 6-4.
When play was suspended, UCLA's Jackie Carleton was up 5-0 in the third set of her match against Kelly Chan at court No. 2. Gregg was in a tiebreaker after winning the first set in her match at court No. 4, while Feriel Esseghir was battling to stay in her match after dropping the first set.
It marks the second year in a row that UCLA and Pepperdine have faced off in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins defeated the Waves, 4-1 in last year's regional final at the LATC.
|1.||(23) Bercek/Fisher (UCLA) def. Bouffler/Rocha (LBSU)|
|2.||(43) Carleton/Esseghir (UCLA) vs. Carroll/Chan (LBSU)|
|UCLA WinsDoubles Point|
|1.||(31) Daniela Bercek (UCLA) def. Nicole Bouffler (LBSU)|
|2.||(18) Jackie Carleton (UCLA) vs. Kelly Chan (LBSU)|
|3.||Feriel Esseghir (UCLA) vs. Alanah Carroll (LBSU)|
|4.||Sarah Gregg (UCLA) vs. Emmanuelle Tabatruong (LBSU)|
|5.||Lauren Fisher (UCLA) def. Sandra Rocha (LBSU)|
|6.||Laura Gordon (UCLA) def. Krystina Katayama (LBSU)|
|* Denotes Clinching Match - Singles Order of Finish: 6, 5, 1|