Bruins Down Women of Troy, 4-2 in NCAA Round of 16

May 20, 2004

Athens, Ga. - After losing both meetings during the regular season, the ninth-seeded UCLA women's tennis team (19-7) picked a good time to register its first win over USC (18-7) this year, defeating the eighth-seeded Women of Troy, 4-2 Thursday in the NCAA Round of 16 at the University of Georgia. With the win, the Bruins advance to Friday's quarterfinals and will meet unseeded Miami at 11:00 a.m. (EST).

Doubles action started the match and UCLA was forced to rally from behind to earn the point. After dropping an 8-4 decision at the No. 1 position, the Bruins came back to register a pair of 9-7 victories on court Nos. 2 and 3 to a 1-0 advantage in the match.

UCLA's Lauren Fisher, who lost her doubles match, came out strong in singles play, as she was first to finish her match at the No. 5 position. She gave UCLA a 2-0 lead after defeating Bernadette Bayani, 6-4, 6-3. Although the Bruins owned an early lead, the Women of Troy came back to tie the match at 2-2. At the No. 2 position, Carine Vermeulen knocked off Bruin sophomore Jackie Carleton, 6-3, 6-1. Right next door on court No. 3, USC's Anca Anastasiu rallied from a set down to defeat Feriel Esseghir, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Fortunately for UCLA, that was as close as USC would get. Next to finish was court No. 1, where freshman Daniela Bercek defeated Luana Magnani, 7-6, 6-1. The match was eventually clinched at the No. 6 position, where Laura Gordon defeated USC's Melissa Esmero, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4. Gordon has been the hottest Bruin as of late, winning nine of her last 10 matches.

When play was suspended, UCLA's Sarah Gregg and USC's Dianne Matias were tied at 1-1 in the third set.

USC defeated UCLA by scores of 4-3 and 5-2 during the regular season.

Friday will mark the second meeting this season between UCLA and Miami. The Bruins defeated the Hurricanes, 4-3 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center back on Mar. 17. This marks the fourth time in the last five years that UCLA has advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals.


Opponents Score 8-4 9-7 Gordon/Gregg (UCLA) def. Bayani/DeVera (USC) 9-7
1. (6) Magnani/Vermeulen (USC) def. (23) Bercek/Fisher (UCLA)
2. (43) Carleton/Esseghir (UCLA) def. Anastasiu/Matias (USC)
UCLA WinsDoubles Point


Opponents Score 7-6, 6-1 6-3, 6-1 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 Susp. 6-4, 6-3 7-5, 3-6, 6-4*
1. (31) Daniela Bercek (UCLA) def. (15) Luana Magnani (USC)
2. (77) Carine Vermeulen (USC) def. (18) Jackie Carleton (UCLA)
3. (46) Anca Anastasiu (USC) def. Feriel Esseghir (UCLA)
4. Sarah Gregg (UCLA) vs. Dianne Matias (USC)
5. Lauren Fisher (UCLA) def. Bernadette Bayani (USC)
6. Laura Gordon (UCLA) def. Melissa Esmero (USC)
* Denotes Clinching Match -- Singles Order of Finish: 5,2,3,1,6
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