No. 15 UCLA Falls to No. 3 USC, 5-2 in Women's Tennis
April 21, 2006
LOS ANGELES - The 15th-ranked UCLA women's tennis team came up just short against third-ranked USC on Friday, dropping a 5-2 decision to the Women of Troy in the regular season finale for both teams at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. UCLA ends the regular season 13-6 overall and 5-3 in the Pac-10. USC improves to 17-3 overall and 7-1 in the conference. In addition, USC takes a 57.5 to 22.5 lead in the season long race for the Lexus Gauntlet Trophy.
UCLA, which lost to USC, 4-3 in a non-conference match earlier in the week, failed to win the doubles point, as the Women of Troy posted 8-3 victories on all three doubles courts.
The Bruins attempted to change the momentum once singles began, as Elizabeth Lumpkin tied the match at 1-1 following a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Carine Vermeulen at court No. 6.
The Women of Troy, however, bounced right back, winning the next two matches to take a 3-1 lead with wins at court Nos. 4 and 5.
Bruin sophomore Riza Zalameda cut the lead to 3-2 when she downed ninth-ranked Amanda Fink, 7-6(3), 6-4 at court No. 2. Zalameda had lost to Fink in three sets earlier in the week.
USC's Luana Magnani clinched the match for the Women of Troy at court No. 3, as she downed sophomore Tracy Lin, 6-3, 7-6(5).
With the dual match already decided, USC's Lindsey Nelson and UCLA's Laura Gordon played a match tiebreaker in place of a third set. Nelson, ranked 52nd nationally, eventually beat the 20th-ranked Gordon, 7-6(4), 3-6, (10-5).
Gordon, the lone senior on this year's team, was honored for her outstanding career in a short ceremony between doubles and singles.
Both teams will now turn their focus to the Pac-10 Championships, Apr. 27-30 in Ojai, Calif. NCAA Tournament selections will be announced on May 3.
|1.||Matias/Vermeulen (USC) def. (25) Gordon/Zalameda (UCLA)|
|2.||(22) Magnani/Nelson (USC) def. Lumpkin/McGoodwin (UCLA)|
|USC WinsDoubles Point|
|1.||(52) Lindsey Nelson (USC) def. (20) Laura Gordon (UCLA)|
|2.||Riza Zalameda (UCLA) def. (9) Amanda Fink (USC)|
|3.||(47) Luana Magnani (USC) def. (45) Tracy Lin (UCLA)|
|4.||(25) Dianne Matias (USC) def. (108) Alex McGoodwin (UCLA)|
|5.||Anca Anastasiu (USC) def. (106) Ashley Joelson (UCLA)|
|6.||Elizabeth Lumpkin (UCLA) def. Carine Vermeulen (USC)|
|* Denotes Clinching Match - Singles Order of Finish: 6, 4, 5, 2, 3, 1|