No. 9 UCLA Women's Tennis Falls to Fifth-Ranked Stanford, 4-3
April 5, 2008
STANFORD, Calif.- Hilary Barte's 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Riza Zalameda at the No. 1 spot proved to be the difference as No. 5 Stanford defeated No. 9 UCLA, 4-3 on Saturday afternoon at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
One day after posting a 5-2 win over No. 8 USC, Stanford completed a home sweep of the Southern California schools and avenged a 4-3 loss to UCLA back on Feb. 29 in a non-counting Pac-10 match. Saturday's contest counts in the books though, and Stanford improved to 15-4 overall and 5-1 in league play. UCLA falls to 15-5 overall and 4-1 in Pac-10 competition.
With Friday's victory, the Cardinal stretched its regular season home dual match win streak to 103. Throw in a 26-0 record in NCAA Tournament matches played at Taube Family Tennis Stadium and the Cardinal has not been defeated in the last 129 contests played on its home court. Stanford's last home loss occurred on Feb. 27, 1999, when No. 4 California pulled a 5-4 upset.
Barte made sure that streak would remain in tact, providing the clincher and leading a strong singles charge after UCLA had captured the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead.
Having won the last two meetings and sporting an undefeated conference record, UCLA entered today's match with the momentum. The Bruins kept it going with victories at the Nos. 1 and 2 positions to claim the doubles point. On the flipside, Stanford dropped the doubles point for just the fourth time this year.
Lindsay Burdette, who iced yesterday's win over USC, cruised past Ashley Joelson 6-4, 6-3 at the No. 4 spot to even the match at 1-1. Jessica Nguyen, who dropped the deciding match to Tracy Lin in this year's earlier meeting in Los Angeles, returned the favor with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Lin on court two for a 2-1 Cardinal lead.
At No. 3 singles, Celia Durkin was blanked 6-0 in the first set of her match against Andrea Remynse but rallied to win 6-3, 6-2 over the next two sets for a 3-1 Stanford advantage.
On court six, Alex McGoodwin hung on for a 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 triumph over Jennifer Yen to help UCLA close the gap to 3-2.
That left two matches remaining, pitting freshmen Barte and Carolyn McVeigh against UCLA seniors Zalameda and Elizabeth Lumpkin at Nos. 1 and 5, respectively.
Barte and McVeigh had both won the first set in their matches, only to see the Bruins answer back in the second.
Ultimately it was Barte who secured the win, defeating Zalameda for the second time this year and improving to 13-0 at the No. 1 spot. Lumpkin held on to defeat McVeigh in a 10-point tiebreaker in place of a third set.
UCLA returns home next week, hosting Arizona on Friday and Arizona State on Saturday.
1. (9) Lin/Zalameda (UCLA) def. (17) Barte/Burdette (STAN) 8-3
2. (59) Lumpkin/Wetmore(UCLA) def. Deason/Nguyen (STAN) 8-4
3. Durkin/McVeigh (STAN) def. Joelson/McGoodwin (UCLA) 9-7
UCLA Wins Doubles Point -- Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3
1. (7) Hilary Barte (STAN) def. (11) Riza Zalameda (UCLA) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
2. (19) Jessica Nguyen (STAN) def. (43) Tracy Lin (UCLA) 6-2, 6-4
3. Celia Durkin (STAN) def. (52) Andrea Remynse (UCLA) 0-6, 6-3, 6-2
4. (93) Lindsay Burdette (STAN) def. Ashley Joelson (UCLA) 6-4, 6-3
5. (92) Elizabeth Lumpkin (UCLA) def. (68) Carolyn McVeigh (STAN) 7-6, 6-7, (10-7)
6. Alex McGoodwin (UCLA) def. (125) Jennifer Yen (STAN) 6-3, 2-6, 6-1
Order of Finish: 4, 2, 3, 6, 1, 5