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No. 5 Women's Tennis Opens Up ITA Kick Off Weekend With a Win

Jan 24, 2014

LOS ANGELES - The fifth-ranked UCLA women's tennis team won its opening match of ITA Kick Off Weekend at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on Friday afternoon and has earned a right to play in Saturday's championship match at 3:00 p.m.

The Bruins (2-0) looked impressive against San Diego in Friday's opening round, taking a 4-0 victory over the Toreros.

UCLA was paced on the day by the No. 1-ranked player in the nation in both singles and doubles Robin Anderson. Anderson teamed with freshman Jennifer Brady at court No. 1, taking a 6-1 victory over USD's Shani Blecher and Colomba Di Filippo. Anderson then notched a perfect performance against Blecher in singles, winning 6-0, 6-0.

Other singles winners for UCLA on the day were sophomores Catherine Harrison and Kyle McPhillips. Harrison was a 6-1, 6-0 winner over Mikayla Morkel-Brink at court No. 4, while McPhillips, ranked No. 36 nationally, downed Di Filippo, 6-0, 6-2 at court No. 4 to clinch the victory for UCLA.

The Bruins will take on TCU, a 4-0 winner over UC Irvine earlier in the day, on Saturday at 3:00 p.m., with the winner of that match earning a spot in the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships next month in Charlottesville, Va. San Diego (0-1) rounds out ITA Kick Off Weekend with a consolation match against UC Irvine on Saturday at 6:00 p.m.

#5 UCLA 4, San Diego 0
Jan 24, 2014 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)

1. #1 Anderson/Brady (UCLA) def. Blecher/Di Filippo (USD) 6-1
2. Harrison/McPhillips (UCLA) def. Morkel-Brink/Stojanovic (USD) 6-1
3. Courtney Dolehide/Van Nguyen (UCLA) vs. Depenau/Haciraifoglu (USD) 5-4, unfinished

UCLA Wins Doubles Point

1. #1 Robin Anderson (UCLA) def. Shani Blecher (USD) 6-0, 6-0
2. #9 Chanelle Van Nguyen (UCLA) vs. Marta Stojanovic (USD) 6-0, 3-1, unfinished
3. #24 Jennifer Brady (UCLA) vs. Anna Depenau (USD) 6-3, 2-1, unfinished
4. #36 Kyle McPhillips (UCLA) def. Colomba Di Filippo (USD) 6-0, 6-2
5. Catherine Harrison (UCLA) def. Mikayla Morkel-Brink (USD) 6-1, 6-0
6. Kaitlin Ray (UCLA) vs. Idil Haciraifoglu (USD) 6-1, 3-0, unfinished
Match Notes
San Diego 0-1
UCLA 2-0; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,5,4)
UCLA will meet TCU in Saturday's Championship match at 3:00 p.m.
San Diego faces UC Irvine in a consolation match at 6:00 p.m.