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Three-Set Wins Push UCLA Past Arizona State, 4-3

Apr 2, 2021
Jada Hart (Photo: Suzi Mellano)

TEMPE, Ariz. – Behind three-set wins by Annette Goulak and Jada Hart, the No. 4/10 UCLA women's tennis team outlasted No. 34 Arizona State, 4-3, Friday afternoon at Whiteman Tennis Complex.

The Bruins (12-3, 6-0 Pac-12) were forced to rally from a 3-2 deficit after dropping three singles matches in a row on Courts 3, 4 and 5. Goulak and Hart each bounced back from a lost second set to turn the tide back in favor of UCLA. The Sun Devils (10-6, 3-3) got singles victories from Marianna Argyokastriti, Lauryn John-Baptiste and Domenika Turkovic.

The Bruins needed to come from behind to take the day's initial point, too, as Turkovic and Tereza Kolarova handed Elysia Bolton and Sasha Vagramov a 6-2 loss on Court 3. No. 79 Forbes and Hart pulled UCLA even, however, logging a 6-3 defeat of Ilze Hattingh and Lauryn John-Baptiste for their fifth win in as many decisions. That put the pressure on Court 2, where Goulak and Vivian Wolff were able to close out Argyokastriti and Sammi Hampton, 6-4, to clinch.

The teams split singles first sets, giving the Bruins a slight advantage with the doubles point already in tow.

No. 11 Forbes won her ninth singles match in a row, improving her record to 12-1 with a 6-3, 6-2 result against No. 119 Ilze Hattingh on the top court. The win also marked Forbes' 10th in 11 tries versus nationally-ranked opponents.

Things quickly turned in favor of ASU, starting on Court 5. Turkovic posted a 6-3, 6-2 performance of her own against Abi Altick to ensure the Sun Devils would not go quietly. Argyrokastriti followed shortly thereafter on Court 4, holding off Wolff for a 6-4, 7-5 victory to tie the score. Continuing up the courts, John-Baptiste gave ASU its first lead of the day with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Vagramov on Court 3.

Goulak closed out Cali Jankowski, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 on Court 6, to even the overall score. Goulak's singles record improved to 10-2 in the process, becoming the first Bruin to reach double digits in singles and doubles victories.

That left it up to No. 121 Hart, who ultimately prevailed by a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 score in her back-and-forth affair with Hampton. Hart has now won three matches in a row since dropping an all-or-nothing result at Pepperdine on March 12. The win also moved her into a tie for 12th place, with Chanelle Van Nguyen, on UCLA's all-time wins list (since 1991), with 90.

The Bruins will complete their road trip Saturday, when they visit LaNelle Robson Tennis Center for a date with Arizona. First serve is scheduled for 11 a.m., PT.

Tennis Match Results
UCLA vs Arizona State
4/2/2021 at Tempe, AZ
(Whiteman Tennis Center)

#10 UCLA 4, #34 Arizona State 3

Singles competition
1. #11 Abbey Forbes (UCLA) def. #119 Ilze Hattingh (ASU) 6-3, 6-2
2. #121 Jada Hart (UCLA) def. Sammi Hampton (ASU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
3. Lauryn John-Baptiste (ASU) def. Sasha Vagramov (UCLA) 6-4, 6-4
4. M. Argyrokastriti (ASU) def. Vivian Wolff (UCLA) 6-4, 7-5
5. Domenika Turkovic (ASU) def. Abi Altick (UCLA) 6-3, 6-2
6. Annette Goulak (UCLA) def. Cali Jankowski (ASU) 7-5, 2-6, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. #79 Abbey Forbes/Jada Hart (UCLA) def. Ilze Hattingh/Lauryn John-Baptiste (ASU) 6-3
2. Annette Goulak/Vivian Wolff (UCLA) def. M. Argyrokastriti/Sammi Hampton (ASU) 6-4
3. Tereza Kolarova/Domenika Turkovic (ASU) def. Elysia Bolton/Sasha Vagramov (UCLA) 6-2

Match Notes:
UCLA 12-3; National ranking #10
Arizona State 10-6; National ranking #34
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,5,3,4,6,2)