Women's Tennis Posts 7-0 Shutout of Stanford
LOS ANGELES – The No. 9/7 UCLA women's tennis team rolled to a 7-0 defeat of No. 38/26 Stanford Friday afternoon at Los Angeles Tennis Center. Dating back to 1986, UCLA had never posted a shutout of Stanford in which all matches were completed.
The Bruins (14-3, 8-0 in Pac-12 play) posted a pair of decisive doubles wins and never looked back, taking five first sets and a pair of three-set decisions. Vivian Wolff clinched the victory for a team-high third time this season. The Cardinal dropped to 10-3, 6-2 in Pac-12 play, with the loss.
Playing together for just the second time – and first since an unfinished match on March 27, 2019 – Elysia Bolton and Taylor Johnson turned in a 6-2 result against Sara Choy and Emma Higuchi on Court 3 to give UCLA the advantage. Then, on Court 1, No. 79 Abbey Forbes and Jada Hart returned to the win column with a 6-2 showing against Michaela Gordon and Niluka Madurawe. Forbes and Hart improved to 6-1, giving the Bruins the doubles point.
Annette Goulak ran her winning streak to seven matches and doubled the UCLA lead with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Higuchi on Court 6. Goulak is now 11-2, including a 5-1 mark on Court 6, on the year.
The only Bruin with a longer winning streak than Goulak is No. 11 Forbes, whose 6-2, 6-4 top-court triumph over No. 48 Michaela Gordon represents 11 in a row and improved her record against nationally-ranked opponents to 12-1. She is 14-1 overall.
Over the last five matches, Wolff has provided the deciding point on three occasions. The latest came with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Janice Shin on Court 4.
The remaining matches were finished, with No. 121 Hart the next off on Court 2. Her 6-4, 6-2 decision against Angelica Blake gave her five wins in a row. She is 6-0 in Pac-12 contests, second to Forbes' 7-0 mark.
Sasha Vagramov was the lone UCLA player to drop a first set, but she controlled the rest of the match. Her 2-6, 6-4, 1-0(9) victory on Court 5 made it 6-0.
That left it up to No. 113 Bolton to complete the sweep. Playing in her first singles match since Feb. 26, she did just that, outlasting Emily Arbuthnott for a 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 result on Court 3.
The Bruins return to action Saturday, when No. 27/22 California visits LATC. First serve is set for 12 p.m., PT.
Tennis Match Results
Stanford vs UCLA
4/9/2021 at Los Angeles, CA
(Los Angeles Tennis Center)
#9 UCLA 7, #38 Stanford 0
1. #11 Abbey Forbes (UCLA) def. #48 Michaela Gordon (STAN) 6-2, 6-4
2. #121 Jada Hart (UCLA) def. Angelica Blake (STAN) 6-4, 6-2
3. #113 Elysia Bolton (UCLA) def. Emily Arbuthnott (STAN) 6-1, 3-6, 7-5
4. Vivian Wolff (UCLA) def. Janice Shin (STAN) 6-2, 6-0
5. Sasha Vagramov (UCLA) def. Sara Choy (STAN) 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (11-9)
6. Annette Goulak (UCLA) def. Emma Higuchi (STAN) 6-2, 6-1
1. #79 Abbey Forbes/Jada Hart (UCLA) def. Michaela Gordon/Niluka Madurawe (STAN) 6-2
2. Annette Goulak/Vivian Wolff (UCLA) vs. Emily Arbuthnott/Angelica Blake (STAN) 4-4, unfinished
3. Elysia Bolton/Taylor Johnson (UCLA) def. Sara Choy/Emma Higuchi (STAN) 6-2
Stanford 10-3; National ranking #38
UCLA 14-3; National ranking #9
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,1,4,2,5,3)