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Fall Season Concludes for Women's Tennis

Nov 9, 2021
Abbey Forbes (Photo: Derrick Tuskan)

LOS ANGELES – Seven Bruins concluded the fall portion of the UCLA women's tennis team's 2021-22 schedule, posting results at the ITA National Fall Championships and Jack Kramer Invitational tournaments.

Abbey Forbes and ITA Southwest Regionals doubles champions Vanessa Ong and Elise Wagle visited San Diego for the year-end national event, while Ava Catanzarite, Kimmi Hance, Taylor Johnson and Sasha Vagramov competed across the singles and doubles draws in Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.

The top-seeded and second-ranked Forbes delivered a 6-0, 6-0 performance against No. 114 Karine-Marion Job of Kansas State in her singles opener at Barnes Tennis Center. Forbes was felled one round later by 57th-ranked Mariia Kozyreva of Saint Mary's, however, 7-6, 4-6, 6-3.

Ong and Wagle suffered their first loss as a partnership in the doubles first round, as Daria Frayman and Grace Joyce of Princeton squeezed past the Bruins in three sets.

At the Jack Kramer Club, Catanzarite dispatched of Melissa LaMette of Cal Poly by a 6-0, 7-6(2) margin, while fellow freshman Kimmi Hance made quick work of Fresno State's Carolna Piferi with a 6-2, 6-1 decision. Each would push her second-round opponent to three sets, but Catanzarite was ultimately dropped by No. 59 Shiori Fukuda of Pepperdine and Hance was beaten by Washington's Nika Zupancic. Johnson and Vagramov lost in the first round against Vanesa Nikolovova of Loyola Marymount and Laura Bente of Cal Poly, respectively.

Hance and Vagramov dealt Lamette and Kim Bhunu of Cal Poly an 8-4 loss in the doubles first round, while Catanzarite and Johnson were edged out of the field by Bente and Emily Ackerman of the Mustangs. Hance and Vagramov continued their run with an 8-2 showing against Piferi and Pang Jittakoat, but saw their time come to an end with a narrow semifinal-round loss to Fukuda and Savannah Broadus of Pepperdine.

ITA National Fall Championships
11/4-11/7/2021 at San Diego, CA (Barnes Tennis Center)

Singles competition
32    #2 Abbey Forbes (UCLA) def. #114 Karine-Marion Job (Kansas State) 6-0, 6-0
16    #57 Mariia Kozyreva (Saint Mary's) def. #2 Abbey Forbes (UCLA) 7-6, 4-6, 6-3
Doubles competition
32    Daria Frayman/Grace Joyce (Princeton) def. Vanessa Ong/Elise Wagle (UCLA) 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-7)

Jack Kramer Invitational
11/5-11/7/2021 at Rolling Hills Estates, CA (Jack Kramer Club)

Singles competition
32    Ava Catanzarite (UCLA) def. Melissa LaMette (Cal Poly) 6-0, 7-6 (7-2)
32    Laura Bente (Cal Poly) def. Sasha Vagramov (UCLA) 6-1, 6-0
32    Kimmi Hance (UCLA) def. Carolina Piferi (Fresno State) 6-2, 6-1
32    Vanesa Nikolovova (Loyola Marymount) def. Taylor Johnson (UCLA) 6-3, 1-6, 6-2
16    #59 Shiori Fukuda (Pepperdine) def. Ava Catanzarite (UCLA) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
16    Nika Zupancic (Washington) def. Kimmi Hance (UCLA) 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
16    Kimmi Hance/Sasha Vagramov (UCLA) def. Kim Bhunu/Melissa LaMette (Cal Poly) 8-4
16    Emily Ackerman/Laura Bente (Cal Poly) def. Ava Catanzarite/Taylor Johnson (UCLA) 8-6
QF    Kimmi Hance/Sasha Vagramov (UCLA) def. Pang Jittakoat/Carolina Piferi (Fresno State) 8-2
SF    Savannah Broadus/Shiori Fukuda (Pepperdine) def. Kimmi Hance/Sasha Vagramov (UCLA) 8-5