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Women's Tennis Blanks Arizona in Pac-12 Home Opener

Mar 11, 2022
Sasha Vagramov (right) and Kimmi Hance collaborated on a 6-0 doubles win. (Photo: Eric Hurd)

LOS ANGELES – The No. 14 UCLA women's tennis team earned its third shutout in as many Pac-12 matches Friday, defeating No. 51 Arizona by a 4-0 score at Los Angeles Tennis Center.

Vanessa Ong clinched the win for the Bruins (7-3, 3-0 Pac-12). Elysia Bolton and Kimmi Hance were also victorious in singles play. Each was also triumphant in doubles play. The Wildcats (10-5, 1-2) took two singles first sets, but both matches were left unfinished.

The combination of Hance and Sasha Vagramov turned in its fifth win of dual-match play without a loss, cruising past Midori Castillo-Meza and Belen Nevenhoven for a 6-0 result to start doubles play. Hance and Vagramov have a 7-1 record overall. The opening point was ultimately seized on Court 2, where Bolton and Ong teamed up for the first time this year to hand Kristen Prelle and Lexi Ryngler a 6-3 loss.

No. 69 Bolton was first off the singles courts, winning her third consecutive decision and fifth in six during the dual-match portion of the schedule. Her 6-1, 6-2 win doubled the UCLA lead.

Next to finish was No. 115 Hance, who picked up her sixth straight-set victory in as many matches, besting Castillo-Meza by a 6-3, 6-3 margin on Court 4 to make it 3-0.

With No. 42 Abbey Forbes nearing a win of her own, Ong closed out Iglupas on Court 6, 6-2, 6-4. Each of Ong's two dual-match singles victories this season has sealed an overall win. She has logged four clinchers in her career.

The Bruins will play the second of back-to-back home conference matches Saturday, when No. 30 Arizona State visits LATC. First serve is set for 12 p.m. PT.

Tennis Match Results
Arizona vs UCLA
3/11/2022 at Los Angeles, CA
(Los Angeles Tennis Center)

#14 UCLA 4, #51 Arizona 0

Singles competition
1. #42 Abbey Forbes (UCLA) vs. Salma Ziouti (ARIZ) 6-2, 4-4, unfinished
2. #69 Elysia Bolton (UCLA) def. Lexi Ryngler (ARIZ) 6-1, 6-2
3. Sasha Vagramov (UCLA) vs. Kayla Wilkins (ARIZ) 6-7 (7-9), 0-1, unfinished
4. #115 Kimmi Hance (UCLA) def. Midori Castillo-Meza (ARIZ) 6-3, 6-3
5. Ava Catanzarite (UCLA) vs. Parker Fry (ARIZ) 3-6, 6-3, unfinished
6. Vanessa Ong (UCLA) def. Khim Iglupas (ARIZ) 6-2, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. #23 Ava Catanzarite/Abbey Forbes (UCLA) vs. Khim Iglupas/Kayla Wilkins (ARIZ) 4-3, unfinished
2. Elysia Bolton/Vanessa Ong (UCLA) def. Kirsten Prelle/Lexi Ryngler (ARIZ) 6-3
3. Kimmi Hance/Sasha Vagramov (UCLA) def. Midori Castillo-Meza/Belen Nevenhoven (ARIZ) 6-0

Match Notes:
Arizona 10-5; National ranking #51
UCLA 7-3; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (2,4,6)