Feb. 28, 2010
LOS ANGELES - The No. 3-ranked California women's tennis team (8-2) dropped just its second match of the season as No. 4 UCLA (11-1) took a 4-3 win on Sunday (Feb. 28) at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. As the first of two regular-season dual matches, the result will not affect Pac-10 standings. The Golden Bears met the Bruins in the ITA National Team Indoor Championship quarterfinal on Feb. 13, and handed UCLA its only loss of the season, 4-3, to advance to the semifinal.
For the 10th match this season, Cal secured the doubles point. UCLA took the upper hand initially as its 11th-ranked team of Andrea Remynse and Yasmin Schnack handed Cal's No. 13-ranked team of junior Mari Andersson and sophomore Jana Juricova its first dual loss, 8-5, at the top court. The Bears' freshman tandem of Tayler Davis and Annie Goransson evened things up as they took out Pamela Montez and Carling Seguso, 8-6, at the third court. Cal scored the first point of the match when No. 54-ranked junior Marina Cossou and senior Kasia Siwosz took a 9-7 win over Noelle Hickey and Nina Pantic at the second doubles court.
UCLA leveled things up at one-all as No. 125-ranked Stephanie Hoffpauir came away with a 6-2, 6-0 win against Goransson on the sixth singles court. But Cal went in front, 2-1, when No. 2 Juricova claimed her team-high 24th singles win in a 6-1, 6-2 victory over No. 5 Schnack at the top court. The Bears extended their lead to 3-1 as No. 20 Cossou dismissed No. 48 Hickey, 6-3, 6-3, on court two.
Facing a two-point deficit, the Bruins made a push to get back in the match as Montez earned a 6-3, 7-5 win against Davis on court four. UCLA got its third point to send the match into a deadlock as Maya Johansson bounced back to win, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, over freshman Nelly Radeva at court five. Just as the Bruins knotted up the match, No. 75 Andersson and No. 45 Remynse opened up their third set after splitting 6-4 sets. Andersson won hers first but Remynse responded to force a third set. Remynse went ahead 5-3 in the third but Andersson had one more push to come within one game before Remynse closed the books with a 6-4 win in the final set.
The Bears will return home to host No. 65 San Diego State (4-4) of the Mountain West Conference in a 1:30 p.m. PT match on Friday, March 5. Then, on Saturday, March 6, Cal welcomes rival No. 11 Stanford (7-1) to the Hellman Tennis Complex for the first of two matches this season. The Bears and the Cardinal will square off at noon. Live streaming video will be available for each match via links at the CalBears.com women's tennis page.
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