Women's Tennis Advances to NCAA Round of 16
LOS ANGELES - The top-seeded UCLA women's tennis team earned a place in the final 16 of the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships on Saturday, downing Long Beach State, 4-0 in an NCAA Second Round match at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The Bruins (23-2) now head to Athens, Ga. and will face Rice on Thursday at 9:00 a.m. (EST) at the University of Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
Freshman Robin Anderson won her team-leading 32nd match of the season in Saturday's win, taking down 102nd-ranked Anais Dallara, 6-1, 6-2 at court No. 1. Anderson, who is ranked No. 4 nationally, is now 32-8 on the season. She also improved her record against ranked opponents to 19-7.
Both 73rd-ranked Pamela Montez and 124th-ranked Skylar Morton were also singles winners for the Bruins. Montez downed Laura Bernard, 6-3, 6-2 at court No. 3, while Morton got the clinching win at court No. 4 when she beat Sarah Cantlay, 6-2, 6-4.
In addition to their singles wins, Anderson and Morton accounted for one of the Bruins' two doubles wins on the day, as the sixth-ranked Bruin duo beat 84th-ranked Bernard and Rachel Manasse, 8-6 at court No. 1. UCLA's other doubles win came at the No. 3 spot, where McCall Jones and Carling Seguso were 8-4 winners over Cantlay and Julie Luzar.
Rice upset 16th-seeded Ole Miss, 4-2 on Saturday in Oxford, Miss. The Owls are coached by former Bruin tennis All-American Elizabeth Schmidt.
With the loss on Saturday, Long Beach State ends its season at 19-6 overall.
2012 NCAA Women's Tennis Regionals (Second Round)
#1 UCLA 4, #46 Long Beach State 0
May 12, 2012 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)
1. #6 Anderson/Morton (UCLA) def. #84 Bernard/Manasse (LBSU) 8-6
2. #9 Courtney Dolehide/Montez (UCLA) vs. Dallara/Malenovska (LBSU) 4-6, unfinished
3. Jones/Seguso (UCLA) def. Cantlay/Julie Luzar (LBSU) 8-4
UCLA Wins Doubles Point
1. #4 Robin Anderson (UCLA) def. #102 Anais Dallara (LBSU) 6-1, 6-2
2. #98 McCall Jones (UCLA) vs. Rachel Manasse (LBSU) 4-6, 1-3, unfinished
3. #73 Pamela Montez (UCLA) def. Laura Bernard (LBSU) 6-3, 6-2
4. #124 Skylar Morton (UCLA) def. Sarah Cantlay (LBSU) 6-2, 6-4
5. #119 Chanelle Van Nguyen (UCLA) vs. Klaudia Malenovska (LBSU) 6-2, 3-4, unfinished
6. Carling Seguso (UCLA) vs. Karolina Rozenberg (LBSU) 6-4, 3-2, unfinished
Long Beach State 19-6; National ranking #46
UCLA 23-2; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (1,3,4)
UCLA advances to NCAA Round of 16 in Athens, Ga.