LOS ANGELES - The No. 2 UCLA women's tennis team concluded the regular season on Friday afternoon, suffering a 6-1 loss to cross-town rival USC at the Marks Tennis Stadium. With the loss, the Bruins see their record fall to 16-5 overall and 7-3 in the Pac-12. The Trojans were able to finish the conference season undefeated, improving 21-2 overall and 10-0 in the Pac-12.
The lone bright spot for UCLA on Friday came in singles at court No. 2, where 66th-ranked Kyle McPhillips notched a big upset over eighth-ranked Danielle Lao, winning 6-2, 6-4. It marked the only win on the afternoon in both singles and doubles for the Bruins.
UCLA's other solid chance for a point came at court No. 6, where 90th-ranked Kaitlin Ray won the first set over Kaitlyn Christian before eventually falling 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the final match of the afternoon.
Probably the biggest surprise of the day came at the No. 1 spot, where second-ranked Sabrina Santamaria of USC and third-ranked Robin Anderson of UCLA were squaring off. Santamaria got the better of Anderson on this day, losing just one game in a 6-1, 6-0 victory.
UCLA was swept in doubles on Friday for just the second time this season.
The Bruins now turn their attention to next week's Pac-12 Championships in Ojai, Calif. Unlike the men, who changed their tournament to a team competition beginning last year, the women's conference championships still feature traditional singles and doubles draws. Play begins on Thursday in Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaitourney.org.
#5 USC 6, #7 UCLA 1
Apr 18, 2013 at Los Angeles, CA (Marks Tennis Stadium)
1. #2 Christian/Santamaria (USC) def. Montez/Skylar Morton (UCLA) 8-3
2. Olmos/Scandalis (USC) def. Anderson/Dolehide (UCLA) 8-2
3. DeSimone/Lao (USC) def. Harrison/McPhillips (UCLA) 7-6(1)
USC Wins Doubles Point
1. #2 Sabrina Santamaria (USC) def. #3 Robin Anderson (UCLA) 6-1, 6-0
2. #66 Kyle McPhillips (UCLA) def. #8 Danielle Lao (USC) 6-2, 6-4
3. #30 Zoe Scandalis (USC) def. Pamela Montez (UCLA) 6-2, 6-1
4. Giuliana Olmos (USC) def. #88 Catherine Harrison (UCLA) 7-6(5), 6-2
5. #75 Gabriella DeSimone (USC) def. Courtney Dolehide (UCLA) 6-3, 6-4
6. Kaitlyn Christian (USC) def. #90 Kaitlin Ray (UCLA) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
UCLA 16-5; 7-3 Pac-12; National ranking #7
USC 21-2; 10-0 Pac-12; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,3,5,4,2,6)