Monday, May 23, 2011
Women's tennis: Bruins fall in NCAA semis
By Peter Yoon
UCLA's run in the NCAA women's tennis championships came to an end when the Bruins lost to No. 2-seeded Florida, 4-0, Monday at Stanford.
The Bruins, seeded No. 6, upset No. 3-seeded Duke to reach the semifinals for the first time since winning the national championship in 2008, but the magic ran out against the Gators (30-1).
UCLA (22-6) fell behind early when two of its three doubles teams lost, giving Florida the doubles point and a 1-0 advantage heading into singles play.
Florida quickly took a 2-0 when Lauren Embree defeated Noelle Hickey, 6-2, 6-2 and extended it to 3-0 when Alexandra Cecerone defeated Courtney Dolehide, 7-5, 6-3. Florida's Allie Will clinched the match for the Gators with a 7-6, 6-2 over McCall Jones in the No. 1 singles match.
Andrea Remynse, Pamela Montez and Maya Johansson were all early in the third sets of their singles matches when Will scored the clinching point.
Top-seeded Stanford defeated No. 5 Baylor, 4-1, in the other semifinal.