UCLA: Tennis

Women's tennis: Bruins fall in NCAA semis

May, 23, 2011
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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.

Pair of teams advance in postseason play

May, 25, 2010
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The good news: two squads made progress towards capturing UCLA's 106th national championship over the weekend. The bad news: two others saw their title hopes fade.

Here's a look back at what transpired, as well as a brief look at the softball and men's golf team's NCAA Tournament schedules.

The Good

Softball: Two wins separate UCLA from next month's College World Series in Oklahoma City. The No. 5-seeded Bruins host Louisiana-Lafayette in the Super Regionals this weekend after having swept through its Regional. The first game of the series is scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m and will be televised by either ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.

Men's Golf: It wasn't necessarily pretty, but No. 1-seeded UCLA managed a third-place finish at the East Regional to qualify for the NCAA Championships. The Bruins shot a seven-under par in the final round -- the best of the day -- and finished one stroke behind co-champions Texas and Kent State. UCLA will make its eighth straight appearance at the national championship tournament, which begins on June 1 in Tennessee.

The Bad

Men's Tennis: UCLA had Virginia, the nation's top-ranked team, on the ropes with a trip to the semifinals on the line on Sunday. The Bruins simply ran out of steam. After taking the doubles point, UCLA dropped the next three singles matches to fall in a 3-1 hole. UCLA freshman Maxime Tabatruong lost the deciding match after having won the first set.

"I thought we played a great match," coach Billy Martin said in a statement. "For a long time during it, I thought we had a good chance to win. ... Overall, I still felt we played well and fought hard. Today, Virginia was just the better team."

Virginia lost to No. 5 USC in the semifinals on Monday.

The Ugly

Women's Golf: Top-ranked UCLA never got it going at the NCAA Championships, finishing in sixth place -- 16 shots behind national champion Purdue.

Postseason updates

May, 21, 2010
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There's plenty of NCAA tournament action for UCLA teams this weekend. Here's a brief breakdown of how they fared on Friday.

Men's Tennis: No. 9-seeded UCLA advanced to the quarterfinals for the 22nd straight year with a 4-2 win over No. 8 Stanford. The Bruins and Cardinal fought off lingering showers in Athens, Ga., but it was UCLA who claimed the integral doubles point following an intense tiebreak win by Holden Seguso and Alex Brigham. UCLA used it to jump out to a 3-1 lead before Stanford's Ryan Thacher defeated Haythem Abid to close the gap. Matt Brooklyn clinched it, 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, in the fifth singles match.

"We started out strong and were able to win the doubles point, which I thought was extremely crucial," coach Billy Martin said in a statement released by the school. "Both Holden and Alex really came through for us. I thought we started really well in singles too, but the move indoors kind of hurt us to be quite honest. Thankfully Matt really stepped it up and got a big win over a really good opponent."

UCLA will go for the upset against No. 1 Virginia (38-1) on Sunday.

Softball: UCLA moved on to the winner's bracket in the Los Angeles Regional with an 11-4 stomping of St. Mary's at Easton Stadium. The Bruins -- hosts of the four-team, double-elimination mini tournament -- cranked five home runs, scoring in all but one inning. The Gaels actually trailed just 5-4 in the fifth, but UCLA responded with six unanswered to clinch a date with San Diego State on Saturday. St. Mary's will face Fresno State in a win-or-go-home scenario.

Men's Golf: No. 1-seeded UCLA used Friday's second round at the NCAA East Regional (The Course at Yale in New Haven, CT) to slide into fourth place. The Bruins are eight shots behind the lead to begin Saturday's final round and must be amongst the top five teams at the end of the day in order to qualify for the NCAA Championships in early June.

Women's tennis upset in round of 16

May, 20, 2010
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The UCLA women's tennis team's stay in Athens, Ga. turned out to be short-lived, as the NCAA tournament's No. 7-seeded squad fell to No. 10 Duke, 4-2, in the NCAA round of 16 on Thursday.

Duke took the ever crucial doubles point by upsetting the nation's No. 4-ranked tandem of Andrea Remynse and Yasmin Schnack -- the Pac-10's Doubles team of the year and winners of 20 of their last 21 matches.

"I knew that it was going to be tough when we didn't come out strong in doubles," coach Stella Sampras Webster said in a statement released by the school. "Of course, I still thought we had a really good chance in singles, but we didn't play our best tennis. To beat teams this time of the year you have to be playing at your best. Duke has had a great season and they just played better today."

UCLA, the 2008 NCAA champion, found itself in a 3-1 hole and needing to win the next three matches to complete the comeback. Schnack pulled through with a 6-0, 6-7, 6-2 victory to cut the Duke lead to 3-2, but Noelle Hickey failed to capitalize on a 4-0 third-set lead by dropping the eventual tiebreaker.

It wasn't entirely a lost season for UCLA (21-4), whose four losses were the fewest in nearly 20 years. Remynse, Schnack and Hickey will be competing in the 64-player singles tournament next Wednesday. Remynse and Schnack will also have a chance at redemption in the doubles draw.

Weekend roundup

May, 19, 2010
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A look at how some of UCLA's Olympic sports teams fared this weekend:

Softball: The Bruins returned from Tucson with a series victory over No. 3-ranked Arizona, winning Thursday's opener 6-5 and Saturday's finale 6-4. On Sunday, UCLA -- which clinched a second place finish in the Pac-10 Conference behind defending national champion Washington -- received the No. 5 overall seed in this year's NCAA Tournament. The 11-time NCAA champion Bruins (40-11) are hosts of the Los Angeles Regional, which begins on May 21.

Men's Tennis: The No. 9 men's team advanced to the Sweet Sixteen with a 4-0 sweep of California at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on Sunday. From UCLA: Sunday's doubles point couldn't have been any closer, with the Bruins needing a miraculous comeback at court No. 2 to pull it out. After both teams traded lopsided victories at court Nos. 1 and 3, all attention then focused on court No. 2, where Cal's Chris Konigsfeldt and Nick Andrews were leading UCLA's Haythem Abid and Matt Brooklyn. Cal actually owned a 5-2 lead in that match - and even held a match point with Andrews serving up 7-4 - but failed to close it out. UCLA's seniors responded to the pressure, fighting off that match point before eventually reelling off five straight games to close out the match 9-7. The Bruins meet No. 8-seeded Stanford on Friday in Athens, Ga.

Women's Tennis: The women are also heading to the round of 16 after sweeping Arizona State on Saturday. The No. 7-seeded Bruins will play No. 10 Duke on Thursday. Click here for an updated look at the women's bracket.

Men's Track: UCLA's 4x100m relay did it again, edging USC in the Pac-10 final to win for the second straight year. Jamal Alston, Karlton Rolle, Maxwell Dyce and Brandon Smith recorded a season-best 39.66, which ranks 17th in the NCAA this season. UCLA did not fare as well in the rest of the Pac-10 meet, tying for fourth overall.

Women's Track: Junior Lindsay Rowe ran a personal-best 13.24 to win the 100m hurdles, freshman Turquoise Thompson posted a 56.92 to win the 400m hurdles and the 4x400m relay team took first at the Pac-10 Championships in Berkeley. But like the men, the women did not fare well in the grand scheme of things. UCLA finished in sixth place.

Weekend roundup

March, 28, 2010
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Here's a brief look at how UCLA's Olympic sports teams have fared this weekend:

-- The No. 3 women's gymnastics team won its second consecutive Pac-10 Conference title behind all-around champion Vanessa Zamarripa's performance. Click here for a look at the results. Zamarripa recorded scores of 9.950 on vault and 9.900 on beam to become just the sixth sophomore to be named the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year. "Vanessa is the most talented athlete we've ever had," coach Valorie Kondos-Fieldsaid. "We've had many, many Olympians on our team. For sheer talent, she's it. She's a true student of her sport." UCLA hosts the West Regionals beginning on April 10.

UCLA Athletics Sophomore Vanessa Zamarripa led UCLA to the Pac-10 title on Saturday.


-- Men's volleyball coach Al Scates is one win away from reaching 1,200 in his illustrious 48-year career following UCLA's five-set victory at UC Irvineon Saturday night. No. 7 UCLA has won four straight, improving to 14-9 and 9-7 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play. It was the first game of the Bruins' five-game road swing.

-- The softball team, ranked No. 5 in the country, swept a double-header Saturday against UNLV, winning by scores of 8-0 and 11-3. The Bruins (24-4) host Loyola Marymount in a double-header on Sunday.

-- The No. 4 women's water polo team was overpowered by No. 2 Stanford on Saturday afternoon, dropping an 11-6 contest at the Spieker Aquatics Center. The Bruins (14-6) fell behind 7-3 after two quarters and were unable to recover against a strong Cardinal squad (18-1).

-- Both tennis squads came out victorious -- the No. 5 ranked women defeated No. 19 Washington 6-1 and the No. 12 men swept Oregon 7-0.

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