#22 UCLA Women’s Tennis (13-6, 7-2)
Opponent: #32 Southern Cal (10-9, 5-4)
When: 12:00 PM PT, Saturday, April 22, 2017
Where: Sunset Canyon Tennis Courts, Los Angeles, CA
Live Stats: UCLA StatBroadcast
The 2017 Pac-12 regular season comes to an end this afternoon and neither the Bruins nor the Trojans can claim the conference title. UCLA currently sits in third place, two game behind the Stanford Cardinal, and the Trojans are mired in sixth place with no chance of catching the Bruins.
In spite of the fact that the stakes aren't nearly as high for today's match as they are in all of the other rivalry games this weekend, both teams really need a win as they head into the postseason.
The Bruins are desperate to recover from the disappointment of dropping a 4-3 decision to #29 Arizona State last Saturday, The loss snapped UCLA's seven match winning streak, but more importantly, it eliminated any scenario that would allow the Bruins to claim a share of the conference title.
Although USC won both of its matches in Arizona last week, the Trojans were edged by #13 Pepperdine on Wednesday. That defeat put an end to Southern Cal's four game winning streak and leaves the Trojans in a less than favorable position with the postseason just around the corner.
The Bruins and Trojans have already met once in 2017. UCLA narrowly defeated USC on that occasion, but that was over two months ago, and both teams are playing better tennis in April than they did in February. Also, Southern Cal enjoyed a home court advantage in that first match. Today's rematch will be played at Sunset Canyon Tennis Courts where the Bruins are 5-2.
This shapes up to be another close contest. The key for UCLA will be winning the doubles point. The Bruins have won the doubles point in their last 10 matches, which has been a key factor in UCLA's late season surge.
Go BRUINS! Beat SC!