What’s Bruin this Saturday morning? Well, it’s Championship Season. So, we have some tournament updates.
The UCLA women’s tennis team defeated the Washington Huskies, 4-0, yesterday to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship. The Bruins got on the board first by winning the doubles point. Abi Altick and Taylor Johnson were the first doubles pair to finish when they defeated Washington’s Natsuho Arakawa and Kenadi Hance, 6-2. lysia Bolton and Jada Hart then wrapped up the doubles point by winning their set against Zoey Weil and Vanessa Wong, 6-3. UCLA’s first doubles pair of Gabby Andrews and Ayan Broomfield were tied, 3-3, when doubles play was stopped.
As singles play began, Andrews was the first Bruin to defeat her opponent by beating Nika Zupancic, 6-1, 6-4. That put UCLA up 2-0. The Bruins third point was secured when Jada Hart won her match over Stacey Fung, 6-4, 6-2.
With UCLA winning the first set on each of the other four courts, the Bruins only needed to win one more set to win the match and advance to the quarterfinals in Orlando. UCLA got it on court five where Altick beat Sedona Gallagher, 6-2, 7-5, earning the Bruins’ fourth point of the match and sending UCLA to the quarterfinals where they will meet the winner of today’s match between #2 North Carolina and #15 Oklahoma State on Friday, May 17th.
Maxime Cressy’s singles win over Johannes Schretter, 6-4, 6-1, was the lone bright spot for UCLA yesterday when the Bruins lost to Baylor, 4-1, ending UCLA’s season.
The Bruins’ bad day started when they lost the doubles point. On court 3, after Bryce Pereira and Patrick Zahraj lost their first three games to Constantin Frantzen and Johannes Schretter, the Bruin duo fought back to win three games, but it wasn’t enough and they lost their doubles match, 6-3.
While Cressy and Keegan Smith were ahead 5-4 on court one, Govind Nanda and Connor Rapp allowed Jimmy Bendeck and Sven Lah to come back from being down 3-4 to win 6-4, giving Baylor the doubles point.
As the match moved to singles play, Cressy was the only Bruin to win his first set. The Bears won the first set on the other five courts. Smith and Roscoe Bellamy were both able to win their second sets to force third sets in each of their matches, but Nanda and Ben Goldberg both lost their second sets, giving Baylor a 3-1 edge and leaving UCLA needing wins on all three remaining courts to win the match.
Unfortunately, Bellamy lost his third set, 6-2, which gave Baylor their fourth point and the victory.
And, that’s What’s Bruin this Saturday morning.