LOS ANGELES -- The 13th-ranked University of Texas women's tennis team (8-3) recorded its second consecutive loss of the season, losing to No. 12 UCLA, 6-1, on Tuesday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.
"As soon as the team can operate on all cylinders at once - in terms of energy level and competitiveness - they will do special things," head coach Jeff Moore said. "UCLA played well today, but our team did not give them a fight on all courts."
The Bruins (9-4) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after sweeping all doubles matches. The third-ranked duo of Daniela Bercek and Riza Zalameda defeated juniors Katie Ruckert (Vienna, Va.) and Kendra Strohm (Tucson, Ariz.), ranked 28th nationally, at the No. 1 spot, 8-6. At No. 2 doubles, sophomore Petra Dizdar (Split, Croatia) and junior Mia Marovic (Split, Croatia) lost their match 8-1, and junior Kelly Baritot (Allison Park, Pa.) and freshman Courtney Zauft (San Antonio, Texas) were defeated 8-5 at the third spot.
In singles, the Bruins continued to dominate the Longhorns as they collected straight-set wins at Nos. 1-3. Dizdar was defeated 6-0, 6-2 at the top of the lineup, while Strohm lost 6-1, 6-1 at the second spot. UCLA clinched the match at the No. 3 position where Ruckert dropped a 6-4, 6-4 decision to Alex McGoodwin.
Sophomore Ristine Olson (Missoula, Mont.) and Zauft were also defeated in their respective matches. Olson was defeated in three-sets 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 at the bottom of the lineup and Zauft lost in a super tiebreaker 6-4, 6-7 (3), 10-8 at No. 5.
Texas' lone singles victory was posted by Marovic who defeated Sarah Gregg at the fourth spot, 7-6 (6), 6-3. The win improves her record to 8-1 on the season.
The Texas women's tennis team returns to action on Wednesday, March 16 when it takes on No. 8 USC in Los Angeles.
#12 UCLA 6, #13 Texas 1
Singles (Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3*, 6, 4, 5)
1. Daniela Bercek (UCLA) def. Petra Dizdar (Texas) 6-0, 6-2
2. Riza Zalameda (UCLA) def. Kendra Strohm (Texas) 6-1, 6-1
3. Alex McGoodwin (UCLA) def. Katie Ruckert (Texas) 6-4, 6-4
4. Mia Marovic (Texas) def. Sarah Gregg (UCLA) 7-6 (6), 6-3
5. Tracy Lin (UCLA) def. Courtney Zauft (Texas) 6-4, 6-7 (3), (10-8)
6. Laura Gordon (UCLA) def. Ristine Olson (Texas) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
Doubles (Order of finish: 2, 3*, 1)
1. Bercek/Zalameda (UCLA) def. Ruckert/Strohm (Texas) 8-6
2. Gordon/McGoodwin (UCLA) def. Dizdar/Marovic (Texas) 8-1
3. Lin/Elizabeth Lumpkin (UCLA) def. Kelly Baritot/Zauft (Texas) 8-5