The ninth-ranked Baylor women defeated No. 2 UCLA 4-3 this afternoon in Los Angeles, their second win in as many days over their Pac-10 hosts. In a 5-2 win over USC on Tuesday, the Bears won the doubles point. They lost it today, but led by Lenka Broosova's comeback at court No. 1, they edged past UCLA. Clinching the match was Taylor Ormond at No. 3 singles, who less than two weeks ago lost a set and two-break lead against Michigan's Whitney Taney at No. 5 singles, giving the Wolverines a 4-3 win.
Ormond also won the first set today against UCLA's Noelle Hickey, a transfer from Georgia Tech, and despite losing the second, the similarities with the Michigan match ended there. Shortly after Broosova had posted a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Yasmin Schnack at No. 1, Ormond finished off Hickey 6-2, 2-6, 6-3. Earlier Karolina Filipiak and Nina Secerbegovic had recorded the Bears other two singles wins at the No. 5 and No. 2 positions. For complete results, see the UCLA athletic website.
Across town, the third-ranked USC men were challenged by No. 17 Wake Forest, but emerged with a 5-2 win. USC won the doubles point, but in singles the Demon Deacons took four first sets. The Trojans closed out the two matches in which they'd won the first sets, with Steve Johnson at No. 1 and Daniel Nguyen at No. 5 making it 3-0 USC. Wake's Steve Forman took out Robert Farah at No. 2, but in the other three matches that Wake had leads, the Trojans earned splits. So USC needed to win only one of the three third sets, but every match was close. Trojan JT Sundling was unable to hold an early lead against Jason Morgenstern at No. 6. Jaak Poldma fell behind Wake's Jonathan Wolff at No. 3, and USC's Peter Lucassen and Wake's Ian Atkinson were neck and neck. Lucassen ended up being the clincher, taking a 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 decision to make it 4-1. Sundling lost to Morgenstern to make it 4-2 and Poldma fought back to force a tiebreaker in the final match. Poldma won it when Wolff was overruled for the fourth time (update/correction: it was Wolff's third overrule, but he had an earlier audible obscenity) and assessed a game penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. For the complete recap of the match see the USC athletic website. (Don't be fooled by the headline--the "breeze" refers to the playing conditions, not the ease of the victory.)
The No. 5 Florida women won a very tightly contested doubles point from No. 4 North Carolina, taking it in a tiebreaker at No. 1, then went on to collect all six first sets in singles. The Gators went on to record an impressive 6-1 victory, and are now unlikely to lose any of the remaining matches on their schedule. For more on Florida's victory, click here.
In Austin, the fifth-ranked Texas Longhorns defeated No. 19 Florida State 6-1. The Texas College Tennis blog was at the match, so I'm sure he'll have coverage on his site. Also, check out his rankings, which are independent of those done by the ITA.
At the BNP Paribas Open today, two U.S. men, Tim Smyczek and Bobby Reynolds, advanced to the main draw. Smyczek easily defeated 18-year-old wild card Filip Krajinovic of Serbia 6-1, 6-0. Reynolds defeated former Texas A&M star Lester Cook 6-4, 7-5.
In women's main draw action this evening, Vania King downed Christina McHale 7-5, 6-3. On Thursday, Ryan Harrison, Sloane Stephens and Michelle Larcher de Brito will play their first round matches.
For complete results and order of play, see the tournament website.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010