UCLA wins top-10 matchup vs. Baylor
Jones’ upset of No. 11 Novakova seals team victory for Bears
LOS ANGELES -- After suffering a 4-2 loss to Baylor three weeks ago at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors, No. 10 UCLA turned the tables on Thursday, posting a commanding 6-1 victory against the ninth-ranked Bears at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. UCLA, which has now won five of its last six matches, improved to 11-4 on the season. With the loss, Baylor falls to 8-2 overall.
Similar to the Bears' victory in Virginia on Feb. 20, UCLA came out strong in doubles on Thursday, winning the point by taking two of three matches. UCLA's Maya Johansson and Pamela Montez got things started for the Bruins with a dominant 8-1 win against Karolina Filipiak and Taylor Ormond on court No. 3. That win was followed by a strong performance on court No. 2, as Noelle Hickey and McCall Jones downed Diana Nakic and Sona Novakova 8-3 to clinch the doubles point for UCLA.
Despite the slight advantage heading into singles play, UCLA knew the match was far from over, as Baylor had fought back after dropping the doubles point in the earlier showdown. However, a pair of dominating straight-set Bruin wins by Johansson on court No. 6 and Hickey on court No. 2 quickly gave the Bruins a 3-0 lead.
Things looked even better for UCLA when Jones and Courtney Dolehide each had match point at the same time at court Nos. 1 and 5, respectively. Jones got the honor of clinching the team victory, upsetting No. 11-ranked Novakova 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to give the Bruins an insurmountable 4-0 lead. It was a big win for Jones, whose upset against one of the country's best players snapped a six-match losing streak. Dolehide ended up winning shortly thereafter, beating Filipiak 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.
The two teams split the final two matches of the day, with Baylor's Nina Secerbegovic beating Andrea Remynse 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 on court No. 3, while Montez downed Jelena Stanivuk 6-7(6), 7-5, (10-8).