No. 3 UCLA blasts No. 8 Baylor
Bruins’ sixth-ranked Anderson sweeps 17th-ranked Nakic
WACO, Texas -- Playing yet another top-20 opponent, No. 3 UCLA continued its winning streak on Sunday, downing No. 8 Baylor 4-0. The Bruins, who have now beaten top 20 teams in each of their past five matches, improved their record to 10-0 on the season. UCLA's 10-0 record also equals the program's best start since 1998. With the loss on Sunday, Baylor fell to 10-3 overall.
Despite suffering an upset at the No. 1 doubles position, UCLA still managed to claim Sunday's doubles point with victories at court No. 2 and 3. McCall Jones and Carling Seguso had little trouble with Baylor's Ema Burgic and Sona Novakova at court No. 3, winning 8-1.
The Bears, however, notched a huge upset at the top court, where unranked Megan Horter and Nina Secerbegovic registered an 8-5 win against No. 12 Robin Anderson and Skylar Morton. Fortunately for UCLA, Pamela Montez and Chanelle Van Nguyen came through at court No. 2, downing Nicole Kosakowski and Diana Nakic, 8-4.
Kaitlin Ray, who was not in the doubles lineup, was the first to finish her singles match on Sunday, giving the Bruins a 2-0 lead with a 6-1, 6-2 win against Horter at court No. 6. UCLA would take a 3-0 lead shortly there after when Van Nguyen improved to 10-0 on the season with a 6-1, 6-2 victory against Kosakowski at court No. 6.
UCLA was able to clinch the win in the featured match of the day at court No. 1, where the Bruins' sixth-ranked Anderson was facing No. 17 Nakic. Although the two players reside in the top 20 of the current ITA singles rankings, Anderson proved to be the much stronger player on Sunday, dropping just four games in a 6-2, 6-2 victory to give UCLA the 4-0 win.