ATHENS, Ga. — California snapped UCLA’s 20-match winning streak earlier in the season and the top-seeded Bruins had revenge on their minds in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships on Saturday, taking a 4-1 victory against the Bears.
Fortunately for UCLA, Saturday’s contest didn’t play out anywhere near the showdown in Berkeley on April 13 when Cal swept all three doubles matches. While court No. 1 was fairly close, the Bruins moved out to early leads at the other two positions. UCLA’s McCall Jones and Carling Seguso were the first to finish at court No. 3, as they downed Tayler Davis and Cecilia Estlander, 8-4.
The Bruins would claim the point in a battle of top-10 teams at the No. 2 spot, where ninth-ranked Courtney Dolehide and Pamela Montez notched an 8-4 upset against fifth-ranked Annie Goransson and Anett Schutting. UCLA’s Robin Anderson and Skylar Morton were actually trailing 5-7 at the No. 1 position when play was suspended.
UCLA kept up its intensity in singles, posting first-set wins on four of six courts. The Bruins even went ahead 2-0 when Morton downed Davis, 6-1, 6-4 at court No. 4. Cal, however, answered right back at the No. 2 spot, where Zsofi Susanyi beat Jones, 6-2, 6-1 to make it 2-1.
While Susanyi’s victory put the Bears on the board, it didn’t slow the Bruins’ momentum one bit, as UCLA was nearing wins at three of the four remaining courts. Seguso, who has been filling the vacancy left by injured Kaitlin Ray at court No. 6, gave UCLA its third point of the day with a 6-2, 6-4 win against Alice Duranteau to make it 3-1.
The clinching victory then came from Montez at the No. 3 position, as she posted a 6-3, 6-4 win against Schutting to send UCLA into the semifinals. When play was suspended, UCLA’s Chanelle Van Nguyen was two points away from victory at court No. 5, while Anderson was down a set and trailing Jana Juricova, 2-5 in the second at court No. 1.