No. 2 UCLA bests No. 6 Georgia to advance to ITA Indoor finals
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Top-seeded UCLA booked its spot in the title match at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors for the second year in a row on Sunday, as the Bruins downed fourth-seeded Georgia 4-1 at the Boar's Head Sports Club. With the win, UCLA improved to 6-0 on the season and will meet the winner of second-seeded Duke and sixth-seeded North Carolina on Monday.
Sunday's doubles point was as close as they come, with the Bruins needing to pull out a tiebreaker at court No. 3 to secure the point. After Georgia notched an 8-4 victory at court No. 1, the Bruins answered right back when Courtney Dolehide and Pamela Montez were 8-5 winners at court No. 2. Freshmen Kyle McPhillips and Catherine Harrison locked up the doubles point for UCLA, as they edged Lauren Herring and Mia King 8-7(6) at court No. 3.
UCLA started strong in singles action, winning four of six first sets. In fact, the Bruins took a pair of consecutive set victories to move out to a 3-0 lead in the match. Like she did in doubles, Harrison came up big in singles, downing King 6-4, 6-0 at court No. 5 to put UCLA up 2-0. Dolehide also rolled in her second set beating Makenzie Craft 6-3, 6-0 at court No. 6 to put the Bruins on the edge of victory.
Facing defeat, Georgia (4-1) got on the board and cut the lead to 3-1 when Silvia Garcia downed Bruin sophomore Chanelle Van Nguyen 6-1, 6-4 at court No. 4. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the momentum didn't last long as Montez clinched the victory for UCLA with a 6-4, 6-3 win against Kate Fuller at court No. 3.
Two singles matches were suspended once UCLA clinched the win. In a battle of top-10 opponents at court No. 1, sixth-ranked Robin Anderson led eighth-ranked Herring 6-3, 4-6, 3-1. McPhillips led Georgia's Maho Kowase 0-6, 6-3, 3-2 at court No. 2.