Third-ranked UCLA narrowly escapes Pepperdine behind Harrison's win
MALIBU, Calif. -- No. 3 UCLA was pushed to the limit on Thursday but still managed to come away victorious, as the Bruins pulled out a 4-3 victory against Pepperdine at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center. With the win, UCLA moved to 9-1 overall on the season while the Waves, who have yet to win a match this year, saw their record fall to 0-8.
UCLA's Courtney Dolehide and Pamela Montez were instrumental in helping the Bruins clinch the doubles point on Thursday, as their 9-7 victory against Michaela Capannolo and Ale Granillo at court No. 2 proved to be the difference. Prior to that victory, both teams split wins at the other two courts, with UCLA cruising to an 8-1 win at court No. 3, followed by an 8-6 Pepperdine win at court No. 1.
Pepperdine eventually went ahead 2-1 following consecutive-set victories at court Nos. 2 and 3. Granillo got things started for the Waves when she upset 45th-ranked Kyle McPhillips 6-2, 6-2 at court No. 3. Minutes later at court No. 2, Khunpak Issara downed Montez 6-2, 6-1.
UCLA answered right back with two consecutive-set victories of its own, as Dolehide downed Abigail Phillips 6-2, 6-2 at court No. 6 and 81st-ranked Chanelle Van Nguyen beat Capannolo 6-4, 6-2 at court No. 4. Those two victories gave UCLA a 3-2 lead with two matches still on court.
Lorraine Guillermo picked up the biggest upset of the afternoon at the No. 1 position, as she downed second-ranked Robin Anderson 6-4, 6-2. It marked just the second loss of the season for Anderson, who headed into Thursday's match with a 20-1 overall singles record.
With the dual match now tied at three, freshman Catherine Harrison came through in the clutch for UCLA at court No. 5, as her 6-1, 7-5 victory against Megan Moore clinched a 4-3 win for the Bruins.