NCAA Womens Tennis

No. 18 Women’s Tennis Defeats Loyola Marymount 7-0 in Opener

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LOS ANGELES – The No. 18 UCLA women’s tennis team did not drop a set in its dual-match opener Wednesday, defeating Loyola Marymount by a 7-0 score at Los Angeles Tennis Center.

The Bruins (1-0) collected a pair of 6-1 wins in doubles play and never looked back, clinching the result in under two hours. Kimmi Hance, Vanessa Ong and Sasha Vagramov each prevailed twice on the day, while Ava Catanzarite provided the clinching victory.The Lions fell to 0-3.

Ong and Vagramov took six of seven games on the third doubles court, dispatching of Eva Marie Voracek and Kim-Michaela Zahraj to get UCLA off on the right foot. Soon after, No. 11 Hance and Elise Wagle followed with the identical result against Sofia Munera and Isabella Tcherkes-Zade to secure the day’s first point. Ong/Vagramov (9-4) and Hance/Wagle (8-2) have been part of the most doubles decisions of any combinations for the Bruins since the fall.

UCLA did not see more two first-set games surrendered across the top three singles courts. No. 46 Hance duplicated her showing in the second, topping Voracek by a 6-2, 6-2 score on Court 2. Hance had not played above the third singles court until Wednesday. On Court 6, Vagramov gave up just one total game to Zahraj. That 6-1, 6-0 result made the overall score 3-0.

No. 42 Catanzarite, also making her highest appearance in the singles lineup, got past Munera by a 6-2, 6-3 margin. Catanzarite notched two clinching victories in 2022.

With the match decided, Ong closed out Paradisi with a 6-4, 6-2 win on Court 5. That left the Bruins’ two freshmen, No. 94 Tian on Court 1 and No. 120 Anne-Christine Lutkemeyer on…

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