Fresh off opening Pac-12 play in the Pacific Northwest, the UCLA women’s tennis team returns home Sunday for a non-conference tilt with No. 4 Ohio State. First serve from Los Angeles Tennis Center is scheduled for 12 p.m. PT. The Bruins (4-3, 1-1 Pac-12) enter the match winners of three of their past four contests, while the Buckeyes (8-4, 1-0 Big Ten) are coming off a 7-0 win versus Penn State in their conference opener.
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LAST TIME OUT
UCLA registered a split on the road to open Pac-12 play, falling to Washington by a 4-3 score before posting a 5-2 win against Washington State. In a match that saw three singles contests go three sets, the Bruins ultimately could not overcome the Huskies’ early 2-0 lead. Kimmi Hance, Fangran Tian and Elise Wagle were victorious for UCLA. Melissa Sakar clinched the overall win for UW, which also saw Jennifer Kerr and Astrid Olsen prevail in singles play. Two days later, the Bruins collected the final three wins of the day, including Wagle’s straight-set clincher. Tian, Anne-Christine Lutkemeyer and Vanessa Ong were also victorious for UCLA. Yura Nakagawa and Elyse Tse momentarily pulled the Cougars even on the singles courts. The Bruins earned the doubles point after dropping just three total games in the completed contests.
UCLA VS. OHIO STATE
UCLA and Ohio State have met just twice on the tennis courts, with the Buckeyes prevailing both times. The programs most recently clashed during the 2016 NCAA Championships, when host and fourth-ranked Ohio State dealt the No. 27 Bruins a second-round loss. UCLA collected the doubles point in the match, but was unable to get on the board again in singles play.
SCOUTING THE BUCKEYES
Ohio State is listed at No. 4 in the latest ITA Computerized Team Rankings, sporting a record of 8-4. Individually, three Buckeyes were recognized in the singles and doubles rankings. Irina Cantos Siemers leads the way at No. 20 on the singles list, backed up by No. 28 Sydni Ratliff and No. 94 Shelly Bereznyak. Ratliff and Siemers team to form the No. 17 doubles tandem.
IN THE RANKINGS
The latest ITA National Singles and Doubles Rankings came out…
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