PULLMAN, Wash. – The UCLA women’s tennis team earned its first win of Pac-12 play Sunday, defeating Washington State by a 5-2 score on the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse.
The Bruins (4-3, 1-1 Pac-12) collected the final three wins of the day, including Elise Wagle’s straight-set clincher. Anne-Christine Lutkemeyer, Vanessa Ong and Fangran Tian were also victorious for UCLA. Yura Nakagawa and Elyse Tse momentarily pulled the Cougars (7-6, 0-2) even on the singles courts. The Bruins earned the doubles point after dropping just three total games in the completed contests.
Ong and Sasha Vagramov controlled their doubles match from the start, breaking the serve of Fifa Kumhom and Yang Lee twice for a 3-0 lead. The Bruins would roll to a 6-1 win for their fourth positive result in six dual-match decisions. Finishing right on their heels were the sixth-ranked tandem of Wagle and Kimmi Hance, which notched a 6-2 defeat of Nakagawa and Eva Alvarez Sande to lock up the initial point.
The four-court setup at Hollingbery Fieldhouse left Ong and Wagle on the sidelines when singles play began. Nakagawa tied the overall score on Court 2, dispatching of No. 64 Ava Catanzarite by a 6-3, 6-4 margin in the first completed contest.
UCLA answered on the top court, where No. 57 Tian stayed undefeated in dual-match play (5-0) with a 6-2, 6-3 decision over Alvarez Sande. WSU again pulled level soon after, as Elyse Tse prevailed 6-4, 6-3 against Vagramov on Court 3.
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