Monday, April 9, 2018

No. 14 Bruins Blank Buffaloes, 7-0

Recap, photo courtesy of UCLA
BOULDER, Colo. – Two days after dropping the first two points to host Utah before staging a comeback win, the No. 14 UCLA women's tennis team had little trouble in defeating Colorado, 7-0. The match, previously scheduled to be played at the Buffaloes outdoor facility, was moved into the Rocky Mountain Tennis Complex due to high winds.

It was a big day for Ena Shibahara and Gabby Andrews, as the pair clinched the doubles point. Individually, Shibahara also clinched the overall decision, while Andrews picked up her first singles victory since Feb. 16.

Each Bruin doubles tandem jumped out to a commanding advantage on its respective court, putting UCLA in prime position for the day's opening point. The 10th-ranked duo of Terri Fleming and Jada Hart never looked back on the top court, dispatching Brigitte Beck and Chloe Hule with a 6-0 shutout. With one win in the books, it was a race to the finish to see who would clinch.

UCLA's Court 3 pair of Gabby Andrews-Shibahara would do the honor, notching a 6-2 victory over Kyra Wojcik-Louise Ronaldson to ensure the Bruins would not have a repeat performance of Friday's lost doubles point.

With just three courts in the Buffaloes' indoor facility, the top three singles matches were played first. No. 113 Fleming and No. 11 Shibahara each got pushed in her first set, needing to win a seventh game to capture the frame. Along with Hart, though, each Bruin won her first set.

Fleming would be first off the singles courts, taking care of Jeannez Daniel in straight sets, 7-5, 6-2. Hart needed a second-set tiebreak, but she eventually followed suit with a 6-3, 7-6 (3) win over Hule on Court 2 to increase the Bruin lead to 3-0. It was not an easy day by any means for Shibahara, but the sophomore was able to hold off the Buffaloes top player, Linda Huang, 7-5, 7-5. The win ran Shibahara's record to 18-8 and marked her third clinching victory of the dual-match season.

Bruins continued their strong play on the remaining courts, as the match was played out. No. 50 Abi Altick controlled her match with Ronaldson, posting a 6-3, 6-3 win on Court 4. Andrews made it 6-0 with a 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Ilana Oleynik on Court 6, while Ayan Broomfield eventually completed the sweep with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Beck.

A winner of six straight Pac-12 matches, UCLA will return home for conference clashes with Arizona State and Arizona. The Bruins will face the Sun Devils Friday, April 13 at 1:30 p.m. and then take on the Wildcats a day later at noon.

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