NorCal's Alaina Miller Clinches Match for UCLA
NorCal Staff | March 8, 2016
By UCLA Bruins
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – For the second straight match, freshman Alaina Miller won the deciding point for the Bruins. Miller edged Tami Grende in a third-set tiebreaker to clinch for the No. 27 UCLA women’s tennis team. With the 5-2 win over No. 41 Washington, the Bruins improve to 9-3 overall and 2-0 in Pac-12 play.
The Bruins got off to a slow start, dropping the doubles point to the Huskies on courts 1 and 2. Washington’s Grende and Stacey Fung blanked Terri Fleming and Laura Luca on court 2 to register the first win. On court 1, Nour Abbes and Miki Kobayashi upset the fifth-ranked duo of Catherine Harrison and Kyle McPhillips, 6-1, to clinch the point for the Dawgs. ADVERTISEMENT The loss marks Harrison and McPhillips’ first in dual match play.
The clouds rolled in as singles got under way, and with them came rain. Both teams traded first sets on courts 1, 3, 4, and 6 before play was suspended briefly. After play resumed, the first sets concluded with each team taking three.
Washington’s Sophia Bott then downed Luca in straights on court 6 to put the Huskies up 2-0. No. 19 Harrison responded for the Bruins on court 1, dispatching Abbes in straight sets to cut the lead to 2-1. After McPhillips evened the score when she took down No. 99 Fung in straights on court 2, both teams raced to put points on the board.
Fleming struck first, giving UCLA a 3-2 advantage over Washington when she edged Elianne Douglas-Miron, 8-6, in a second-set tiebreaker on court 4. The remaining two matches would be decided in the third set.
On court 3, Miller rallied after dropping the first set, 1-6. Miller trailed 2-5 in the third, but battled back to tie the score at 5-5 when she broke Grende’s serve. The freshman held to take a 6-5 lead, but Grende knotted it up at 6-6 to force the tiebreaker. After a back-and-forth battle, Miller broke Grende to win 7-4 and clinch the match for the Bruins.