The UCLA women's tennis team fell one victory short in its quest for a national championship, as the top-seeded Bruins lost to Florida 4-0 in the NCAA final Tuesday at the University of Georgia.
It is the second consecutive title for Florida (27-1), which knocked UCLA out in the semifinals last year. The Bruins (26-3) were seeking their third national title, but it wasn't to be. UCLA lost the doubles point and never really recovered as Florida posted straight-sets victories at No. 2, No. 4 and No. 5 singles to clinch the match. Full results are available here.
"[Florida] played with a lot of energy and fire," UCLA coach Stella Sampras Webster said. "I think we had some chances at 2 and 3, but they played well. They won a lot of the big points. Losing that doubles point was tough. We knew they were a very strong team and they are very deep, but we still felt like we could win this."
No. 1 singles player Robin Anderson was the standout for UCLA in the final, as she held a 6-4, 5-2 lead over Allie Will, the nation's top-ranked singles player, when Florida finished the match. Anderson, a freshman, earned all-tournament honors at No. 1 singles and UCLA's Courtney Dolehide and Pamela Montez earned the all-tournament selection at No. 2 doubles.
Anderson is seeded No. 4 in the NCAA singles tournament, which begins Wednesday. She is also teaming with Skylar Morton in the doubles competition. Dolehide and Montez are also entered in the NCAA doubles tournament.