California teams take home NCAA tennis titles

ATHENS, Ga. — Make room for another national title trophy in UCLA’s Athletics Hall of Fame.


The Bruins’ women’s tennis team added to the one it brought home in 2008 to place in its Hall of Champions where the Pac-12 school displays hardware from its more than 100 NCAA titles.

UCLA won this one in nail-biting fashion Tuesday, capturing a 4-3 victory over North Carolina at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

Sophomore Kyle McPhillips from Willoughby, Ohio, clinched the title on her fourth championship point to take a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 decision over junior Caroline Price, daughter of former Georgia Tech and NBA star Mark Price.

McPhillips came back from down 0-40 and finally won on the deciding game’s 22nd point on court three.

Price went to her knee when her forehand volley went long and teammates surrounded McPhillips and fell on her in celebration.

“I got a little dizzy,” McPhillips said. “It was exciting but I was just dizzy from screaming so much and cheering. The moment was overwhelming.”

In the men’s final, Yannick Hanfmann and Ray Sarmiento won their singles matches in straight sets and Southern California earned its 21st NCAA championship with a 4-2 victory over Oklahoma.

The Trojans have won each of the past three NCAA championships held in Athens in 2010, 2012 and now 2014.

“We’re now going to play all our home matches at the University of Georgia,” USC coach Peter Smith joked on the court afterwards to the crowd.

Max de Vroome got the clincher on court four rallying after dropping the first set to take a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win.