No. 7 Bruins to Host Long Beach St. and Pepperdine

Jan. 21, 2003

Up Next . . .
The No. 7 Bruins will face local rivals Long Beach State and Pepperdine to open the 2003 dual-match season this week. UCLA and Long Beach St. will faceoff at 1:30 p.m. this Thursday. The Bruins will host Pepperdine at noon on Saturday. Both matches are at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. UCLA and Long Beach St. have not met since 1987, as the Bruins own a 26-0 all-time record vs. the 49ers. UCLA is 34-12 all time vs. Pepperdine, with the Bruins winning both dual matches against the Waves last year.

Bruins Finish Up Play at Pac-10 Indoors . . .
UCLA freshman Shilpa Joshi and sophomore Anya Loncaric teamed together to claim the Flight-II doubles title Sunday at the Pac-10 Indoor Tennis Championships hosted by the University of Washington. Joshi and Loncaric defeated USC's Melissa Esmero/Maureen Diaz, 8-4 in the championship match. Other highlights for the UCLA women's tennis team over the weekend included a semifinal showing by freshmen Jackie Carleton and Laura Gordon in the Flight-I doubles draw, as well as a semifinal appearance by freshman Susi Wild in the Flight-II consolation draw.

Bruins in the ITA Rankings . . .
Two Bruin players made the preseason ITA singles list, as senior Sara Walker checked in at No. 6, and freshman Jackie Carleton is ranked No. 84. As a team, the Bruins are ranked No. 7 nationally.

ITA Top-25 (1/13)
1. Stanford
2. Florida
3. Georgia
4. Duke
5. North Carolina
6. Arizona State
8. Vanderbilt
9. USC
10. California
11. Tennessee
12. Northwestern
13. Texas
14. Kentucky
15. Wake Forest
16. William & Mary
17. UNLV
18. Georgia Tech
19. South Carolina
20. Arizona
21. Washington
22. Notre Dame
23. Texas A&M
24. Miami
25. Virginia Commonwealth

UCLA Home Matches Live Via the Internet . . .
All UCLA home matches can be followed live at via the "Live Stats" link in the Events Calendar or by going to the women's tennis schedule.

Head Coach Stella Sampras Webster . . .
Stella Sampras Webster is currently in her seventh season as the head coach of the UCLA women's tennis program with a career record of 96-58. In her first six seasons at UCLA, Sampras guided the Bruins to five top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, including three top-5 showings (1997, 2000, and 2002). In 2000, she was named the ITA West Region Coach of the Year. The former Stella Sampras married Steve Webster on January 3, 2003.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Friday, Jan 15 - All Day PST
vs. Freeman Memorial ...
Las Vegas, NV
Friday, Jan 15 - All Day PST
vs. National Collegiate ...
Palm Desert, CA
Friday, Jan 22 - TBA PST
vs. National Indoors ...
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Jan 23 - TBA PST
vs. National Indoors ...
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Jan 29 - TBA PST
vs. Saint Mary's
Pacific Palisades, CA
Friday, Feb 05 - All Day PST
vs. ITA National Indoor ...
Madison, WI
Thursday, Feb 18 - 1:30 PM PST
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 20 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Feb 25 - 1:30 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA