March 25, 2003
Up Next . . .
The No. 9 UCLA women's tennis team ends its two-week hiatus on Friday against Arizona and on Saturday against No. 7 Arizona State. Both matches are at noon at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The Bruins split versus the Arizona schools last month, falling to Arizona State 4-3 before beating Arizona the following day by the same score. ASU comes into the match at 7-3 overall, 1-0 Pac-10. Arizona is 4-6 overall, 0-1 Pac-10. The weekend starts a four-match homestand that puts UCLA against three of the top seven teams in the nation. The Bruins face No. 2 Stanford and No. 3 Cal next weekend.
Bruins Wrangle Longhorns . . .
UCLA's last match was on March 11 at home against No. 17 Texas. The Bruins' 6-1 victory began when they swept the doubles matches, knocking off Texas' national-No. 19 duo of Ziva Grasic and Kendra Strohm, 8-3. UCLA won all its singles matches in straight sets, completing its last intersectional match of the regular season.
Youth Serves at UCLA . . .
Six of the seven freshmen on UCLA's roster have played in and won matches during the dual-match season. In addition, sophomore Anya Loncaric, who did not see dual-match action last year, has a regular spot in the starting six. UCLA's seven freshmen are the most in the Pac-10.
Bruins Hold Top-10 Status in Rankings . . .
The first rankings of the 2003 dual-match season to be tabulated by computer moved the Bruins down a slot to No. 9 overall. UCLA's schedule includes seven of its fellow top-10 teams, as well as three other teams in the top-25. Sara Walker is No. 9 in the country, while Jackie Carleton is No. 28 and Susi Wild is No. 69.
ITA Top-25 (3/19) 1. USC 2. Stanford 3. California 4. Duke 5. Florida 6. Georgia 7. Arizona State 8. North Carolina 9. UCLA 10. Tennessee 11. Vanderbilt 12. Kentucky 13. William & Mary 14. Washington 15. South Alabama 16. Virginia Commonwealth 17. Fresno State 18. Miami (Fla.) 19. Illinois 20. Northwestern 21. Clemson 22. Oregon 23. Alabama 24. Harvard 25. Tulane
UCLA Home Matches Live Via the Internet . . .
All UCLA home matches can be followed live at www.uclabruins.com via the "Live Stats" link in the Events Calendar or by going to the women's tennis schedule.
Stella Sampras Webster Guides the Bruins . . .
In her seventh season as the Bruins' head coach, Stella Sampras Webster earned her milestone 100th career win against No. 11 Tennessee. In her first six seasons, she 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.