April 9, 2008
No. 7 Bruins to Host Arizona, #14 ASU
With just three regular-season matches remaining, the seventh-ranked UCLA women's tennis team (15-5; 4-1 Pac-10) will host two important Pac-10 contests at the Los Angeles Tennis Center this week. Action gets underway this Friday, as the Bruins welcome Arizona (7-14; 0-5) for a 1:30 p.m. match. UCLA, which defeated Arizona, 6-1 back on Feb. 23 in Tucson, takes a 54-8 all-time record over the Wildcats into the showdown. The Bruins will then look to exact some revenge against No. 14 Arizona State (13-5; 3-2) on Saturday at Noon, as the Sun Devils handed UCLA one of its five losses back on Feb. 24 in Tempe. The Bruins lead that series 45-16. Live stats for both of this weekend's matches can be accessed by clicking HERE
Bruins Go 1-1 in Bay Area
UCLA was hoping for a sweep but managed to go 1-1 in its recent trip to the Bay Area last week. The Bruins began the trip by upsetting No. 6 Cal, 4-3 on Friday afternoon in Berkeley. UCLA lost the doubles point, but rallied to take four matches in singles play. With the score tied 3-3, freshman Andrea Remynse won the clinching match for the Bruins at the No. 4 position, taking a 3-6, 7-6(10), 6-3 victory over No. 91 Claire Ilcinkas. That UCLA win avenged a 4-3 loss to Cal back on Mar. 1 at the LATC. The tables were turned on the Bruins on Saturday, however, as No. 5 Stanford lost the doubles point but rallied to take a 4-3 win over the Bruins. The Cardinal was able to win matches at the top four singles positions to take the win. Seniors Elizabeth Lumpkin and Alex McGoodwin were responsible for the two singles victories for the Bruins.
Still in Control
Despite its setback against Stanford last week, UCLA can still guarantee itself at least a share of this year's Pac-10 title by winning its final three matches. At 4-1, the Bruins are currently one of just three one-loss teams in the conference joining Stanford (5-1) and Cal (5-1). If it wins its final three matches, UCLA would likely earn co-championship honors with one of those two teams. Stanford and Cal face each other on April 19, making a three-way tie for first place impossible. If the Bruins can hang on and win this year's title, it would mark the first-ever Pac-10 Championship for the Bruins, who have finished second seven times since joining the conference in 1987.
UCLA Moves Up to No. 7
UCLA moved up from No. 9 to No. 7 in the latest team rankings released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association on Tuesday. Riza Zalameda is the Bruins' highest ranked singles player at No. 11. She is followed by No. 43 Tracy Lin, No. 48 Yasmin Schnack, No. 52 Andrea Remynse and No. 94 Elizabeth Lumpkin. In doubles, Zalameda is ranked in the top 20 with two different players (#9 w/Lin, #19 w/Schnack). Lin is also ranked No. 50 with Remynse. Lumpkin and Stephanie Wetmore are ranked No. 59. New team and individual rankings will be released next week.
ITA Top 25 (Apr. 8)
2. Georgia Tech
13. North Carolina
14. Arizona State
16. Notre Dame
17. Fresno State
19. Florida State
22. William & Mary
Lumpkin Reaches 30-Win Mark
Senior Elizabeth Lumpkin became the first Bruin player to notch 30 singles wins this year, as she picked up her 30th and 31st victories of the season last weekend in the Bay Area. Lumpkin began the weekend with a 7-5, 6-4 win over No. 102 Bojana Bobusic of Cal. She then downed No. 68 Carolyn McVeigh of Stanford, 7-6, 6-7, (10-7). Lumpkin, who is ranked No. 94 nationally, upped her record to 31-8 on the year.
Of the Bruins' five losses this season, four have been 4-3 scores. UCLA's first loss of the year came in the form of a 4-3 defeat to No. 14 North Carolina at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors. Since then, the Bruins have dropped three other 4-3 decision against top 20 teams (No. 5 Stanford, No. 8 Cal and No. 18 ASU). The only team to beat UCLA by more than a point was No. 4 Baylor, which won 5-2 back on Feb. 26 at the LATC.
USC Clash Next Week
UCLA's annual conference match against USC is always an exciting event for Southern California tennis fans. This year's Pac-10 clash will take place on April 18 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center, as the No. 10 Women of Troy will be looking to avenge a 6-1 loss to the Bruins earlier this season at USC. Unfortunately for UCLA, that match did not count in the Pac-10 standings. Next Week's showdown will.
Head Coach Stella Sampras Webster
UCLA head coach Stella Sampras Webster, who recently picked up the 200th victory of her career, is in her 12th season at the helm of the Bruin women's tennis program. Sampras Webster, who has guided the Bruins to a pair of appearances in the NCAA Final (2004 and 2007), owns a 201-103 overall coaching record. She has also led UCLA to six top-five finishes at the NCAA Championships.