Feb. 3, 2003
Up Next . . .
The No. 7 UCLA Women's Tennis team will travel to Madison, WI, this week to compete in the USTA/ITA Indoor Team Championships. The Bruins will face No. 11 Tennessee in the first round, and could play No. 2 Florida in the second round. For more information, see www.uwbadgers.com or www.itatennis.com.
Bruins Split with UCI, USC . . .
The Bruins defeated UC Irvine 7-0 on Thursday, Jan. 30 at the LATC, but fell to visiting USC 4-3 on Friday. Against Irvine, Susi Wild turned in the most impressive performance of the afternoon, defeating UCI's Christie Posner, 6-0, 6-0, while No. 6-ranked Sara Walker dropped just one game en route to a 6-1, 6-0 decision over UCI's Jenny Bowman. On Friday versus USC, the Bruins knocked off three of the Trojans' four ranked singles players. Walker defeated national No. 3 Jewel Peterson 6-2, 6-7(4), (10-7), while freshman Laura Gordon defeated 90th-ranked Tiffany Brymer 7-6(7), 6-1, and sophomore Sarah Gregg defeated 103rd-ranked Anita Loyola 5-7, 6-2, (10-2). Friday's match with the Trojans did not count toward the Pac-10 standings, though the March 5 match at USC will.
UCLA Holds Serve in ITA Top-25 Rankings . . .
The Bruins remained in the 7th spot in the ITA's Top-25, released January 29. The Bruins have seven matches remaining with top-10 opponents, including two each with Stanford, Arizona State, and Cal, plus one more meeting with USC. New team rankings will come out Feb. 5, while new individual rankings will appear Feb. 26. UCLA senior Sara Walker is currently at No. 6, while Bruin freshman Jackie Carleton stands at No. 84.
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 Approaches 100th Win . . .
UCLA's win over Irvine was the 99th of head coach Stella Sampras Webster's career. Her 100th could come at the USTA/ITA Team Indoor events this week. 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.
ITA Top-25 (1/29) 1. Stanford 2. Florida 3. Georgia 4. Duke 5. North Carolina 6. Arizona State 7. UCLA 8. Vanderbilt 9. USC 10. California 11. Tennessee 12. Texas 13. Wake Forest 14. William & Mary 15. Washington 16. Northwestern 17. UNLV 18. Georgia Tech 19. South Carolina 20. Arizona 21. Notre Dame 22. Texas A&M 23. Kentucky 24. Miami 25. Virginia Commonwealth