March 2, 1999
This Week - UCLA Faces USC & Texas in Homestand
UCLA continues its longest homestand of the season by hosting two important matches this week. The Bruins seek to avenge an earlier loss to crosstown rival USC on Wednesday, Mar. 3 at 1:30 p.m. The highest ranked non-conference foe of the year Texas, which is tied for No. 6 in the rankings, comes to town for a Noon match on Saturday, Mar. 6. Both matches will be at the Los Angeles Tennis Center and admission is FREE.
Last Week - Bruins Sweep UNLV As Homestand Begins
UCLA opened this four-match homestand by posting its second sweep of the season. The Bruins defeated No. 31 ranked UNLV, 9-0, as Cristina Popescu set the tone with a quick 6-0, 6-1 win in the No. 1 slot. Also notable was the dual-match debut of the doubles team of Roubanova and Schmidt which blanked its foe in the No. 3 position.
About This Week's Opponent - USC & Texas
Ranked No. 13, USC brings a 9-2 overall and 3-0 Pac-10 Conference slate into the week. In their most recent action, the Women of Troy recorded their third sweep of the season defeating UNLV 8-0 on Sunday. In the first dual match meeting between these rivals this season, USC claimed a 6-3 win to improve its series lead to 31-27. Three singles players and one doubles team are listed in the latest edition of the national rankings. Leading the way is No. 28 Ditta Huber. Kara Warkentin is tied for No. 54 and Jacqui Boyd is tied for No. 71. The duo of Huber and Warkentin is listed No. 19.
Tied for No. 6 in the nation, Texas is not only the highest ranked non-conference opponent on the UCLA schedule this season, but the last team the Bruins played last year. The Longhorns claimed a 5-0 win over the Bruins in the first round of the NCAA Championships and also won 5-4 at Texas to take a narrow 6-5 lead in the all-time series. The Horns own a 5-3 overall record and are coming off a week in which they suffered losses at Stanford and Cal, then returned home to post victories over both Oklahoma State and Nebraska in the same day. Even though two of their top singles players, Sandy Sureephong and Laura Berendt, are not currently in the national rankings, Texas has four singles players and one doubles team listed. In singles, Janet Walker is No. 58, Kim Gates is No. 66, Rebekah Forney is tied for No. 81 and Michelle Faucher is No. 100. The doubles team of Faucher and Forney is No. 16.
UCLA Player Notables -
Sophomore Cristina Popescu started her current five-match win streak with a straight-set win over USC's Ditta Huber in their first dual meeting of the season. This victory avenged a three-set loss to Huber in the ITA Regional Final in November. Junior Annica Cooper owns two straight-set wins over USC's Kara Warkentin this season posting victories at the Pac-10 Indoor Championships as well as last month's dual.
In doubles action, the team of Basica and Cooper stands 1-1 with the duo of Huber and Warkentin this season. The Bruins won in straight sets to claim the ITA Regional in November, but lost in the first dual last month. The team of Marinova and Popescu won a close battle with Boyd and Christian in the No. 3 slot last time out, while Freudenberg/Roubanonva suffered its only loss at the hands of Bakalarova/Safarova at No. 2.
Next Up - The Homestand Concludes Tuesday vs. W&M
The final match of this homestand will be on Tuesday, March 9 as the No. 10 ranked College of William & Mary comes to town for a 1:30 p.m. match at the LATC.
Special Note - 25th Anniversary of Women's Athletics
The UCLA Athletic Department will celebrate the Silver Anniversary of UCLA Women's Intercollegiate Athletics on May 1, 1999. A Celebration of Champions dinner will honor the accomplishments of the UCLA Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Program and its athletes over the past 25 years.