Feb. 2, 2004
Bruins Head to Wisconsin for National Indoors . . .
No. 11 UCLA will get a chance to find out how it stacks up against the nation's best this week, as the Bruins head to the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors, Feb. 5-8 in Madison, Wisc. UCLA will face eighth-seeded North Carolina in the first round on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. (CST). If they win, the Bruins will take on the winner of top-seeded Stanford and William & Mary. Other teams competing at the Indoors are: BYU, California, Georgia, Harvard, Kentucky, Northwestern, USC, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Washington and host Wisconsin.
USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships - Thursday's first round matches:Women (all times Central)
(1) Stanford vs. William & Mary, 3 p.m. (8) North Carolina vs. UCLA, 3 p.m. (4) Vanderbilt vs. Wisconsin, 3 p.m. (5) Washington vs. Tennessee, 3 p.m. Texas A&M vs. (6) Southern California, 9 a.m. BYU vs. (3) California, 9 a.m. Kentucky vs. (7) Northwestern, 9 a.m. Harvard vs. (2) Georgia, 9 a.m.
Bruins Blank LMU, Fall to No. 5 Women of Troy, 4-3 . . .
UCLA started the week on a high note, defeating local rival LMU, 7-0 in the season opener for both teams last Wednesday. The Bruins had a much tougher time against No. 5 USC on Friday, falling 4-3 at the Marks Tennis Stadium on the campus of USC. UCLA started the afternoon by losing the doubles point, forcing the Bruins to capture four of six singles matches to pull out a victory. UCLA only managed three, as Jackie Carleton, Daniela Bercek and Sarah Gregg were the only singles winners. The good news for UCLA was that the match did not count in the Pac-10 standings. The conference showdown between these two teams will take place on Mar. 3 at the LATC.
UCLA in the ITA Rankings . . .
UCLA checks in at No. 11 in the ITA Rankings released on Jan. 27. Defending NCAA Champion Florida is ranked No. 1. Rounding out the top-5 are Stanford, California, Georgia and USC. Individually, Jackie Carleton is ranked No. 17 in singles. In doubles, Carleton and Fisher check in at No. 3. Singles and doubles rankings will not be released again until Feb. 24.
1. Florida 2. Stanford 3. Cal 4. Georgia 5. USC 6. Vanderbilt 7. Washington 8. Northwestern 9. Duke 10. North Carolina 11. UCLA 12. Harvard 13. Kentucky 14. William & Mary 15. Clemson 16. VCU 17. Texas 18. South Alabama 19. Arizona State 20. Fresno State 21. Notre Dame 22. Miami 23. Tennessee 24. Illinois 25. Texas A&M
UNLV Match Rescheduled for Mar. 31 . . .
The Bruins were scheduled to open up the season against UNLV last Friday, however both schools decided to reschedule the match for Mar. 31 at 11:00 a.m.
UCLA Home Matches Live Via the Internet . . .
All UCLA home matches can be followed live at UCLA's official athletic website www.uclabruins.com. Fans can access the matches by clicking on the "Live Stats" link in the Events Calendar on the front page or by going into the women's tennis schedule. There is also a link on the women's tennis page.
Head Coach Stella Sampras Webster . . .
Stella Sampras Webster enters her eighth season as the head coach of the UCLA women's tennis program with a career record of 114-69 (.623). In her first seven seasons at UCLA, Sampras Webster guided the Bruins to six top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, including four top-5 showings (1997, 2000 2002 and 2003). In addition, UCLA has reached the NCAA Quarterfinals three out of the last four years (2000, 2002 and 2003). Under her tutelage, the Bruins have finished in the top-10 nationally, six out of seven years. In 2000, Sampras Webster was named the ITA West Region Coach of the Year. A 1991 graduate of UCLA with a degree in Psychology, Sampras Webster enjoyed a successful four-year career as a Bruin player from 1987-91 and competed on the pro circuit for a season prior to joining Zaima's staff. An NCAA Doubles Champion as a freshman in 1988 with Allyson Cooper, Sampras Webster was also the NCAA doubles runner-up as a senior in 1991 with Kimberly Po. She is one of only five four-time All-Americans in UCLA women's tennis history.