Jan. 14, 2002
This Week . . .
@ Pac-10 Indoors - Jan. 18-20
Seattle (Host: U. of Washington)
Bruins Open 2002 at Pac-10 Indoors
The UCLA women's tennis team opens the 2002 season this weekend when it travels to Seattle for the Pac-10 Indoor Championships. The tournament, which is hosted by the University of Washington, is an individual competition featuring the top players from all the Pac-10 schools.
Walker, Bradley in ITA Top-10
Bruin junior Sara Walker and freshman phenom Megan Bradley were both ranked in the top-10 in singles in the latest ITA Fall Rankings released on Dec. 11. Walker, who finished 2001 ranked No. 10 in the country, is ranked No. 6 in the fall edition. In doubles, her and partner Petya Marinova are ranked No. 8. Bradley, a freshman who was widely regarded as the nation's top recruit last year, comes in just behind Walker at No. 7 in the fall rankings. In addition, her and partner Lauren Fisher are ranked No. 13 in doubles. Fisher is the only other Bruins ranked in singles, coming in at No. 81. In doubles, freshman Sarah Gregg and Catherine Hawley are No. 54.
Bruins Check in at No. 16 in Preseason Rankings
As a team, UCLA checked in at No. 16 in the Preseason ITA Team Rankings released on Jan. 8. The Bruins, who finished last season ranked No. 27 in the nation, moved up 11 spots. Defending national champion Stanford is ranked No. 1.
ITA Top-20 (1/8) 1. Stanford 2. Florida 3. Duke 4. Vanderbilt 5. Georgia 6. Tennessee 7. USC 8. Arizona State 9. Northwestern 10. Texas 11. Fresno State 12. Washington 13. California 14. Notre Dame 15. Wake Forest 16. UCLA 17. North Carolina 18. Oklahoma St. 19. Texas A&M 20. Baylor
With five returning players, including first-team All-Pac-10 selection Sara Walker, and the addition of one of the country's best recruiting classes, the 2002 UCLA women's tennis team will no doubt be one of the title contenders when the NCAAs roll around this May. In singles, UCLA possesses a one-two punch as good as any team in the country. The Bruins will be led by returning two-time All-American Sara Walker and freshman standout Megan Bradley, both of whom are ranked in the top-10 in the fall ITA singles rankings. In the Nos. 3-7 positions, the Bruins are fortunate to have five players with enough talent capable to fill any of those spots. Returnees Lauren Fisher, Petya Marinova, Catherine Hawley and Mariko Fritz-Krockow, along with freshman Sarah Gregg, will all see action in the bottom four positions. With two teams ranked in the top-15, UCLA is as strong as it's been in doubles in quite some time. The Bruin duo of Marinova/Walker finished the fall with an impressive 11-1 record, having won titles at the adidas Invitational and the ITA Regionals. They also reached the semifinals at the National Indoors, finishing fall play with a No. 8 national ranking. Right behind Marinova and Walker is the tandem of Bradley and Fisher. They reached the finals at the adidas Invitational and ITA Regionals (falling to Marinova and Walker twice) to finish the fall with a 7-2 overall record and No. 13 national ranking. The third doubles spot has not yet been set, but will likely feature Gregg with either Hawley or Fritz-Krockow. Gregg and Hawley played well enough in the fall to earn a No. 54 ITA ranking.