Feb. 20, 2000
#11 UCLA vs. Loyola Marymount
Thursday, Feb. 24
LATC - 1:30 p.m.
#11 UCLA vs. UC Irvine
Friday, Feb. 25
LATC - 1:30 p.m.
This Week . . .
Following a two-week layoff, No. 11 UCLA returns to action this Thursday, Feb. 24 when it hosts Loyola Marymount at the Los Angeles Tennis Center beginning at 1:30 p.m. The following afternoon, the Bruins host UC Irvine at the LATC, also at 1:30 p.m.
Most Recent . . .
The then-No. 8 ranked UCLA women's tennis team pulled out a close 5-4 victory over Oregon in Eugene on Feb. 11. With the match tied at 3-3 heading into doubles play, the Bruins won two of three doubles matches to secure the 5-4 decision. In singles action, Sara Walker improved to 20-4 on the season and 6-0 in dual-match action, beating No. 61 Alina Wygnowska 6-2, 6-3. Abigail Spears, seeing her first action at No. 2 singles after playing the five previous matches at No. 4, beat Monika Gieczys 6-2, 6-3. Also impressive on the afternoon was Annica Cooper, who won 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 4 slot.
Freshmen Duo Making Immediate Impact . . .
In UCLA's 5-4 win over Oregon on Friday, freshmen Sara Walker and Abigail Spears not only played in the top two singles positions, they each improved to 6-0 in dual-match competition as well. With her win over No. 61 Alina Wygonowska or Oregon, Walker, the team's No. 1 player in four of UCLA's six matches this season, improved to 20-4 on the season. On Jan. 16 she won both the singles and doubles titles (w/Basic) at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic, becoming the first freshman ever to do so. Spears, ranked No. 9 nationally in the USTA Girl's 18s division last year as a junior, is 13-5 overall this season.
UCLA in the ITA Rankings . . .
As a team, UCLA debuted at No. 8 in the Fall ITA rankings and is now at No. 11. In singles, Sara Walker moved up from No. 46 to No. 16 in the latest individual rankings released on Feb. 16. Amanda Basica, who was unraked in the fall, is now listed at No. 48. In doubles, Basica and Walker make up UCLA's only ranked doubles team as they check in at No. 27. Walker Featured in SI's "Faces in the Crowd" . . . The Feb. 7 edition of Sports Illustrated featured Bruin freshman Sara Walker, who won both the singles and doubles titles at the prestigious National Collegiate Tennis Classic on Jan. 16. En route to the championship, she defeated teammate Amanda Basica 6-1, 6-2 in the semifinals and No. 4 ranked Jewel Peterson of USC 7-5, 6-0 in the final.
Singles Rcd Dual Tourn. All Player Match Matches Matches Amanda Basica 3-2 3-4 6-6 Annica Cooper 2-2 6-4 8-6 Jennifer Donahue 1-2 1-1 2-3 Catherine Hawley 6-8 6-8 Petya Marinova 1-2 2-5 3-7 Cristina Popescu Elizabeth Schmidt 3-3 6-6 9-9 Abigail Spears 6-0 7-5 13-5 Michelle Stiefel 0-1 1-2 1-3 Sara Walker 6-0 14-4 20-4 Zana Zlebnik 0-2 0-2 Totals 22-14 46-39 68-53
2000 Schedule/Results4-2 Overall, 2-1 Pac-10
Date Opponent/Tour. Site Time/Result
19 FRESNO STATE LATC W 8-1
21 CS NORTHRIDGE LATC W 6-1
28 @ Arizona (31) Tucson L 4-5
29 @ Arizona State (12) Tempe W 6-3
8 PEPPERDINE LATC L 3-5
11 @ Oregon Eugene W 5-4
24 LMU LATC 1:30 p.m.
25 UC IRVINE LATC 1:30 p.m.