Feb. 23, 2004
Bruins Hit the Road This Week . . .
Eighth-ranked UCLA (5-3) will hit the road this week for its final pair of non-conference matches before Pac-10 play begins next week. On Tuesday, the Bruins head to Malibu for a 1:30 p.m. meeting with Pepperdine (5-1). UCLA leads the all-time series, 37-12, defeating the Waves three times in 2003, including in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Following that match, the Bruins head to Austin, TX for a showdown with No. 16 Texas (4-1) on Sunday at Noon. Texas leads the all-time series, 9-8, however UCLA registered a 6-1 victory at the LATC last year.
* Please Note:Due to a chance of rain on Wednesday, the Pepperdine match was moved up a day to Tuesday.
Rain Delays ASU Match, Cancels Arizona Showdown . . .
Steady rain in the Los Angeles area made life difficult for local schools over the weekend. Friday's match with No. 18 ASU was delayed nearly three and a half hours before the Bruins posted a 5-1 victory under the lights of the LATC. The match started with singles play under the agreement that doubles would only be played if absolutely necessary. Fortunately for UCLA, five Bruins registered straight set singles victories, clinching the dual match. UCLA was supposed to host Arizona on Saturday, however that match was cancelled and is not currently scheduled to be made up.
Bercek Continues Hot Streak . . .
Although she arrived at UCLA just this January, freshman Daniela Bercek has already made her presence felt in a big way. Anchoring UCLA's No. 2 singles position, Bercek is 9-1 overall and 6-0 in dual-match play. She reached the Flight-I singles final at the Pac-10 Indoors, defeating No. 2-ranked Raquel Kops-Jones in the semifinals.
UCLA in the ITA Rankings . . .
UCLA checks in at No. 8 in the ITA Rankings released on Feb. 10. Stanford is ranked No. 1, followed by Florida, Georgia, Cal and Washington. Individually, Jackie Carleton is ranked No. 17 in singles and No. 3 in doubles with Lauren Fisher. New team and individual rankings will be released on Feb. 24.
ITA Top-25 (2/10) 1. Stanford 2. Florida 3. Georgia 4. Cal 5. Washington 6. Vanderbilt 7. Northwestern 8. UCLA 9. North Carolina 10. Duke 11. Harvard 12. Kentucky 13. Clemson 14. VCU 15. USC 16. Texas 17. William & Mary 18. ASU 19. Texas A&M 20. BYU 21. Fresno State 22. Miami 23. Tennessee 24. Illinois 25. Michigan
New Doubles Pairings . . .
Despite having the nation's No. 3-ranked doubles team, head coach Stella Sampras Webster decided to split up Jackie Carleton and Lauren Fisher in order to experiment with some new combinations. Fisher has been playing with Daniela Bercek at the No. 1 position, while Carleton has teamed up with Feriel Esseghir at the No. 2 spot. Both new teams are 2-0 since pairing together. The Bruins have stayed consistent at the No. 3 spot with Laura Gordon and Alex McGoodwin.
UNLV Match Rescheduled for Mar. 31 . . .
The Bruins were scheduled to open up the season against UNLV on Jan. 23, 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.