March 11, 2002
vs. (4) DukeTuesday, Mar. 12 - 1:30 p.m. Los Angeles Tennis Center
Up Next . . .
The No. 8 UCLA women's tennis team will play its highest ranked opponent of the 2002 season on Tuesday when No. 4 Duke visits the Los Angeles Tennis Center for a 1:30 p.m. match. The Bruins and Blue Devils have met three times in the past, with UCLA leading the series 2-1. Duke won the last meeting between the two teams, registering a 4-3 win over the Bruins at the National Team Indoors back in 1997.
Bruins Check in at No. 8 in Latest ITA Rankings . . .
After checking in at No. 16 in the preseason ITA Rankings and then moving up to No. 11 two weeks ago, UCLA moved up four spots to No. 7 in the latest rankings released on Feb. 27. The Bruins fell one spot to No. 8 last week following a loss to No. 10 Texas on Mar. 2. New team rankings will be released this Wednesday.
ITA Top-25 (3/6) 1.Georgia 2. Vanderbilt 3. Stanford 4. Duke 5. Florida 6. Wake Forest 7. Texas 8. UCLA 9. ASU 10. Tennessee 11. Kentucky 12. North Carolina 13. Northwestern 14. Cal 15. USC 16. Fresno State 17. William & Mary 18. Notre Dame 19. Baylor 20. Washington 21. Alabama 22. Georgia Tech 23. South Carolina 24. Oklahoma State 25. Texas A&M
Individually Speaking . . .
UCLA is the only school in the country with two players currently listed in the top-5 of the Omni Hotels Singles Rankings. When the latest individual rankings were released on Mar. 6, Sara Walker was No. 4 in the nation and Megan Bradley checked in at No. 5. Walker and Bradley are UCLA's only 20-match winners this season, as Walker is 23-6 overall and Bradley is 21-3. UCLA is also the only school in the country to have two doubles teams in the top-5 nationally. The Bruins' top doubles team of Petya Marinova and Walker are ranked No. 3 in the country, while Bradley and Lauren Fisher are close behind at No. 5.
Freshman Phenom Megan Bradley . . .
Saying freshman Megan Bradley has made a smooth transition to college tennis would be an understatement. Currently ranked No. 5 in the nation in both singles and doubles, Bradley has played No. 1 singles for UCLA in 10 of 11 dual matches this season, posting an impressive 9-1 mark. She won her first collegiate tournament back in September, taking the singles title at the adidas Invitational. Bradley currently owns a 21-3 overall record. Prior to arriving at UCLA, she was a member of Team USA and was the No. 1 ranked player in the USTA Girls' 18s singles rankings.
Head Coach Stella Sampras . . .
Stella Sampras is currently in her sixth season as the head coach of the UCLA women's tennis program with a career record of 86-55. Sampras became only the third head coach in UCLA women's tennis history when she was named the successor to longtime head coach Bill Zaima, who announced his retirement effective the end of the 1995-96 season. In her first five seasons at UCLA, Sampras guided the Bruins to four top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, including two top-5 showings (1997 and 2000). In 2000, she was named the ITA West Region Coach of the Year.