Jan. 18, 2005
Bruins Open Up 2005 Season This Wednesday . . .
The fourth-ranked UCLA women's tennis team (0-0) kicks off the 2005 dual-match season this Wednesday, hosting local rival Loyola Marymount (0-0) in a 1:30 p.m. contest at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The Bruins defeated the Lions, 7-0 in last year's season opener and lead the all-time series 12-0. All UCLA home matches are free to the public. Those fans unable to attend can follow the LIVE SCORES.
Bercek/Zalameda Capture Doubles Title in Las Vegas . . .
Sophomore Daniela Bercek and freshman Riza Zalameda are coming an outstanding showing at the 2005 Freeman Memorial Tennis Championships in Las Vegas, Nev. The duo captured the doubles title by defeating Stanford's Whitney Deason/Lejla Hodzic, 8-4 in the final.
At the Pac-10 Indoor Championships . . .
Senior Anya Loncaric was the only UCLA player to win a title at the Pac-10 Indoor Championships in Seattle, Wash. last week. Loncaric defeated Stanford's Kara Guzman, 6-4, 6-4 to claim the Flight-III Consolation Championship on Sunday. Alex McGoodwin was in the Flight-I Consolation Final, however she was defeated by USC's Nicole Leimbach, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.
Bruins Begin the Year Ranked No. 4 Nationally . . .
UCLA debuted at No. 4 in the country in the first ITA Team Rankings of the year released on Jan. 11. Defending NCAA Champion Stanford is No. 1, followed by No. 2 Florida and No. 3 Clemson. Northwestern rounds out the top-5 behind UCLA. Individually, freshman Riza Zalameda checks in at No. 9 in singles and is followed by No. 20 Daniela Bercek, No. 122 Alex McGoodwin and No. 125 Elizabeth Lumpkin. In doubles, Bercek and Zalameda are ranked fifth. ITA Top-25 listed below.
New Faces in the Lineup . . .
Tracy Lin, Elizabeth Lumpkin and Riza Zalameda are three newcomers to this year's team who will all likely see a lot of playing time in the lineup. Zalameda, a local product out of Beverly Hills High School, has already made an impact on the college scene. Ranked in the top-10 nationally in both singles and doubles to start the year, Zalameda enjoyed an impressive fall, posting a 10-3 overall singles record. She won the ITA West Regionals in October, earning a spot in the ITA National Indoor Championships. She will likely team with Daniela Bercek at the No. 1 doubles position. Lin, another Southern California player, was a CIF Singles Champion at Canyon High School in Anaheim. She could play anywhere from No. 3-6 in the lineup. Her brother, Eric, was an All-American tennis player at UCLA, lettering from 1994-97. Lumpkin, from Naperville, Ill., arrives in Westwood as the only player in Illinois' high school history to capture four state championships. Like Lin, she will likely play somewhere in the Nos. 3-6 positions. She begins the season ranked No. 125 in the nation in singles play.
Bercek Looking to Build on Strong 2004 . . .
UCLA's top player Daniela Bercek is coming off an outstanding freshman campaign, capped off by claiming the NCAA Doubles Title with partner Lauren Fisher. Bercek, who earned Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors last season, ended the year with a 25-6 overall singles record, including a 36-13 mark in doubles play. She earned All-America honors in both singles and doubles, ending the season ranked in the top-20 in both areas (No. 12 in doubles and No. 16 in singles).
Head Coach Stella Sampras Webster . . .
Stella Sampras Webster is entering her ninth season as head coach at UCLA, owning a 133-77 (.633) overall record. In her eight seasons in Westwood, the Bruins have finished in the top-10 at the NCAA Championships seven times, including a trip to the finals in 2004.
ITA TOP-25 TEAM (Jan. 11) 1. Stanford 2. Florida 3. Clemson 4. UCLA 5. Northwestern 6. Vanderbilt 7. USC 8. Duke 9. Tulane 10. Washington 11. Texas 12. Miami 13. Georgia 14. Kentucky 15. North Carolina 16. Texas A&M 17. Cal 18. Tennessee 19. TCU 20. Michigan 21. Fresno State 21. Notre Dame 23. LSU 24. New Mexico 25. BYU