May 16, 2000
NCAA Women's Tennis Championships
May 18-26 - Malibu, Calif.
@ Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center
Host: Pepperdine University
#9 UCLA (16-8) vs. #8 Texas (24-5)
NCAA Third Round Match
Thursday, May 18 -5:00 p.m.
Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center
UCLA Women's Tennis Quick Facts
Overall Record: 16-8
Pac-10 Finish: 6-2 (T2nd)
National Ranking: No. 9 - Spring 15 (5/10)
Head Coach: Stella Sampras (Fourth Season)
Current Career Dual-match Record: 67-33
Bruins Gearing up for NCAA Team Championships . . .
No. 9 UCLA will be in Malibu, Calif. for the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships, May 18-26 at Pepperdine University. The Bruins open up the Championships against No. 8 Texas on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. A win for UCLA would set up a potential quarterfinal matchup with top-ranked Stanford on Friday. Joining UCLA, Texas and Stanford in the 16-team Championships this week are, Northwestern, LSU, Notre Dame, Georgia, Wake Forest, Florida, Tennessee, Cal, Vanderbilt, Duke, Arizona State, South Alabama and USC. The singles and doubles portion of the NCAA Championships begin on Monday, May 22 and run through May 26. Sara Walker and Annica Cooper will be competing in the singles tournament, while the teams of Amanda Basica/Walker and Cooper/Abigail Spears will represent UCLA in the doubles draw.
UCLA Downs Georgia Tech 6-0 in NCAA Regional Final . . .
Last weekend at the Los Angeles Tennis Center, UCLA hosted a regional with Boston University, Washington and Georgia Tech. The Bruins knocked off Boston Univ. 6-0 in the first round, setting up a regional-final matchup with Georgia Tech, a 5-3 first-round winner over Washington. In the final on Saturday, UCLA easily defeated Georgia Tech 6-0, thus qualifying for the NCAA Team Championships in Malibu.
Bruins vs. the NCAA Tournament Field . . .
UCLA has faced six teams in this year's NCAA Tournament field including, Stanford, Texas, USC, Arizona State, Georgia and Cal. The Bruins own a 5-5 record against these teams, having met the four Pac-10 schools twice and Texas and Georgia once. See page 3 for a complete breakdown.
Bruins Have Success in Malibu . . .
The last time the NCAA's were held at Pepperdine, in 1995, UCLA's Keri Phebus took home the singles title and teamed with Susie Starrett for the doubles championship. Phebus defeated Kelly Pace of Texas 6-2, 6-3 in the singles championship, then teamed with Starrett to defeat Christina Moros and Pace 6-3, 6-3 for the doubles crown.
Bruins vs. Longhorns...Take Two!
On March 4, then-No. 14 UCLA defeated then-No. 9 Texas 5-4 at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center in Austin. Texas took a 4-2 lead heading into doubles play, however UCLA won all three doubles matches to secure the 5-4 victory. The match was eventually decided at No. 1 doubles, where UCLA's Amanda Basica and Sara Walker won a tight, 9-8(4) decision over Texas' Janet Walker/Kaysie Smashey.
March 4, 2000 @ Austin, Tex.
#14 UCLA 5, #9 Texas 4
1. Janet Walker (Texas) def. Sara Walker (UCLA) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
2. Vladka Uhlirova (Texas) def. Amanda Basica (UCLA) 7-5, 6-3
3. Abigail Spears (UCLA) def. Rebekah Forney (Texas) 6-2, 1-6, 6-1
4. Kaysie Smashey (Texas) def. Elizabeth Schmidt (UCLA) 6-4, 6-2
5. Annica Cooper (UCLA) def. Ziva Grasic (Texas) 6-3, 6-2
6. Pauline Trinchant (Texas) def. Catherine Hawley (UCLA) 6-4, 7-5
1. Basica/Walker (UCLA) def. Walker/Smashey (Texas) 9-8 (4)
2. Schmidt/Spears (UCLA) def. Uhlirova/Forney (Texas) 8-6
3. Petya Marinova/Cooper (UCLA) def. Grasic/Trinchant (Texas) 8-5
Bruin Freshman Claims Pac-10 Singles Title! . . .
UCLA freshman tennis player Sara Walker turned in one of the most dominating performances ever at the Pac-10 Championships on April 30, downing Arizona State's Allison Bradshaw 6-1, 6-1 to claim the conference singles title. En route to the championship, Walker did not drop a set in five matches. She becomes the first UCLA player to win the singles championship at Ojai since teammate Annica Cooper won the title as a sophomore back in 1998.
Walker Ranked No. 2 in Latest ITA Rankings . . .
Sara Walker moved up five spots to No. 2 in the latest singles rankings released on May 3 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Walker, a freshman from El Paso, Tex., was ranked No. 7 the past two weeks and trails only Stanford Sophomore Marissa Irvin, who moved up one spot from No. 2 to No. 1. Behind Walker, Bruin senior Annica Cooper is UCLA's next highest ranked singles player at No. 47. Freshman Abigail Spears and senior Amanda Basica check in at Nos. 77 and 79 respectively. In doubles, Walker and Basica moved back into the ITA top-10 at No. 9 after being ranked No. 14 the previous week. Elizabeth Schmidt and Spears check in at No. 39. Entering the doubles rankings for the first time this season is Cooper and Petya Marinova at No. 42.
All-Pac-10 Honors Announced . . .
Following her impressive run at the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai, Sara Walker was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year on May 9, as announced by the Conference office. In addition, she was UCLA's lone first-team All-Pac-10 selection. Behind Walker, senior Annica Cooper earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors, while freshman Abigail Spears was named All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention.
Pac-10 Player of the Year - Marissa Irvin, Stanford
Women's Doubles Team of the Year - Lindsay Blau/Michelle Gough, Arizona
Women's Freshman of the Year - Sara Walker, UCLA
Women's Coach of the Year - Frank Brennan, Stanford
UCLA in the ITA Team Rankings . . .
As a team, UCLA remained at No. 9 in the nation last week for the second straight week. The Bruins have been ranked as high as No. 5 (4/5) and as low as No. 14 (2/23-3/1) this season. UCLA was ranked No. 6 to start the year and has been in the top-10, 13 of the ranking's 16 weeks.
Cooper Eyes Fourth All-America Honor . . .
Bruin senior Annica Cooper has a chance to do what only four other Bruins in the history of UCLA women's tennis have ever done ? earn All-America honors four straight years. She is aiming to become the first Bruin since 1995 NCAA Singles and Doubles Champion Keri Phebus achieved the feat from 1993-96. Other four-time All-American Bruins include, Mamie Ceniza (1989-92), Kathy O'Brien (1979-82) and Stella Sampras (1988-91).
UCLA's NCAA Tournament History . . .
UCLA is one of only two schools (Stanford is the other) to make every NCAA Tournament since it began back in 1982. The Bruins are making a record 18th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. In 1998, UCLA made its first appearance in NCAA Regionals after being selected as an automatic qualifier to the NCAA Championships the previous 16 years. Last season marked the first year ever that the Bruins did not qualify for the 16-Team NCAA Championships after losing in the regional final to South Alabama.
UCLA's All-Time Final Four Finishes
1996 - 3rd (NCAA)
1991 - 2nd (NCAA)
1990 - 3rd (NCAA)
1989 - 2nd (NCAA)
1988 - 3rd (NCAA)
1983 - 3rd (NCAA)
1982 - 2nd (NCAA)
1981 - 1st (AIAW)
1979 - 4th (AIAW)
1978 - 3rd (AIAW)
1976 - 4th (USTA)
1973 - 2nd (USTA)
Bruins Selected for NCAA Individual Championships . . .
No. 2-ranked Sara Walker headlines a cast of five Bruins selected to compete in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships, May 22-26 at the Ralph-Straus Tennis Center on the campus of Pepperdine University. The individual championships begin the day after the NCAA Team Finals, May 18-21. Joining Walker in the singles draw will be Bruin senior Annica Cooper, who is making her fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Singles Draw. In doubles, UCLA sends two teams to the championships as Walker and Amanda Basica make up one Bruin tandem and Elizabeth Schmidt and Abigail Spears make up the other. Both Walker and Spears are making their first appearance in the NCAA Championships.
UCLA's Singles & Doubles National Champions
1995 - Keri Phebus
1978 - Jeanne Duvall
1995 - Keri Phebus/Susie Starrett
1992 - Mamie Ceniza/Iwalani McCalla
1988 - Allyson Cooper/Stella Sampras
1982 - Heather Ludloff/Lynn Lewis
Popescu Missed in Bruin Lineup . . .
Junior Cristina Popescu, who played No. 1 for the Bruins last season before tearing her patella tendon in a match with USC on Mar. 3, has been sidelined for most of the Bruins' 2000 campaign. A 1998 second-team All-Pac selection, Popescu owns a 32-15 overall singles record at UCLA and was 15-5 in 1999 before her injury. She has yet to play a singles match for UCLA this season and owns a 1-3 doubles record.
Stella Sampras - No Stranger to NCAA Competition . . .
UCLA head coach Stella Sampras enjoyed a successful four-year career as a Bruin player from 1987-91. An NCAA Doubles Champion as a freshman in 1988 with Allyson Cooper, Sampras was also the NCAA doubles runner-up as a senior in 1991 with Kimberly Po. A four-time All-American, Sampras was only the second player in UCLA history to obtain this status. She also won the 1989 and '91 Pac-10 doubles championship and the 1990 Rolex Regional doubles title. She completed her UCLA career ranked No. 3 nationally in doubles and No. 42 in singles. Team accomplishments were most important to Sampras, who helped lead the Bruins to four straight NCAA Top-3 finishes.
16-8 Overall, 6-2 Pac-10 (2nd)
JANUARY 19 FRESNO STATE W 8-1 21 CS NORTHRIDGE W 6-1 28 @ Arizona (31)* L 4-5 29 @ Arizona State (12)* W 6-3
FEBRUARY 8 PEPPERDINE (7) L 3-5 11 @ Oregon* W 5-4 24 LMU W 8-1 25 UC IRVINE W 7-2
MARCH 1 @ USC (7) W 5-4 4 @ Texas (9) W 5-4 5 vs. Georgia (3) L 4-5 10 ARIZONA STATE (7) L 3-6 11 ARIZONA W 3-6 14 @ Pepperdine (10) L 1-5 17 ILLINOIS W 7-2
APRIL 1 USC (7)* W 6-3 7 STANFORD (1) L 2-7 8 CAL (8) L 3-6 14 WASHINGTON* W 7-2 15 WASHINGTON ST.* W 7-2 21 @ Cal* (4) W 5-4 22 @ Stanford* (1) L 2-7 27-28 @ Pac-10's All Day
MAY 12 BOSTON UNIV.! W 6-0 13 GEORGIA TECH! W 6-0 18-26 NCAA Championships^ TBD
LATC - Los Angeles Tennis Center All times are local to match site * Pac-10 Conference Match ! NCAA Regionals (@UCLA) ^ NCAA Championship (@Pepperdine)
UCLA Record Breakdown All Matches 16-8 Home 11-4 Away 5-3 Neutral 0-1 Pac-10 Matches 6-2 Home 3-0 Away 3-2 Neutral 0-0 vs. Regional Opponents 6-4 vs. Top-25 Opponents 5-8 vs. Top-10 Opponents 4-7
ITA Top-30 1. Stanford 2. Georgia 3. Wake Forest 4. Florida 5. California 6. Duke 7. Pepperdine 8. Texas 9. UCLA 10. Vanderbilt 11. Arizona State 12. USC 13. Notre Dame 14. Northwestern 15. William & Mary 16. Mississippi 17. South Alabama 18. Tennessee 19. Baylor 20. South Carolina 21. Arizona 22. Florida State 23. Clemson 24. TCU 25. Washington 26. Ohio State 27. Tulsa 28. Minnesota 29. San Diego St. 30. South Florida
UCLA in the ITA Rankings Fall 6 Spring 1(2/2) 8 Spring 2(2/9) 8 Spring 3(2/16) 11 Spring 4(2/23) 14 Spring 5(3/1) 14 Spring 6(3/8) 9 Spring 7(3/15) 7 Spring 8(3/22) 9 Spring 9(3/29) 8 Spring 10(4/5) 5 Spring 11(4/12) 8 Spring 12(4/19) 8 Spring 13(4/26) 8 Spring 14 (5/3) 9 Spring 15 (5/10) 9
Pac-10 Conference Final Standings School Conf. Overall 1. Stanford 8-0 25-0 2. California 6-2 17-6 UCLA 6-2 14-8 4. USC 4-4 15-8 Arizona State 4-4 12-7 6. Arizona 3-5 9-11 Washington 3-5 12-9 8. Washington St. 1-7 10-12 Oregon 1-7 6-14
UCLA vs. the NCAA Championship Field School 2000 All-Time Arizona State 1-1 35-12 California 1-1 23-19 Duke DNP 2-1 Florida DNP 7-10 Georgia 0-1 3-4 LSU DNP 0-0 Northwestern DNP 2-1 Notre Dame DNP 4-0 South Alabama DNP 1-1 Stanford 0-2 13-52 Tennessee DNP 2-0 Texas 1-0 6-7 USC 2-0 30-31 Vanderbilt DNP 1-0 Wake Forest DNP 1-0
2000 Bruin Win Streaks Singles Long Current Sara Walker 16 (1/8-3/1) 7 Abigail Spears 8 (1/19-2/25) 2 Annica Cooper 5 (3/1-3/11) 2 Elizabeth Schmidt 4(twice) 2 Amanda Basica 2 (three times) 1 Catherine Hawley 3(three times) 1
Doubles Long Current Cooper/Marinova 9(1/28-4/21) - Basica/Walker 6(1/29-3/4) - Schmidt/Spears 4 (twice) -
Totals 5-5 130-138