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Women's Tennis Readies For Second Clash With USC
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  03/24/2000

March 24, 2000

vs. No. 7 USC
Saturday, April 1
Los Angeles Tennis Center
1:30 p.m.

This Week . . .
No. 9 UCLA women's tennis hosts cross-town rival No. 7 USC on Saturday, Apr. 1 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center beginning at Noon...USC is coming off a 7-2 win over Fresno State this past Wednesday and is 12-3 on the season...The Bruins and Women of Troy faced off earlier this season at USC, with UCLA winning a close 5-4 decision back on Mar. 1.

Most Recent . . .
The Bruins are coming off a strong performance after beating Illinois 7-2 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on Mar. 17...Playing its fourth consecutive match without No. 1 player Sara Walker, UCLA received a strong performance from current No. 1 Amanda Basica, as she defeated Simone Kung 6-2, 6-4...The Bruins went on to sweep all three doubles matches and won four of six singles matches for the 7-2 victory...On Mar. 14 at Pepperdine, UCLA wasn't as fortunate, falling 5-1 to the Waves in Malibu...UCLA's lone victory came at No. 6 singles, where Catherine Hawley knocked off Anh Nguyen 6-2, 4-6, 6-2...With the match already decided after singles play, doubles was not contested.

ITA Rankings - Walker Breaks Into Top-10 . . .
Following its loss to Pepperdine, UCLA moved down from No. 7 to No. 9 in the latest ITA rankings released on Wed., Mar. 22...The Bruins have been as high at No. 6 this season (Fall Edition)...In singles, Sara Walker moved into the top-10 for the first time this season as she is currently at No. 9 nationally...At No. 43, Amanda Basica is the Bruins' next-highest ranked player and she is followed by Annica Cooper at No. 91...Walker and Basica are listed at No. 8 in doubles, making up UCLA's only ranked doubles team.

Walker Expected to Return Against USC . . .
After missing the last four matches while back home in El Paso, Tex. dealing with a family related matter, No. 1 Sara Walker will see her first action since Mar. 5 when the Bruins host USC on Apr. 1...Ranked No. 9 in singles and No. 8 in doubles (w/Basica), Walker owns UCLA's best record at 24-5 and is 10-1 in dual matches this season...Her return will be a much needed boost for the Bruins, who are 8-3 with her and 2-2 without her.

Last Time vs. USC . . .
Back on Mar. 1, the then-No. 14 Bruins upset No. 7 USC 5-4 at the Marks Tennis Stadium on the campus of USC...In singles, only Sara Walker and Annica Cooper managed to notch victories for UCLA as USC held a 4-2 advantage heading into doubles play...The Bruins responded however, tying the match at 4-4 with doubles victories at the No. 2 and 3 positions...The match was decided when Walker and Amanda Basica defeated USC's Brymer/Warkentin 8-5 at No. 1 doubles.

                 Singles Records DualTourn.  All
 Player               Match       Matches   Matches
 Amanda Basica         7-7          3-4     10-11
 Annica Cooper         9-4          6-4     15-8
 Jennifer Donahue      1-2          1-1      2-3
 Catherine Hawley      5-4          6-8     11-12
 Petya Marinova        1-6          2-5      3-11
 Cristina Popescu       -            -        -
 Elizabeth Schmidt     6-9          6-6     12-15
 Abigail Spears       12-3          7-5     19-8
 Michelle Stiefel      0-1          1-2      1-3
 Sara Walker          10-1         14-4     24-5
 Zana Zlebnik          0-2                   0-2
 Totals               51-39        46-39    97-78

2000 Schedule/Results 10-5 Overall Date Opponent/Tour. Site Result JANUARY 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 FEBRUARY 8 PEPPERDINE LATC L 3-5 11 @ Oregon Eugene W 5-4 24 LMU LATC W 8-1 25 UC IRVINE LATC W 7-2 MARCH 1 @ USC Los Angeles W 5-4 4 @ Texas Austin, TX W 5-4 5 vs. Georgia Austin, TX L 5-4 10 ARIZONA STATE LATC L 3-6 11 ARIZONA LATC W 3-6 14 @ Pepperdine Malibu, CA L 5-1 17 ILLINOIS LATC W 7-2


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