Jan. 13, 2003
Up Next . . .
The No. 7 UCLA women's tennis team will open its 2003 campaign at the Pac-10 Indoor Championships at the Nordstrom Tennis Center in Seattle, Jan. 17-19.
Bruins Check in at No. 7 in Preseason ITA Rankings . . .
The 2003 UCLA women's tennis team will start in the seventh spot of the preseason ITA top-25. Over the course of the season, the Bruins will face seven top-25 teams, including six of its Pac-10 foes as well as the University of Texas. The other seven teams on UCLA's schedule appear in the ITA's top 75.
ITA Top-25 (1/13) 1. Stanford 2. Florida 3. Georgia 4. Duke 5. North Carolina 6. Arizona State 7. UCLA 8. Vanderbilt 9. USC 10. California 11. Tennessee 12. Northwestern 13. Texas 14. Kentucky 15. Wake Forest 16. William & Mary 17. UNLV 18. Georgia Tech 19. South Carolina 20. Arizona 21. Washington 22. Notre Dame 23. Texas A&M 24. Miami 25. VCU
UCLA Home Matches Live Via the Internet . . .
All UCLA home matches can be followed live at www.uclabruins.com via the "Live Stats" link in the Events Calendar or by going to the women's tennis schedule.
Another Talented Freshman Class . . .
Seven freshmen complement a roster headed by just four upperclassmen. Jackie Carleton, who will be competing for time in the top half of the lineup, has been ranked as high as No. 6 in he USTA Girls' 18s division and was a two-time singles finalist at the USTA International Grasscourt Championships. Feriel Esseghir and Susi Wild will likely see time in the top-half of the lineup. Esseghir comes to UCLA as the No. 1 player in Algeria, having reached the round of 16 at the French Open Juniors in 2001 and being ranked in the top-400 in singles on the WTA Tour. Wild, a newcomer from Germany, was a top-10 junior player in Germany and most recently has turned in solid results in a number of lower level professional tournaments in Europe. Laura Gordon, of Aspen, CO, qualified for the main draw at the Omni Hotels ITA Regionals in October, advancing to the round of 16. Rounding out the singles lineup in 2003 will be freshmen Shilpa Joshi, Nina Yaftali and Kate Jolson. All three were highly ranked players in Southern California and will be pushing for playing time in the top-6 of the singles lineup.
Head Coach Stella Sampras Webster . . .
Stella Sampras Webster is currently in her seventh season as the head coach of the UCLA women's tennis program with a career record of 96-58. Sampras succeeded longtime head coach Bill Zaima, who retired following the 1995-96 season. In her first six seasons at UCLA, Sampras guided the Bruins to five top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, including three top-5 showings (1997, 2000, and 2002). In 2000, she was named the ITA West Region Coach of the Year. The former Stella Sampras married Steve Webster on January 3, 2003.