April 24, 2002
Up Next . . .
The No. 6-ranked UCLA women's tennis team heads to Ojai, Calif. for the Pac-10 Championships, April 25-28. Petya Marinova, Sarah Gregg and Catherine Hawley are all entered in the Pac-10 singles draw which begins Thursday. In the Pac-10 doubles draw, Marinova and Sara Walker are the No. 1 seed and Megan Bradley and Lauren Fisher are seeded No. 2. The only Bruin in the Pac-10 Invitational singles draw is Mariko Fritz-Krockow. She will also team with Gregg in the Pac-10 Invitational doubles draw.
UCLA's Ojai History . . .
Junior Sara Walker was the last Bruin to win a Pac-10 singles title as she defeated ASU's Allison Bradshaw, 6-1, 6-1 back in 2000. Prior to that, three other Bruins have won Pac-10 singles titles (Jane Thomas - 1987, Keri Phebus - 1995, Annica Cooper - 1998). In doubles, the Bruin tandem of Mariko Fritz-Krockow and Walker are the defending champs after winning the title in 2001. Unfortunately they will not get a chance to defend their title this year as both are playing with different partners. Three other Bruin teams have won Pac-10 doubles titles (Ceniza/Sampras - 1989, Po/Sampras - 1991, Phebus/Yaroshuk - 1996).
UCLA in the Rankings . . .
As a team, the Bruins jumped three spots to No. 6 in the latest Omni Hotels Collegiate Rankings released on April 17. Individually, UCLA and Stanford are the only schools in the country with two players currently listed in the top-10 of the singles rankings. Megan Bradley checks in at No. 3 and Sara Walker is ranked No. 9. In addition, Petya Marinova is ranked No. 74 in the nation. UCLA is the only school in the country to have two doubles teams in the top-10 nationally. The Bruins' top doubles team of Petya Marinova and Walker are ranked No. 2 in the nation, while Bradley and Lauren Fisher are close behind at No. 5. New rankings will be released May 1.
Bradley vs. the Best . . .
Freshman Megan Bradley, UCLA's No. 1 player in all but three matches this season, owns a 27-6 overall singles record and is ranked No. 3 nationally. What's even more impressive, however, is the fact that she is 17-6 against the ITA Top-100 and owns victories over four top-10 players (#3 Adria Engel, #3 Kelly McCain, #5 Sara Walker, #8 Jewel Peterson). All of her losses have come against players ranked in the top-100.
Walker Dominates in No. 2 Slot . . .
After serving as UCLA's top singles player the past two years, Bruin junior Sara Walker has been in the No. 2 position for all but three matches this season and is making the most of it. Walker, who is arguably the country's best No. 2 player with an ITA singles ranking of No. 8, owns a 29-9 overall record and is 14-5 in dual-match play. She has four wins over players ranked in the ITA Top-20 and owned an eight-match winning streak from Jan. 25 - Feb. 23.