Jan. 22, 2001
The No. 9 UCLA women's tennis team opens up the 2001 dual-match season this weekend at the Los Angeles Tennis Center, hosting No. 24 Arizona on Friday at 1:30 p.m. and No. 7 ASU on Saturday beginning at Noon. UCLA leads the all-time series with Arizona 41-8, as the two teams split the series last season with each team winning on its home court. The Bruins are 35-12 all-time against ASU. The Bruins defeated ASU in Tempe last season and the Sun Devils returned the favor in Westwood later in the year.
Bruins Debut at No. 9 in Preseason ITA Rankings
Coming off a quarterfinal showing at the NCAA Championships last spring, UCLA debuted at No. 9 in the preseason ITA rankings released in December. Three other Pac-10 teams join UCLA in the top-10, including No. 1 Stanford, No. 5 Cal and No. 7 Arizona State.
Walker Back at Full Strength
Following a back injury suffered at last year's NCAA Championships, UCLA No. 1 Sara Walker took the summer off to recover and is now back at full strength in time for UCLA's dual-match opener this Friday. Despite being selected for the ITA Summer Team, Walker saw little action over the break, playing only in the qualifying of the Manhattan Beach Open. She posted a 6-3 record in fall play and debuted at No. 3 in the preseason ITA singles rankings.
Hawley Reaches Flight II Finals at Pac-10 Indoors
UCLA junior Catherine Hawley won three straight matches, including a semifinal victory over top-seeded Maureen Diaz of USC, en route to the finals of the Flight II draw at the Pac-10 Indoor Championships Jan. 12-14. Hawley didn't drop a set until the final, losing in straight sets to Cal's Christina Fusano, 6-3, 6-3.
Bruins Return Seven Letterwinners From 2000
Though the Bruins will be without the services of All-Americans Amanda Basica, Annica Cooper and Elizabeth Schmidt in 2001, UCLA returns seven players from last year's squad, including No. 1 player Sara Walker. Zana Zlebnik, Catherine Hawley and Petya Marinova are all expected to see significant time in the top-half of the Bruin lineup, while Cristina Popescu, Jennifer Donahue and Michelle Stiefel will add depth to a very talented Bruin squad.
Fritz-Krockow, Fisher Ready to Make Immediate Impact
Two newcomers to this year's team expected to contribute right away are Mariko Fritz-Krockow and Lauren Fisher. Fritz-Krockow, a native of Tokyo, Japan, comes to UCLA after an outstanding junior career at the international level. She has been ranked as high as No. 75 in the ITF World Junior Rankings and has competed in both Junior Wimbledon and the Connelly Cup. Fisher, out of Pittsburgh, Penn., was ranked third in the country in doubles in 1999 and was a member of Team USA (formerly the U.S. National Team).