Feb. 9, 2004
Bruins to Host Two Matches This Week . . .
UCLA, ranked No. 8 in the latest ITA National Poll, will welcome UC Irvine and No. 21 Fresno State to the Los Angeles Tennis Center this week. The Bruins (2-3) will face UC Irvine (2-1) on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. UCLA leads the all-time series with the Anteaters, 30-2. The Bruins will be back in action the following day taking on Fresno State (1-0) also at 1:30 p.m. The Bruins own a 6-1 all-time record against the Bulldogs.
UCLA Returns From National Team Indoors . . .
UCLA defeated No. 8 North Carolina, 5-2 in the opening round of play at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors last week in Madison, Wis. The Bruins, however, were beaten 6-1 the following day by top-seeded Stanford. Despite the loss, Bruin freshman Alex McGoodwin was the bright spot for UCLA, defeating seventh-ranked Erin Burdette in straight sets. Following the loss, UCLA was sent to the consolation bracket where it fell to No. 6 Vanderbilt, 5-2 on Saturday.
Fisher Returns to Singles Action . . .
After missing all of last season due to injury, Bruin junior Lauren Fisher has slowly returned to the lineup. Fisher, who is ranked No. 3 nationally in doubles with partner Jackie Carleton, made her return to the singles lineup last week. Her first match was a 6-3, 6-1 win over UNC's Jenna Long at the No. 6 position. Fisher sat out the Stanford match on Friday and returned to the lineup on Saturday to defeat 77th-ranked Ashley Schellhas of Vanderbilt, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 5 singles.
Bercek Makes Immediate Impact . . .
Although she has only been at UCLA since January, freshman Daniela Bercek has already made her presence felt in a big way. Anchoring UCLA's No. 2 singles position, Bercek is 6-1 overall on the season. She reached the Flight-I singles final at the Pac-10 Indoors and is 3-0 in dual-match play. Unfortunately for the Bruins, Bercek was sick during last week's National Team Indoors and was only available for doubles and one singles match.
UCLA in the ITA Rankings . . .
UCLA checks in at No. 8 in the latest ITA Rankings released on Feb. 10. Stanford is ranked No. 1 and rounding out the top-5 are Florida, Georgia, Cal and Washington. Individually, Jackie Carleton is ranked No. 17 in singles. In doubles, Carleton and Fisher check in at No. 3. Singles and doubles rankings will not be released again until Feb.
UNLV Match Rescheduled for Mar. 31 . . .
The Bruins were scheduled to open up the season against UNLV on Jan. 23, however both schools decided to reschedule the match for Mar. 31 at 11:00 a.m.
UCLA Home Matches Live Via the Internet . . .
All UCLA home matches can be followed live at UCLA's official athletic website www.uclabruins.com. Fans can access the matches by clicking on the "Live Stats" link in the Events Calendar on the front page or by going into the women's tennis schedule. There is also a link on the women's tennis page.
Head Coach Stella Sampras Webster . . .
Stella Sampras Webster enters her eighth season as the head coach of the UCLA women's tennis program with a career record of 115-71 (.618). In her first seven seasons at UCLA, Sampras Webster guided the Bruins to six top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, including four top-5 showings (1997, 2000 2002 and 2003). In addition, UCLA has reached the NCAA Quarterfinals three out of the last four years (2000, 2002 and 2003). Under her tutelage, the Bruins have finished in the top-10 nationally, six out of seven years. In 2000, Sampras Webster was named the ITA West Region Coach of the Year. A 1991 graduate of UCLA with a degree in Psychology, Sampras Webster enjoyed a successful four-year career as a Bruin player from 1987-91 and competed on the pro circuit for a season prior to joining Zaima's staff. An NCAA Doubles Champion as a freshman in 1988 with Allyson Cooper, Sampras Webster was also the NCAA doubles runner-up as a senior in 1991 with Kimberly Po. She is one of only five four-time All-Americans in UCLA women's tennis history.