February 23, 1999
This Week - UCLA Opens Four-Match Homestand
UCLA returns home to start a four-match homestand beginning on Saturday, Feb. 27. The Bruins will play at Sunset Recreation Center at Noon against No. 31 UNLV, while the men's team hosts Rice at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.
About This Week's Opponent - UNLV
Ranked No. 31, UNLV brings a 3-4 record into the week. The Lady Rebels opened the year with three solid wins, but have lost their last four matches, including three to Pac-10 Conference teams. The only UNLV player listed in the latest edition of the national rankings is senior Susie Kocsis who is No. 97. UCLA owns a 7-0 record in the all-time series with UNLV.
Last Week - Bruins Fall In First, Rebound For Two Wins
UCLA met No. 3 ranked Georgia in the first round and suffered its second dual match loss of the season in the opener of the USTA/ITA Women's National Indoor Team Championships hosted by the University of Wisconsin. The Bruins rebounded from that 2-6 set back to post victories in both consolation matches. UCLA defeated No. 16 ranked Notre Dame 5-4, then downed No. 29 ranked host Wisconsin 6-2.
UCLA Player Notables
Sophomore Cristina Popescu was the only Bruin to make it through the weekend without a loss as she posted two wins in the top-slot and one in the No. 2 position to improve her dual match record to 7-1. Another Bruin suffered her first singles dual match loss of the season as junior Annica Cooper fell to No. 3 ranked Marissa Catlin of Georgia in the No. 1 position. Cooper suffered her second loss the following day in the No. 2 slot and is now 6-2 in duals.
Despite suffering its first dual match loss against Georgia, UCLA's No. 3 doubles team of freshman Petya Marinova and Popescu registered the clinching match in both of the Bruins' WNITC victories. The duo is now 7-1 in dual matches and overall.
New Individual Rankings Out
The First ITA National rankings of 1999 were released on Tuesday, Feb. 16 and UCLA has three individuals ranked in singles and one doubles team listed among the nation's best. Cristina Popescu slipped two spots to No. 13, while Annica Cooper reemerged in the No. 31 slot and Amanda Basica fell to No. 38. UCLA's top doubles tandem of Basica and Cooper climbed significantly to the No. 8 position.
Next Up - The Homestand Continues
The month of March gets started with three home matches at the Los Angeles Tennis Center, beginning with a chance to avenge an earlier loss to cross-town rival USC on Wednesday, the 3rd at 1:30 p.m. The Bruins then host No. 6 Texas at Noon on the 6th and No. 10 William & Mary at 1:30 p.m. on the 9th. Admission to all UCLA home matches is FREE.
Special Note - 25th Anniversary of Women's Athletics
The UCLA Athletic Department will celebrate the Silver Anniversary of UCLA Women's Intercollegiate Athletics on May 1, 1999. "A Celebration of Champions" dinner will honor the accomplishments of the UCLA Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Program and its athletes over the past 25 years.
UCLA WTN Quick FactsCurrent Team Rank: No. 8 - Fall (12/8)
Team's Dual Match Record: 7-2
Pac-10 Record: 2-1
Head Coach: Stella Sampras (3rd season)
Current Career Dual-match Record: 40-19
Last Year's Record: 17-11 overall, 5-3 Pac-10
Final '98 Team Ranking: Nation - 14
Bruins' Last Lineup w/Records Pos Name Dual Overall 1S Cristina Popescu 7-1 14-4 2S Annica Cooper 6-2 14-7 3S Amanda Basica 5-3 13-7 4S Brandi Freudenberg 6-3 11-8 5S Katia Roubanonva 5-3 8-6 6S Petya Marinova 7-2 9-4 7S Rochelle Raiss 1-3 1-5 1D Basica / Cooper 5-3 16-5 2D Freudenberg / Roubanova 2-1 2-1 3D Marinova / Popescu 7-1 7-1 4D Freudenberg / Raiss 1-2 1-2