Women's Tennis Prepares for Pac-10 Finale At Home

April 14, 1999

This Week Bruins Return Home For Final Matches of Regular-Season The Bruins return home to host the two biggest regular-season matches of the year when highly ranked Cal and Stanford come to the Los Angeles Tennis Center April 16-17. The matches are the fianl regular-season duals for UCLA and also mark the Pac-10 finales for all three teams.

Latest Ranking Bruins Climb To No. 4 In the latest edition of the ITA National Team ranking, which reflect results only through April 6, UCLA climbed two more notches to the No. 4 slot. The Bruins top-player, sophomore Cristina Popescu, dropped to No. 13 in the singles rankings after being out of the lineup with an injury since March 3. UCLA junior Annica Cooper has again stepped up to play on court No. 1 and jumped from No. 30 to No. 18 in the latest singles rankings. Rounding out the Bruins among the top-100 in singles is junior Amanda Basica, who is now tied for No. 96. The UCLA doubles team of Cooper and Basica retained its No. 6 ranking. The next edition will be released April 20.

About This Week's Opponents Cal & Stanford The University of California dropped to No. 7 in the latest edition of the rankings, however the Golden Bears defeated UCLA days before those rankings were released in match not yet reflected. Cal enters the week with a 15-3 overall record and stands 5-1 in Pac-10 action. The Bears have four singles players and two doubles teams listed among the nation's best. Leading the way are No. 17 Anita Kurimay and No. 28 Amanda Augustus, a local product from Palos Verdes who is now a senior at Cal. Augustus also teams with Amy Jensen to form the No. 4 ranked doubles team.

Stanford brings a No. 5 ranking and a 20-2 overall and 6-0 Pac-10 record into the week and are scheduled to play at USC before coming to Westwood. With four players listed in the national rankings, the Cardinal have two players among the top-five in singles and also as a doubles team. Freshman Marissa Irvin, a local product from Santa Monica, is listed No. 2 in singles while junior Teryn Ashley is No. 5. The two also form the No. 2 ranked doubles team in the nation. Last Time vs. The Bay Area Schools Bruins Suffered Two Losses

Ranked No. 6 at match time, UCLA suffered a pair of losses in non-Pac-10 matches in the Bay Area April 2 and 3. The Bruins fell 1-7 at No. 5 Stanford on Friday as junior Amanda Basica was the lone Bruin with a victory, defeating Teryn Ashley in straight sets (6-3, 6-3) in the No. 2 slot. On Saturday, UCLA fell 5-1 to No. 4 ranked Cal as rookie Petya Marinova posted the lone victory, defeating Jenny Lee 7-6, 6-1 on court No. 6.

Latest Action Bruins Post Three Pac-10 Wins In Pacific Northwest UCLA made its first Pac-10 Conference trip to the Pacific Northwest and returned with three hard fought victories. The Bruins started with a 5-1 win at Oregon, then registered a 5-4 win over Washington and closed with a 5-4 win at Washington State.

UCLA Notables Basica Joins Cooper With 20 Wins In Singles & Doubles UCLA junior Amanda Basica joined classmate Annica Cooper with 20 wins this season when she defeated Stanford's Teryn Ashley in straight sets on April 2. Cooper was the first to reach 20 wins this year when she won a two-tiebreak straight-set match over Miami's Liodmila Skavronskaia on Friday, March 18. The victory also avenged Cooper's first round loss to Skavronskaia at NCAAs last season. Also in the Miami match, the Bruins' top-doubles team of Cooper and Basica reached the 20-win mark.

Next Up Pac-10 Individual Championships In Ojai The Bruins head to Ojai to compete in the Pac-10 Conference Individual Championships April 22-25. This is the 99th annual Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament and the 89th time the Pac-10 schools have competed at the event. UCLA's Annica Cooper won the singles title last year and will be looking to defend the crown this time.

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.

Bruins' Lineup w/Records

Pos.    Name                Dual   Overall
1S  Cristina Popescu        8-2     15-5
2S  Annica Cooper          13-5    21-10
3S  Amanda Basica          12-6    20-10
4S  Brandi Freudenberg     9-10    14-15
5S  Katia Roubanonva       10-6     13-9
6S  Elizabeth Schmidt       3-4      7-7
7S  Petya Marinova         13-6     15-8
8S  Rochelle Raiss          3-4      3-6
1D  Basica / Cooper        10-5     21-7
2D  Roubanova/ Schmidt      2-2      3-3
3D  Freudenberg / Marinova  5-1      6-2
4D  Marinova / Popescu      8-1      8-1
Bruins In The 98-99 ITA National Rankings
Team            Fall / S1 /S2/ S3         Singles  PS / Fall / W / S1 / S2 /S3
UCLA             8  / 10 / 6 /  4         Basica   42/ 30 / 38 / t62 /t87/t96
Doubles         PS / F / W / S1 / S2/S3   Cooper    8/ NA / 31 / 34 / 30/ 18
Basica/Cooper   NA / t21/ 8/ 9 / 6/ 6     Popescu  21/ 11 / 13 / 9 / 11/ 13
1999 UCLA Women's Tennis Schedule/Results
Date    Opponent              Site         Time
                             Results       Score
Jan. 8-10   Pac-10 Indoors  Seattle, WA 
Jan. 15-17  National Collegiate Tennis Cl. Sherwood CC  
Jan. 20 LOYOLA MARYMOUNT       W            9-0
Jan. 27 SAN DIEGO (33)         W            8-1
Jan. 29 ARIZONA* (24)          W            7-2
Jan. 30 ARIZONA STATE* (12)    W            7-2
Feb. 2  at Pepperdine (15)     W            5-1
Feb. 4-7    Rolex Nationals Dallas, TX  
Feb. 13 at USC* (13)           L            3-6
Feb. 18 vs. Georgia# (3)       L            2-6
Feb. 19 vs. Notre Dame# (16)   W            5-4
Feb. 20 vs. Wisconsin# (29)    W            6-2
Feb. 27 UNLV                   W            9-0
Mar. 3  USC                    W            6-2
Mar. 6  TEXAS                  L            3-6
Mar. 9  WILLIAM & MARY         W            5-1
Mar. 12 at Arizona State       W            6-3
Mar. 13 at Arizona             W            6-0
Mar. 18 MIAMI                  W            5-4
Mar. 19 PEPPERDINE             W            5-4
Apr. 2  at Stanford            L            1-7
Apr. 3  at California          L            1-5
Apr. 8  at Oregon*             W            5-1
Apr. 9  vs. Washington* W                  1:30
Apr. 11 at Washington State*   W            5-4
Apr. 16 CALIFORNIA* LATC                   1:30
Apr. 17 STANFORD*   LATC                   Noon
April 22-25 Pac-10 Conf. Championships  Ojai, CA    All Day
May 14-16   NCAA Regional                       TBA All Day
May 20-28   NCAA Championships  Gainesville, FL     All Day
All home matches in BOLD ALL CAPS; LATC  Los Angeles Tennis Center; * Pac-10 counting matches,  # National Indoors; All times local to match site & subject to change

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Friday, Apr 01
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
W, 6 - 1
Sunday, Apr 03
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 4 - 2
Friday, Apr 08
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 3 - 4
Sunday, Apr 10
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 2
Sunday, Apr 17
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Ojai, CA
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Ojai, CA
vs. Pac-12 Championships ...
Ojai, CA
vs. Pac-12 Championships ...
Ojai, CA
vs. Pac-12 Championships ...
Ojai, CA
Friday, May 13
vs. Notre Dame
Columbus, OH
W, 4 - 1
Saturday, May 14
at Ohio State
Columbus, OH
L, 1 - 4