Jan. 13, 2004
UCLA to Start 2004 at Pac-10 Indoors . . .
UCLA will begin the 2004 campaign at the annual Pac-10 Indoors Championships, Jan. 15-18 in Seattle, Wash. The Bruins will send a contingent of players who will be competing in both the singles and doubles draws. UCLA opens up the dual-match season at home against UNLV on Jan. 23 at 1:30 p.m.
Bruin Lineup Among Nation's Best . . .
Although UCLA lost senior Sara Walker and freshman Susi Wild, the Bruins still return a number of key players from a year ago. Leading the way will be sophomore All-American Jackie Carleton, who saw significant action at No. 1 singles in 2003. She will be followed by sophomore Feriel Esseghir and freshmen Daniela Bercek and Alex McGoodwin. Esseghir was injured much of last season and is expected to be healthy for the start of dual-match play. Bercek and McGoodwin arrive as two of the top junior players in the world. Junior Lauren Fisher is another player who figures to be in the mix after sitting out last season due to injury. Rounding out the lineup will be juniors Sarah Gregg and Anya Loncaric, along with sophomore Laura Gordon. Adding depth will be sophomores Shilpa Joshi, Nina Yaftali, Kate Jolson and freshman Amber Ray.
UCLA in the ITA Rankings . . .
UCLA picks up where it left off in 2003, checking in at No. 11 in the ITA Rankings released Tuesday. Defending NCAA Champion Florida is ranked No. 1. Rounding out the top-5 are Stanford, California, Duke and Georgia. Individually, Jackie Carleton is ranked No. 17 in singles. In doubles, Carleton and Fisher check in at No. 3.
1. Florida 2. Stanford 3. California 4. Duke 5. Georgia 6. USC 7. Washington 8. William & Mary 9. North Carolina 10. Tennessee 11. UCLA 12. Vanderbilt 13. Harvard 14. Northwestern 15. Kentucky 16. Clemson 17. VCU 18. South Alabama 19. Arizona State 20. Fresno State 21. Notre Dame 22. Miami (Fla.) 23. Illinois 24. Texas A&M 25. Tulane
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 men's tennis schedule. There is also a link on the men's tennis page.
Bruins Selected for USTA/ITA National Team Indoors . . .
The UCLA women will be one of 16 teams vying for the title at the 2004 USTA/ITA National Team Indoors, Feb. 5-7 in Madison, Wisc. The field for the tournament, hosted by the University of Wisconsin, is: BYU, California, Georgia, Harvard, Kentucky, North Carolina, Northwestern, USC, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Washington, William & Mary and host Wisconsin.
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 112-69 (.619). 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.