May 31, 2002
Los Angeles - Four UCLA women's tennis players earned All-America honors when the final Omni Hotels Collegiate Rankings were released Friday. In addition, the Bruins ended the season ranked No. 4 in the national team rankings.
Bruin junior Sara Walker (El Paso, Texas) earned All-America honors in both singles and doubles. She achieved the honor in singles for finishing the season ranked No. 10 in the country. In doubles, Walker and teammate Petya Marinova (Mississauga, Canada) were All-Americans for being a top-eight seed in the NCAA Doubles Championships and for finishing the season ranked No. 2 in the nation. It is Walker's third All-America honor.
Like Walker, Bruin freshman Megan Bradley (Columbia, Mo.) was also an All-American in both singles and doubles. She ended 2002 as Bruins' highest ranked singles player at No. 5 in the nation. She also teamed with sophomore Lauren Fisher (Pittsburgh, Pa.), advancing all the way to the finals at the NCAA Doubles Championships.
Both Fisher and Marinova are now two-time All-Americans after being named to the team in 2001 as well.
ALL-AMERICAN CRITERIA Singles 1. Top-16 seed in NCAA Singles Championships, or 2. Reach round of 16 in NCAA Singles, or 3. Finish in top-20 of final ITA Singles Rankings
Doubles 1. Top-8 seed in NCAA Doubles Championships, or 2. Reach quarterfinals of NCAA Doubles, or 3. Finish in top-10 of final ITA Doubles Rankings
FINAL ITA DOUBLES RANKINGS 2. Marinova/Walker 5. Lauren Fisher/Bradley
2002 FINAL ITA TEAM RANKINGS (Top-20) 1. Stanford 2. Florida 3. Georgia 4. UCLA 6. North Carolina 7. Vanderbilt 9. Arizona State 10. Texas 11. USC 12. Tennessee 13. Cal 14. Northwestern 15. Kentucky 16. South Carolina 17. VCU 18. William & Mary 19. Arizona 20. UNLV