Women's Tennis to Host a Pair of Non-Conference Opponents This Weekend

March 6, 2001

vs. Miami
Saturday, March 10 @ 2:30 p.m.
LATC

vs. No. 6 Texas
Sunday, March 11 @ Noon
LATC

This Week
The No. 22 UCLA women's tennis team (3-7 overall, 2-0 Pac-10) will host a pair of matches this weekend beginning with Miami (7-2) on Saturday at the LATC beginning at approximately 2:30 p.m. That match is part of a doubleheader with the UCLA men's team, which will kickoff the day against Arizona beginning at 11:00 a.m. On Sunday, UCLA will host No. 6 Texas (7-1) at the LATC beginning at Noon. The Longhorns will likely have revenge on their minds as the Bruins knocked them out of last year's NCAA Championships.

Last Week
The Bruins dropped both matches last week, falling to New Mexico, 4-3 on Friday and to No. 12 USC, 5-2 on Saturday. The Bruins were scheduled to take on No. 9 Pepperdine last Tuesday, however that match was postponed due to rain. The match was rescheduled for Saturday, Mar. 31 at the LATC beginning at 11:00 a.m.

UCLA in the ITA Team and Individual Rankings
As a team, UCLA checked in at No. 22 in the ITA rankings released last week. New team rankings will be released this Wednesday. Individual rankings were released on Feb. 26 and Sara Walker is ranked 15th in the country, followed by Catherine Hawley at No. 82 and Petya Marinova at No. 85. In doubles, Lauren Fisher and Marinova check in at No. 19, while Walker and Zana Zlebnik are ranked 34th.

Bruin Injury Update
Sara Walker, Cristina Popescu and Zana Zlebnik have all been sidelined with injuries. Walker is recovering from a stress reaction in her left foot and is expected to play this weekend. Popescu played her first match in over a year against New Mexico last week and is slowly recovering from a knee injury suffered last season. Zlebnik, who played in the fall and at No. 3 singles in UCLA's first two matches of the season, is sidelined with a back injury. She played doubles with Walker against New Mexico, however is doubtful for the upcoming weekend.

Marinova on a Roll
Bruin junior Petya Marinova has been the hottest Bruins as of late, winning her last three singles matches and eight of her last 10 doubles matches with partner Lauren Fisher. Even more impressive, Marinova, ranked No. 85 in the latest ITA singles rankings, has been doing it at No. 2 singles - the highest position she has ever played in the lineup. Last Saturday she defeated USC's Anita Loyola, 6-1, 6-4 in the No. 2 position. In doubles, Marinova and Fisher are ranked No. 19 nationally and will probably move up when the new doubles rankings are released this Friday.

Pac-10: Nation's Toughest Conference
With seven teams ranked among the ITA Top-25, the Pac-10 is without a doubt the nation's toughest conference to play in. No. 1 Stanford leads the way and is followed by No. 8 ASU, No. 10 Cal, No. 12 USC, No. 17 Washington, No. 22 UCLA and No. 23 Arizona. The Bruins are currently 2-0 in the Pac-10 after beating both ASU and Arizona to start the season. Although UCLA was beaten by USC last week, that match did not count towards the Pac-10 standings.


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vs. National Collegiate ...
Palm Desert, CA
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vs. Freeman Memorial ...
Las Vegas, NV
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Friday, Jan 22
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 0
Saturday, Jan 23
vs. Fresno State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 3 - 4
Friday, Jan 29
vs. Saint Mary's
Pacific Palisades, CA
W, 6 - 1
Sunday, Feb 07
vs. Northwestern
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 1
Saturday, Feb 13 - 10:00 AM PST
vs. UC Davis
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 13 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Feb 18 - 1:30 PM PST
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 20 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Feb 25 - 1:30 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 27 - 1:30 PM PST
vs. Baylor
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Mar 04 - 1:30 PM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Mar 05 - 12:00 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Mar 11 - 1:30 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Saturday, Mar 12 - 12:00 PM PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Tuesday, Mar 22 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Fresno State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Mar 26 - 12:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Apr 01 - 12:30 PM PST
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
Sunday, Apr 03 - 11:00 AM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Friday, Apr 08 - 1:30 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 09 - 12:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Apr 17 - 3:00 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Apr 20 - All Day PST
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Ojai, CA
Thursday, Apr 21 - All Day PST
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Ojai, CA
Friday, Apr 22 - All Day PST
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Ojai, CA
Saturday, Apr 23 - All Day PST
vs. Pac-12 Championships ...
Ojai, CA
Sunday, Apr 24 - TBA PST
vs. Pac-12 Championships ...
Ojai, CA
Sunday, Apr 24 - 10:00 AM PST
vs. Pac-12 Championships ...
Ojai, CA
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