March 31, 2003
Up Next . . .
The No. 12 UCLA women's tennis team will play its last two home matches of the regular season this week against No. 4 California on Friday at 1:30 p.m. and against No. 2 Stanford on Saturday at noon. It is the first meeting of the season between the schools, and will not count toward the conference standings. California is 15-2 overall and 3-0 in the conference, while Stanford is 13-1, 3-0 in Pac-10 play. The Bruins will see the same two opponents April 18-19 at Stanford and Berkeley, when the matches will count toward the conference standings.
Bruins Sweep Weekend from Arizona Schools . . .
UCLA beat Arizona and No. 8 Arizona State at the Los Angeles Tennis Center last weekend, both by scores of 6-1. Against the Wildcats on Friday, the Bruins took two of three doubles matches and won on courts two through six to secure the match. On Saturday, Jackie Carleton and Feriel Esseghir knocked off ASU's 29th-ranked doubles squad of Lauren Colalillo and Adria Engel, followed by No. 10 Sara Walker's singles victory over No. 14 Engel 7-6(6), 6-1.
Bruins Face Eight of ITA's Top 10 Teams . . .
UCLA's schedule boasts eight of the ITA's top 10 teams in the March 26 rankings. UCLA found itself in the 12th spot following its two-and-a-half week hiatus due to finals week and spring break. The Bruins entered their fourth player in the ITA's singles rankings when Sarah Gregg claimed the 79th spot, appearing on the list for the first time this season. UCLA also has No. 10 Sara Walker, No. 23 Jackie Carleton, and No. 58 Susi Wild. UCLA's total of four players in the top 80 ITA rankings puts the Bruins in a tie for third nationally. No. 2 Stanford also has four, while No. 1 Duke has five and No. 5 Florida has six.
UCLA Home Matches Live Via the Internet . . .
All UCLA home matches can be followed live at www.uclabruins.com via the "Live Stats" link in the Events Calendar or by going to the women's tennis schedule.
Stella Sampras Webster Guides the Bruins . . . In her seventh season as the Bruins' head coach, Stella Sampras Webster earned her milestone 100th career win against No. 11 Tennessee. In her first six seasons, she guided the Bruins to five top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, including three top-5 showings (1997, 2000, and 2002). In 2000, she was named the ITA West Region Coach of the Year. The former Stella Sampras married Steve Webster on January 3, 2003.
ITA Top-25 (3/26) 1. Duke 2. Stanford 3. USC 4. California 5. Florida 6. Georgia 7. Tennessee 8. Arizona State 9. WIlliam & Mary 10. Washington 11. North Carolina 12. UCLA 13. Vanderbilt 14. Virgnia Commonwealth 15. Kentucky 16. South Alabama 17. Illinois 18. Harvard 19. Miami (Fla.) 20. Alabama 21. Georgia Tech 22. Virginia 23. Fresno State 24. UNLV 25. Clemson