March 10, 2003
Up Next . . .
The No. 8 UCLA women's tennis team will play its last non-conference match of the regular season as well as its last match before a 17-day break when it faces No. 17 Texas (4-3, 4-0 Big XII) on Tuesday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center at 1:30 p.m. Texas leads the all-time series 9-7, winning 4-2 last year in Austin. The Longhorns come in on a two-game losing skid after falling to then-No. 19 Notre Dame 6-1 on Mar. 2 and No. 1 Florida 6-1 on Mar. 6.
Looking Ahead . . .
The Bruins will take a two-and-a-half week break following the Texas match because of finals week and spring break. When play resumes, UCLA will have a four-game homestand against three teams currently ranked in the top-10 including the current No. 1, Stanford.
Bruins Split Opening Week of Conference Play . . .
Last week, the Bruins visited No. 2 USC on Wednesday and Oregon on Friday. The Trojans won 5-2 by taking five of the six singles matches despite UCLA's early lead following the doubles point. Feriel Esseghir became the sixth of UCLA's seven freshmen to play during the dual-match season when she teamed with Sara Walker to win one of the doubles matches. Against Oregon,the Bruins used wins over the Ducks' three ranked singles players to even their Pac-10 record at 1-1. No. 31 Jackie Carleton beat No. 16 Daria Panova, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, while No. 42 Susi Wild beat No. 89 Monika Gieczys 6-3, 6-1, and Sarah Gregg beat No. 52 Courtney Nagle 7-5, 7-5.
Bruins Hold No. 8 Spot in Rankings . . .
The top eight teams in the ITA Top-25 remained unchanged in the Mar. 5 poll. UCLA still plays the top five teams in the nation as well as five of the other top 25 teams. Individually, the Bruins have three ranked singles players and a ranked doubles team. Sara Walker is No. 7 in the country, while Jackie Carleton is No. 31 and Susi Wild is No. 42. Carleton and Laura Gordon are the No. 59 doubles team in the nation.
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 (3/5) 1. Florida 2. USC 3. Stanford 4. California 5. Georgia 6. Duke 7. Arizona State 8. UCLA 9. William & Mary 10. Vanderbilt 11. Tennessee 12. North Carolina 13. Kentucky 14. Northwestern 15. Notre Dame 16. Fresno State 17. Texas 18. UNLV 19. Clemson 20. South Alabama 21. Washington 22. Miami (Fla.) 23. Virginia Commonwealth 24. South Carolina 25. Illinois