Jan. 27, 2003
Up Next . . .
The No. 7 UCLA women's tennis team will face UC Irvine and No. 9 USC this week at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. UCI comes into Thursday's match with a 1-1 record, while the Women of Troy are 2-0. Last weekend, USC defeated Irvine 7-0. All-time, the Bruins hold a 29-2 advantage over Irvine, winning 6-1 a year ago. USC has the series advantage, 34-32, but the Bruins won two of three matches last year, including a 4-1 win in the NCAA Tournament's round of 16.
The Gauntlet Battle Continues . . .
The next installment of the Lexus Gauntlet Challenge takes place on Friday when the Bruins and Trojans do battle for the first time in tennis this season. Currently, each school has 25 points in the race for the Gauntlet Trophy. The UCLA and USC men's tennis teams will also do battle on Friday, with that contest held at USC.
Bruins Start Season with a Sweep . . .
UCLA opened its dual-match season with a weekend sweep, defeating Long Beach State and Pepperdine. In the Bruins' 7-0 win over the 49ers, Sara Walker, ranked sixth nationally, recorded the most convincing victory of the afternoon, defeating Long Beach State's Laura Thomas 6-1, 6-1. On Saturday, the Bruins defeated Pepperdine 6-1. Walker continued her dominance with a 6-4, 6-2 defeat of Pepperdine's Monika Horvath. The Bruins also knocked off both of the Waves' ranked singles players, 52nd-ranked Veronica Koksova and 91st-ranked Charlotte Vernaz.
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 Approaches 100th Win. . .
If the Bruins sweep UCI and USC this week, head coach Stella Sampras Webster will earn her 100th career victory against 58 defeats in just her seventh season at UCLA. In Sampras Webster's 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 (1/13)
1. Stanford 2. Florida 3. Georgia 4. Duke 5. North Carolina 6. Arizona State 7. UCLA 8. Vanderbilt 9. USC 10. California 11. Tennessee 12. Northwestern 13. Texas 14. Kentucky 15. Wake Forest 16. William & Mary 17. UNLV 18. Georgia Tech 19. South Carolina 20. Arizona 21. Washington 22. Notre Dame 23. Texas A&M 24. Miami 25. Virginia Commonwealth