May 9, 2000
NCAA Women's Tennis Regionals - Los Angeles, Calif.
Friday, May 12 - Saturday, May 13
@ UCLA's Los Angeles Tennis Center
#25 Washington vs. Georgia Tech
Friday, May 12 - 10:00 a.m.
#9 UCLA vs. Boston University
Friday, May 12 - 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 13 - 3:00 p.m.
This Week . . . On Wednesday, May 4, UCLA was selected as one of 16 teams across the nation to be a host school for the 2000 NCAA Tennis Regionals. Joining UCLA in the four-team regional will be No. 25 Washington, Georgia Tech and Boston University. In the first match on Friday, Washington and Georgia Tech do battle at 10:00 a.m. and are followed by UCLA vs. Boston University at approximately 1:00 p.m. Friday's winners face off on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. for a spot in the 16-team NCAA Championships in Malibu, Calif., May 18-26. All matches this weekend are at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students and children (under-12).
Bruin Freshman Claims Pac-10 Singles Title! . . . UCLA freshman tennis player Sara Walker turned in one of the most dominating performances ever at the Pac-10 Championships Sunday, downing Arizona State's Allison Bradshaw 6-1, 6-1 to claim the conference singles title. En route to the championship, Walker did not drop a set in five matches. She becomes the first UCLA player to win the singles championship at Ojai since teammate Annica Cooper won the title as a sophomore back in 1998.
Walker Ranked No. 2 in Latest ITA Rankings . . . Sara Walker moved up five spots to No. 2 in the latest singles rankings released Wednesday by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Walker, a freshman from El Paso, Tex., was ranked No. 7 the past two weeks and trails only Stanford Sophomore Marissa Irvin, who moved up one spot from No. 2 to No. 1. Behind Walker, Bruin senior Annica Cooper is UCLA's next highest ranked singles player at No. 47. Freshman Abigail Spears and senior Amanda Basica check in at Nos. 77 and 79 respectively. In doubles, Walker and Basica moved back into the ITA top-10 at No. 9 after being ranked No. 14 the previous week. Elizabeth Schmidt and Spears check in at No. 39. Entering the doubles rankings for the first time this season is Cooper and Petya Marinova at No. 42.
All-Pac-10 Honors Announced . . . Following her impressive run at the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai two weeks ago, Sara Walker was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year on Tuesday, as announced by the Conference office. In addition, she was UCLA's lone first-team All-Pac-10 selection. Behind Walker, senior Annica Cooper earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors, while freshman Abigail Spears was named All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention.
Pac-10 Player of the Year - Marissa Irvin, Stanford
Women's Doubles Team of the Year - Lindsay
Blau/Michelle Gough, Arizona
Women's Freshman of the Year - Sara Walker, UCLA
Women's Coach of the Year - Frank Brennan, Stanford
UCLA in the ITA Team Rankings . . . As a team, UCLA fell one spot last week and is currently at No. 9 in the nation. This season, the Bruins have been ranked as high as No. 5 (4/5) and as low as No. 14 (2/23-3/1). UCLA was ranked No. 6 to start the season and has been in the top-10, 11 of the ranking's 14 weeks.
Cooper Eyes Fourth All-America Honor . . . Bruin senior Annica Cooper has a chance to do what only four other Bruins in the history of UCLA women's tennis have ever done ? earn All-America honors four straight years. She is aiming to become the first Bruin since 1995 NCAA Singles and Doubles Champion Keri Phebus achieved the feat from 1993-96. Other four-time All-American Bruins include, Mamie Ceniza (1989-92), Kathy O'Brien (1979-82) and Stella Sampras (1988-91).
UCLA's NCAA Tournament History . . . UCLA is one of only two schools (Stanford is the other) to make every NCAA Tournament since it began back in 1982. The Bruins are making a record 18th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. In 1998, UCLA made its first appearance in NCAA Regionals after being selected as an automatic qualifier to the NCAA Championships the previous 16 years. Last season marked the first year ever that the Bruins did not qualify for the 16-Team NCAA Championships after losing in the regional final to South Alabama.
UCLA's All-Time Final Four Finishes
1996 - 3rd (NCAA)
1991 - 2nd (NCAA)
1990 - 3rd (NCAA)
1989 - 2nd (NCAA)
1988 - 3rd (NCAA)
1983 - 3rd (NCAA)
1982 - 2nd (NCAA)
1981 - 1st (AIAW)
1979 - 4th (AIAW)
1978 - 3rd (AIAW)
1976 - 4th (USTA)
1973 - 2nd (USTA)
Bruins Compete in NCAA Individual Championships . . . No. 2-ranked Sara Walker headlines a cast of five Bruins selected to compete in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships, May 22-26 at the Ralph-Straus Tennis Center on the campus of Pepperdine University. The individual championships begin the day after the NCAA Team Finals, May 18-21. Joining Walker in the singles draw will be Bruin senior Annica Cooper, who is making her fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Singles Draw. In doubles, UCLA sends two teams to the championships as Walker and Amanda Basica make up one Bruin tandem and Elizabeth Schmidt and Abigail Spears make up the other. Both Walker and Spears are making their first appearance in the NCAA Championships.
UCLA's Singles & Doubles National Champions
1995 - Keri Phebus
1995 - Keri Phebus/Susie Starrett
1992 - Mamie Ceniza/Iwalani McCalla
1988 - Allyson Cooper/Stella Sampras
1982 - Heather Ludloff/Lynn Lewis
1978 - Jeanne Duvall