Jan. 24, 2005
Bruins to Host Local Foes UC Irvine, Pepperdine . . .
Fourth-ranked UCLA (1-0) will play its final two matches before heading to next week's USTA/ITA National Team Indoors, as the Bruins are scheduled to host two Southern California rivals this week at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. Action gets underway this Thursday with UCLA hosting UC Irvine at the LATC beginning at 1:30 p.m. UCLA rounds out the week against Pepperdine (2-0) on Saturday, also at 1:30 p.m. All UCLA home matches are free to the public. Fans unable to attend the home matches can follow the live scoring online at: http://www.uclabruins.com
UCLA Defeats LMU in 2005 Season Opener . . .
The Bruins looked impressive in their 2005 season opener against Loyola Marymount last Wednesday, posting a 6-1 decision at the LATC. After sweeping all three matches to claim the doubles point, UCLA then won five of six singles matches in straight sets. The Bruins' singles lineup featured returning All-American Daniela Bercek at the No. 1 spot, followed by freshman Riza Zalameda, sophomore Alex McGoodwin, freshman Tracy Lin, senior Sarah Gregg and freshman Elizabeth Lumpkin at the No. 6 position.
Bruins Begin the Year Ranked No. 4 Nationally . . .
UCLA debuted at No. 4 in the country in the first ITA Team Rankings of the year released on Jan. 11. Defending NCAA Champion Stanford is No. 1, followed by No. 2 Florida and No. 3 Clemson. Northwestern rounds out the top-5 behind UCLA. Individually, freshman Riza Zalameda checks in at No. 9 in singles and is followed by No. 20 Daniela Bercek, No. 122 Alex McGoodwin and No. 125 Elizabeth Lumpkin. In doubles, Bercek and Zalameda are ranked fifth.
Zalameda Among Nation's Elite . . .
Freshman Riza Zalameda is one of only five players in the nation who are currently ranked in the top-10 in both the ITA Singles and Doubles Rankings. Zalameda is ranked No. 9 in singles and No. 5 in doubles with sophomore Daniela Bercek. Other players who have top-10 rankings in both areas are Northwestern's Audra Cohen (1s, 1d), Miami's Megan Bradley (2s, 8d), Northwestern's Cristelle Grier (4s, 1d) and Kentucky's Aibika Kalsarieva (7s, 6d). Zalameda and Cohen are the only freshmen on the list.
The USTA/ITA National Team Indoors . . .
Second only to the NCAA Team Championships in terms of importance, the upcoming USTA/ITA National Team Indoors (Feb. 3-6) serves as an early indicator of exactly which teams will be battling it out for the NCAA title at the end of the year. UCLA will be one of the 16 teams competing at year's event, which is hosted every year by the University of Wisconsin. Joining the Bruins in Madison will be: Clemson, Duke, Georgia, Harvard, Kentucky, Miami, New Mexico, North Carolina, Northwestern, Stanford, Texas A&M, Tulane, Vanderbilt, Washington and host Wisconsin. UCLA, which has been in the finals twice in the 17-year history of the event (1990 and 1995), has never won the title. Seven teams have went on to win the NCAA Title after winning the Indoors, including Stanford last year.
Head Coach Stella Sampras Webster . . .
Stella Sampras Webster is entering her ninth season as head coach at UCLA, owning a 133-77 (.633) overall record. In her eight seasons in Westwood, the Bruins have finished in the top-10 at the NCAA Championships seven times, including a trip to the finals in 2004.
TEAM TOP-25 (Jan. 11) 1. Stanford 2. Florida 3. Clemson 4. UCLA 5. Northwestern 6. Vanderbilt 7. USC 8. Duke 9. Tulane 10. Washington 11. Texas 12. Miami 13. Georgia 14. Kentucky 15. North Carolina 16. Texas A&M 17. Cal 18. Tennessee 19. TCU 20. Michigan 21. Fresno State 21. Notre Dame 23. LSU 24. New Mexico 25. BYU