Bruins to Host UC Irvine, Pepperdine This Week

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:

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
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

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
vs. National Collegiate ...
Palm Desert, CA
vs. Freeman Memorial ...
Las Vegas, NV
Friday, Jan 22
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 0
Saturday, Jan 23
vs. Fresno State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 3 - 4
Friday, Jan 29
vs. Saint Mary's
Pacific Palisades, CA
W, 6 - 1
Sunday, Feb 07
vs. Northwestern
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 1
Saturday, Feb 13 - 10:00 AM PST
vs. UC Davis
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 13 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Feb 18 - 1:30 PM PST
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 20 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Feb 25 - 1:30 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 27 - 1:30 PM PST
vs. Baylor
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Mar 04 - 1:30 PM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Mar 05 - 12:00 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Mar 11 - 1:30 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Saturday, Mar 12 - 12:00 PM PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Tuesday, Mar 22 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Fresno State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Mar 26 - 12:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Apr 01 - 12:30 PM PST
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
Sunday, Apr 03 - 11:00 AM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Friday, Apr 08 - 1:30 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 09 - 12:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Apr 17 - 3:00 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Apr 20 - All Day PST
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Ojai, CA
Thursday, Apr 21 - All Day PST
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Ojai, CA
Friday, Apr 22 - All Day PST
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Ojai, CA
Saturday, Apr 23 - All Day PST
vs. Pac-12 Championships ...
Ojai, CA
Sunday, Apr 24 - TBA PST
vs. Pac-12 Championships ...
Ojai, CA
Sunday, Apr 24 - 10:00 AM PST
vs. Pac-12 Championships ...
Ojai, CA