Feb. 12, 2001
This Week . . .
The No. 6 UCLA women's tennis team (3-1, 2-0 Pac-10) heads to Madison, Wisc. for the National Team Indoors hosted by the University of Wisconsin, Feb. 15-18. Of the 16 teams competing in the tournament, 14 are ranked in the ITA top-25 and six are ranked in the top-10. UCLA is seeded fourth and will take on Northwestern in the opening round on Thursday. If the Bruins win, they will face the Washington/Vanderbilt winner in Friday's quarterfinals. Other teams competing in the tournament include: Georgia, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Duke, Tennessee, Pepperdine, Ohio State, USC, Wake Forest, Baylor and top-seeded Stanford.
Bruins Down UC Irvine, Fall to No. 9 Pepperdine . . .
The Bruins went 1-1 last week, easily defeating UC Irvine, 6-1 on Thursday and falling to No. 9 Pepperdine, 5-2 in a rain-delayed match on Saturday. Against UCI, the Bruins won the doubles point then captured five of six singles matches en route to the 6-1 win. The Anteaters' lone point came at No. 1 singles where UCLA's Sara Walker was forced to retire in the first set due to injury. On Saturday, in a match that wasn't completed until 8:45 p.m. due to rain, the Bruins suffered their first loss of the season to No. 9 Pepperdine, 5-2. In that match, Lauren Fisher and Petya Marinova upset the nation's No. 1 ranked doubles team of Palencia/Senoglu, 8-5.
UCLA in the ITA Team and Individual Rankings . . .
As a team, UCLA checked in at No. 6 in the ITA rankings released last week. Following its loss to Pepperdine on Saturday, UCLA might drop a few spots when the new team rankings are released this Wednesday. Individually, Sara Walker is ranked 12th in the country and Catherine Hawley is ranked 97th.
ITA Top-10 1. Stanford* 2. Georgia 3. Duke 4. Florida 5. Texas* 6. Cal* UCLA 8. Wake Forest 9. Pepperdine* 10. Arizona St.*
Bruin Injury Update . . .
Both Cristina Popescu and Zana Zlebnik, two Bruins expected to play high in the Bruin lineup this season, have been sidelined with injuries. Popescu, a former Bruin No. 1 player, hasn't played all season due to a knee injury suffered last year. Zlebnik, who played in the fall and at No. 3 singles in UCLA's first two matches of the season, is sidelined with a back injury.
Walker Back Among Nation's Elite . . .
Bruin sophomore Sara Walker moved into the ITA singles rankings this week, checking in at No. 13. Walker, who was sidelined for much of the summer while recovering from a back injury suffered at last year's NCAA Championships, is just getting back to full strength. Two weeks ago, she reached the quarterfinals at the Rolex National Indoors and this past Saturday she defeated No. 32 Ipek Senoglu of Pepperdine, 7-6(4), 6-1.
March Madness at the LATC . . .
From March 2-11, UCLA will host three non-conference matches at the LATC, including a showdown with crosstown rival USC. The Bruins kickoff the home stand with New Mexico on Fri. Mar. 2, followed by a match with the Women of Troy on Sat. Mar. 3. On Mar. 10, UCLA welcomes the University of Miami to the LATC and on Sat. Mar. 11, the Bruins will take on the University of Texas. The Longhorns, ranked fifth in the latest ITA rankings, will be looking for revenge against the Bruins as UCLA knocked Texas out of last year's NCAA Tournament.