March 15, 2004
Bruins to Host Hurricanes This Wednesday . . .
Riding a three-match winning streak, the No. 12-ranked UCLA women's tennis team (9-5; 3-1 Pac-10) will host No. 20 Miami (9-1) this Wednesday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center beginning at 1:30 p.m. That match will bring two former Bruins back to the LATC, as Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk was a Bruin letterman from 1992-96 and junior MeganBradley played her freshman season at UCLA in 2002. UCLA leads the all-time series with the Hurricanes, 5-2.
Bruins Post Weekend Sweep of Arizona Schools . . .
UCLA improved to 3-1 in the Pac-10 after picking up a pair of conference wins this past weekend in Arizona. The Bruins started off with a 6-1 decision over Arizona on Friday in Tucson. In that match, UCLA lost the doubles point but managed to capture all six singles matches. It was the first meeting between these two teams this season as the Feb. 21 showdown at the LATC was cancelled to due rain. The Bruins had a tougher time against Arizona State on Saturday, but were able to pull out a 4-3 victory. UCLA again lost the doubles point and this time won four of six matches for the close decision. Singles winners for the Bruins on Saturday included Jackie Carleton, Feriel Esseghir, Daniela Bercek and Sarah Gregg. The Bruins also defeated the Sun Devils, 5-1 back on Feb. 20 at the LATC.
UCLA in the ITA Rankings . . .
UCLA checks in at No. 12 in the latest ITA Rankings released on Mar. 9. Individually, Jackie Carleton is ranked No. 29 in singles and is followed by No. 40 Daniela Bercek and No. 77 Alex McGoodwin. Carleton and Lauren Fisher are ranked No. 8 in doubles, while Carleton and Feriel Esseghir check in at No. 23. New team rankings will be released this Tuesday, while individual rankings will not be released again until Mar. 23.
ITA Rankings (3/9)Looking Ahead . . .
1. Stanford 2. Georgia 3. Florida 4. Vanderbilt 5. North Carolina 6. Duke 7. Northwestern 8. Washington 9. Cal 10. Texas 11. USC 12. UCLA 13. Clemson 14. Fresno State 15. Harvard 16. Texas A&M 17. Michigan 18. Notre Dame 19. Kentucky 20. Miami 21. BYU 22. Illinois 23. Oregon 24. Indiana 25. Tulane
Following this Wednesday's meeting with Miami, UCLA will have a two-week layoff for final exams and spring break. The Bruins will not be in action again until Mar. 31 against UNLV. That match is being made up after originally being scheduled for Jan. 23.
UCLA Home Matches Live Via the Internet . . .
All UCLA home matches can be followed live at UCLA's official athletic website www.uclabruins.com. Fans can access the matches by clicking on the "Live Stats" link in the Events Calendar on the front page or by going into the women's tennis schedule. There is also a link on the main women's tennis page.
Head Coach Stella Sampras Webster . . .
Stella Sampras Webster enters her eighth season as the head coach of the UCLA women's tennis program with a career record of 119-74 (.617). In her first seven seasons at UCLA, Sampras Webster guided the Bruins to six top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, including four top-5 showings (1997, 2000 2002 and 2003). In addition, UCLA has reached the NCAA Quarterfinals three out of the last four years (2000, 2002 and 2003). Under her tutelage, the Bruins have finished in the top-10 nationally, six out of seven years. In 2000, Sampras Webster was named the ITA West Region Coach of the Year. A 1991 graduate of UCLA with a degree in Psychology, Sampras Webster enjoyed a successful four-year career as a Bruin player from 1987-91 and competed on the pro circuit for a season prior to joining Zaima's staff. An NCAA Doubles Champion as a freshman in 1988 with Allyson Cooper, Sampras Webster was also the NCAA doubles runner-up as a senior in 1991 with Kimberly Po. She is one of only five four-time All-Americans in UCLA women's tennis history.