April 14, 2010
No. 7 Women's Tennis to Host No. 16 USC This Friday
One of the best rivalries in college tennis will take place this Friday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center, as seventh-ranked UCLA (18-3; 5-1 Pac-10) and No. 16 USC (13-7; 5-1 Pac-10) are set to do battle beginning at 1:30 p.m. The two teams squared off earlier this season, with the Bruins registering a 4-3 victory over the Women of Troy at USC's Marks Tennis Stadium on March 3. Unlike the earlier meeting, Friday's contest will count towards the Pac-10 standings.
Pizza, Giveaways and Trivia Scheduled for This Friday
Free pizza will be given out to the first 100 fans in attendance at Friday's match. Fans are also encouraged to take part in the Bruin Trivia Contest for the chance to win prizes between singles and doubles. The UCLA Band is scheduled to be in attendance as well. Friday is also Breast Cancer Awareness Day at the LATC. The team will be wearing pink uniforms to honor those who have been affected by the disease. As always, admission is free to all regular season home matches at the LATC.
Follow the Action Online
If you are unable to attend Friday's UCLA-USC match you can still follow the action live on UCLA's athletic website. Live scoring updates for all six courts can be accessed by clicking HERE.
Senior Day for Schnack
UCLA senior Yasmin Schnack will be appearing in her final regular season home match this Friday when the Bruins take the court against USC. Currently ranked in the top 10 nationally in both singles and doubles, Schnack is one of just two remaining players (Andrea Remynse is the other) from UCLA's 2008 NCAA Championship team. If she earns All-America honors this season, she will be one of just 11 players in program history to achieve All-America status three out of four years. She will be recognized for her achievements prior to the start of Friday's match.
UCLA Still in Pac-10 Title Contention
At 6-0, Stanford is the lone undefeated team in conference play and can guarantee itself at least a share of this year's Pac-10 title with a victory over Cal on Saturday. For the Bruins to have any chance at the title, they would have to beat USC and have Cal beat Stanford. That would give Cal, Stanford and UCLA identical 6-1 conference records, forcing the three teams to play make-up matches on Wednesday, April 21 in Ojai, Calif. UCLA would play Cal, and Stanford would square off against USC. The make-ups are due to the fact that rain forced the cancellation of play between the four teams two weeks ago in the Bay Area.
UCLA Checks in at No. 7
The Bruins are up one spot from No. 8 to No. 7 in the weekly team rankings issued by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) on Tuesday. Individual rankings were also released for the first time since March 30. In singles, Yasmin Schnack continues to be the Bruins' highest-ranked singles player, checking in at No. 8 this week. She is followed by No. 26 Andrea Remynse and No. 51 Noelle Hickey. In doubles, Remynse and Schnack remain at No. 4, while Hickey and Nina Pantic debut in the rankings at No. 77. Complete ITA rankings can be found by clicking HERE.
Bruins Down Arizona Schools at Home
UCLA is coming off a successful Pac-10 weekend at home, beating both Arizona and Arizona State at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. After downing the Wildcats , 7-0 on Friday, the Bruins had a much tougher time with the No. 21 Sun Devils on Saturday, winning 4-3. With UCLA leading 3-2, and the two remaining matches in third sets, junior Maya Johansson clinched the win for the Bruins with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Sianna Simmons at court No. 5.