Feb. 12, 2008
No. 8 UCLA Hosts LMU, #12 Fresno State This Week
The No. 8 ranked UCLA women's tennis team (5-1) has a pair of home matches this week, as the Bruins will host Loyola Marymount (0-5) on Wednesday and No. 12 Fresno State (2-1) on Friday. Both matches begin at 1:30 p.m. UCLA takes a perfect 15-0 record against LMU into this week's showdown. The Bruins are 9-1 all-time against Fresno State.
Fans unable to attend any home match at the Los Angeles Tennis Center can follow the action live at UCLA's official website: www.uclabruins.com. The live stats can be accessed either by going to the women's tennis schedule or by clicking on the "Live Stats" link located on the main women's tennis page.
Bruins Go 2-1 at National Team Indoors
UCLA entered last week's USTA/ITA National Team Indoors with a No. 2 seed and a legitimate shot at taking the title. The Bruins, however, fell in the opening round to No. 14 North Carolina, 4-3. UCLA did rebound to win two more matches in consolation play, defeating No. 39 Arkansas, 4-3, and No. 16 Clemson, 5-2. Defending NCAA Champion Georgia Tech won the event.
Senior Riza Zalameda nearly knocked off the nation's No. 1 player last week, as she extended top-ranked Aurelija Miseviciute of Arkansas to three sets in their showdown at No. 1 singles. Zalameda won the first set 7-5, however Miseviciute battled back to take the next two sets for an eventual 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 win.
Lumpkin, Remynse Perfect in Madison
Senior Elizabeth Lumpkin and freshman Andrea Remynse were the only two Bruin players to win all three of their singles matches at the Indoors. Lumpkin began the tournament with a dominating 6-2, 6-0 victory over North Carolina's Laura Reichert. She followed that up with a 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-1 win against Audrey Bordeleau of Arkansas before defeating Clemson's Laurianne Henry, 6-1, 6-1. Remynse, on the other hand, was the only Bruin not to surrender a set, defeating Austin Smith of North Carolina, 6-2, 7-5, Anouk Tigu of Arkansas, 6-4, 6-1, and Estefania Balda of Clemson, 6-3, 6-2.
UCLA in the ITA Rankings
Following its loss to North Carolina, UCLA fell from No. 2 to No. 8 in the latest ITA Rankings released on Feb. 12. Individually, senior Riza Zalameda leads the way at No. 25 in singles. She is followed by No. 27 Andrea Remynse, No. 28 Yasmin Schnack and No. 41 Tracy Lin. Schnack and Zalameda are also ranked No. 16 in doubles. Individual rankings will be released again next week.
ITA Top 25 (Feb. 12)
1. Georgia Tech
5. North Carolina
7. Miami (Fla.)
11. Southern California
t12 Fresno State
14. Notre Dame
16. William & Mary
19. Arizona State
20. Wake Forest
22. Florida State
Baylor Match Moved to Feb. 26
UCLA and Baylor were supposed to square off on Jan. 25, however that match was postponed due to rain. Instead, the Bruins and Bears will now meet at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on Feb. 26 at 1:30 p.m.
Sampras Webster Begins 12th Season
UCLA head coach Stella Sampras Webster is in her 12th season at the helm of the Bruin women's tennis program. Sampras Webster, who has guided the Bruins to a pair of appearances in the NCAA Final (2004 and 2007), owns a 191-99 overall coaching record. She has also led UCLA to six top-five finishes at the NCAA Championships.