April 12, 2011
THIS WEEK:The No. 6 UCLA women's tennis team (16-5; 6-1 Pac-10) returns to action this week to face two local rivals on the road. Action gets underway this Wednesday when the Bruins head to Malibu for a 1:30 p.m. showdown against No. 28 Pepperdine (16-6) at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center. Live stats for the match will be available by clicking HERE. UCLA's week culminates with a very important conference showdown against No. 14 USC (13-6; 3-3 Pac-10) on Friday at 3:00 p.m. That match will take place at USC's Marks Tennis Stadium. It will be the second meeting between the two teams this year, with UCLA registering a 5-2 non-conference back on March 2 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. Live stats and video for Friday's match can be found HERE.
BRUINS GO 2-0 IN ARIZONA: UCLA completed a successful week in the desert last week, posting wins over both Arizona and Arizona State. UCLA started the weekend with a 7-0 victory over No. 29 Arizona in Tucson. The Wildcats had only five healthy players for the match, meaning that they had to forfeit at No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles. That had little impact on the match, however, as UCLA swept doubles play and won all five singles matches in straight sets. The Bruins had a tougher time against No. 15 ASU on Saturday, posting a 4-2 victory in a match that didn't feature any doubles due to rain. After a three-hour rain delay, both teams agreed to start with singles and play doubles only if necessary. Luckily for the Bruins it wasn't necessary to play doubles, as wins by Andrea Remynse, Pamela Montez, Maya Johansson and Carling Seguso secured the win for UCLA.
PAC-10 TITLE RACE: At 6-1, UCLA is currently in a tie with Cal for second place in the Pac-10 standings. Both teams trail Stanford, which takes a perfect 7-0 league record into this Saturday's encounter in Berkeley. If Cal can knock off Stanford on Saturday, both teams will end the season 7-1 in conference play. UCLA would also finish 7-1 with a win over USC on Friday. Because there is no tiebreaker, all three teams would earn a share of the 2011 Pac-10 title.
BRUINS UP TO NO. 6: UCLA moved up two spots from No. 8 to No. 6 in the latest ITA Team Rankings released on Tuesday. Florida is the top-ranked team this week, surpassing No. 2 Stanford despite suffering a loss to the Cardinal at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors. Duke, North Carolina and Miami round out the top 5. Individual rankings were also released on Tuesday and the Bruins have five players currently ranked in singles. They are: Noelle Hickey (#43), McCall Jones (#60), Andrea Remynse (#62), Courtney Dolehide (#90) and Pamela Montez (#99). UCLA also has two doubles teams ranked in the top 20, with Hickey and Jones checking in at No. 16, and Dolehide and Remynse coming in at No. 17. Complete rankings can be found HERE.
DID YOU KNOW?: Maya Johansson has lost just two dual matches in the last two seasons, taking a 31-2 record into this Wednesday's showdown with Pepperdine. After going 20-1 in dual matches a year ago, Johansson is off to an excellent start this year as well, posting an 11-1 record in dual-match play. She is also unbeaten in her last 13 matches and owns an overall singles record of 18-5 on the year.
OJAI JUST AROUND THE CORNER: The annual Pac-10 Championships in Ojai will take place from April 28-May 1 this year. UCLA is the defending champions in all four draws, as the Bruins swept play at the Pac-10s in 2010. Click HERE for a recap of last year's tournament. More information about this year's tournament can be found at the official tournament website: www.ojaitourney.org.