April 25, 2007
UCLA Women's Players Head to Ojai
Members of the 11th-ranked UCLA women's tennis team will be competing individually this week in the Pac-10 Championships, as part of the 107th Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament in Ojai, Calif. The women will be playing at the Ojai Valley Athletic Club on Thursday and Friday before joining the men at Libbey Park on Saturday and Sunday. Information about the tournament, including draws and directions, can be accessed at the official tournament website: http://www.ojaitourney.org.
Tracy Lin, Ashley Joelson and Yasmin Schnack will be representing the Bruins in the main singles draw in Ojai. Elizabeth Lumpkin, Alex McGoodwin, Anna-Viktoria Lind, Stephanie Wetmore, Becky Duesler and Sarah Yang are all entered in the invitational draw. UCLA's three doubles teams in the main draw are Schnack/Zalameda, Lumpkin/Wetmore and Joelson/McGoodwin. The duos of Lin/Lind and Duesler/Yang will be in the invitational draw.
Last Year at The Ojai
Sophomore Ashley Joelson, who is competing in the main draw this year, is the defending invitational singles champion in Ojai. She defeated Stanford's Jessica Nguyen, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 in last year's final. She was also a semifinalist in doubles with partner Tracy Lin. Laura Gordon, who graduated last year, was a quarterfinalist in the main singles draw, reaching the semifinals in doubles with partner Riza Zalameda.
UCLA's History in Ojai
UCLA has had four players win the Pac-10 singles title, with the last being Sara Walker in 2000. Annica Cooper (1998), Keri Phebus (1995) and Jane Thomas (1987) have also won the title. Mariko Fritz-Krockow and Walker were UCLA's last doubles winners, claiming the title in 2001. Other winners include, Mamie Ceniza/Stella Sampras (1989), Kim Po/Sampras (1991) and Phebus/Paige Yaroshuk (1996).
Bruins Tie for Second in the Pac-10 With Upset over No. 8 USC
Bruin sophomore Ashley Joelson won a third set tiebreaker over Dianne Matias in the deciding singles match on Saturday, helping UCLA register a 4-3 victory over No. 8 USC. With the dual match tied at 3-3, Joelson battled back from 5-3 down in the final set to defeat Matias, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(2) at the No. 4 position. After sweeping all three doubles matches, the Bruins received singles victories from Joelson, Yasmin Schnack (#3 spot) and Elizabeth Lumpkin (#6 spot). UCLA, which improved to 16-7 overall, ended the Pac-10 season with a 6-2 record. The Bruins finished tied for second place in the conference with USC, their highest finish since 2000.
Bruins Down Waves, 6-1
Prior to its thrilling victory over USC last Saturday, UCLA hosted No. 19 Pepperdine in the final regular-season match at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. After dropping the doubles point, the Bruins cruised to six singles victories to take the match 6-1. It marked the first time this season that the Bruins were able to come back and win after losing the doubles point.
In the Fila/ITA Rankings
Following its upset over USC, UCLA moved up one spot from No. 12 to No. 11 in this week's Fila/ITA National Team Rankings. It's the highest the Bruins have been ranked this season since reaching No. 10 back on Apr. 3. Individually, UCLA has four players ranked in singles. They are: Riza Zalameda (#15), Tracy Lin (#35), Yasmin Schnack (#49) and Ashley Joelson (#101). The Bruins' ranked doubles teams are Schnack/Zalameda (#26) and Elizabeth Lumpkin/Stephanie Wetmore (#38).
Schnack in 20/20 Club
Although only a freshman, Yasmin Schnack is the first Bruin to reach 20 wins in both singles and doubles this season. Schnack, from Sacramento, Calif., owns a 22-11 overall record in singles play. She is 12-6 in dual matches, seeing most of her time at the Nos. 2 and 3 positions. She is 20-6 overall in doubles, posting a 14-4 mark in dual-match play. She teams mostly with Riza Zalameda at the No. 1 position.
At the LATC
UCLA finished 9-2 in home matches at the Los Angeles Tennis Center this season. The Bruins have not lost more than three matches at the LATC since the 2001 season. Since moving permanently to the LATC in 1997, UCLA has posted a home record of 111-32. The Bruins could add to their home win total this season if they are selected to host NCAA Regional play.
NCAA Announcements Set for May 1
The draw for the 64-team NCAA Women's Tennis Championships will be announced on ESPNews on Tuesday, May 1 at 5:30 PM (PST). If the Bruins are selected to host a regional, play will likely be May 12-13 at the LATC. The Bruins did not host an NCAA Regional in 2006, instead traveling to Pepperdine where they posted two wins to advance to the 16-team NCAA Championships at Stanford. Once there, UCLA lost a close 4-3 decision to No. 4 Florida in the round of 16.
Head Coach Stella Sampras Webster
Head coach Stella Sampras Webster owns an overall record of 181-97 (.651) in her 11th season at the helm of the UCLA program. She is coming off her seventh-consecutive top 10 finish at the NCAA Championships, as the Bruins reached the round of 16 at the 2006 championships. Sampras Webster was also an outstanding player at UCLA from 1988-91, as she is one of only four players in UCLA women's tennis history to earn All-America honors every year of her career.