March 8, 2010
Pepperdine, No. 9 Baylor on Tap This Week for Women's Tennis Team
The fourth-ranked UCLA women's tennis team (13-1; 1-0 Pac-10) will play its final two non-conference matches of the regular season this week, as the Bruins are set to face both Pepperdine and Baylor. UCLA will take on Pepperdine (4-7) on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in Malibu. The Bruins already own a 5-0 victory over the Waves this season, as the two teams squared off during qualifying for the ITA National Team Indoors back in January. On Wednesday, the ninth-ranked Baylor Bears (9-2) will visit the Los Angeles Tennis Center at 1:30 p.m. The Bears edged the Bruins, 4-3 during last season's showdown in Waco.
UCLA Off to Best Start Since 1990
At 13-1 overall, UCLA is off to its best start in 20 years, as the 1990 team also began the season with a 13-1 record. That 1990 team, however, lost its next match, meaning that if the Bruins can beat Pepperdine on Tuesday to go to 14-1, it will mark the best start since 1987. That year's team, led by current volunteer assistant coach Bill Zaima, started the season 20-0.
Bruins Down Trojans, 4-3 in Cross-Town Showdown
UCLA's Andrea Remynse clinched the team's 4-3 victory over No. 12 USC last Wednesday at USC's Marks Tennis Stadium. With the dual match tied at 3-3, Remynse's 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 upset over 22nd-ranked Danielle Lao at court No. 3 sealed the Bruins' victory over their cross-town rivals. She was trailing Lao 4-2 in that final set before reeling off four straight games to take the match. Other singles winners for UCLA were Pamela Montez (court No. 4) and Maya Johansson (court No. 6). The Bruins also won the doubles point against the Women of Troy.
UCLA Cruises over Oregon in Eugene
UCLA had little trouble in its Pac-10 opener against Oregon on Saturday in Eugene, as the Bruins posted a 7-0 victory over the Ducks at the 18th Street Courts. UCLA swept the doubles play and then won five of six singles matches in straight sets.
New Team Rankings Released on Tuesday
UCLA is currently ranked No. 4 in the ITA Rankings released on March 2. Northwestern is the nation's top-ranked team, followed by North Carolina, Notre Dame, UCLA and Cal. New team rankings will be released again on Tuesday. Individually, Yasmin Schnack leads all UCLA players at No. 5. She is followed by No. 34 Andrea Remynse, No. 37 Noelle Hickey and No. 124 Stephanie Hoffpauir. Remynse and Schnack made a big jump in the doubles rankings last week, climbing from No. 11 to No. 4. New individual rankings will next be released on March 16. Complete women's rankings can be found HERE.
Bruins to Take Time Off for Final Exams/Spring Break
This Wednesday's match with Baylor will be UCLA's last competition for more than two weeks, as the Bruins will take time off for final exams and Spring Break. UCLA's next match will be a home contest against Washington State on March 26 at 1:30 p.m.