May 17, 2011
Sixth-Seeded UCLA to Face No. 11 Virginia in NCAA Round of 16 This Friday
Following a pair of NCAA Regional wins over the weekend, the sixth-seeded UCLA women's tennis team (20-5) continues NCAA Tournament action this week and will face 11th-seeded Virginia (20-7) in the round of 16 on Friday at 9:00 a.m. in Stanford, Calif. It will mark the first-ever meeting between the Bruins and Cavaliers, who have advanced to the round of 16 for the first time in program history. Live stats from Stanford can be located HERE.
Bruins Perfect in Regional Play
UCLA advanced through NCAA Regional play without dropping a match over the weekend, downing both Quinnipiac and San Diego by 4-0 scores. Since NCAA Regional play was instituted in 1998, the Bruins have advanced to the national finals (round of 16) in 13 out of 14 years.
UCLA at the NCAA Championships
Only three teams (UCLA, Stanford and Cal) have made the NCAA Tournament every year since women's tennis became an NCAA sport in 1982. The Bruins' selection to the 2011 tournament marks the team's 30th-straight appearance. UCLA captured its only NCAA title in 2008, beating Cal, 4-0 in the final that year in Tulsa, Okla. The Bruins' only other national title was in 1981 AIAW (Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women).
Last Time at Stanford
The Bruins were unseeded the last time Stanford hosted the NCAA Championships in 2006, yet UCLA still won two regional matches at home to advance to the round of 16 in the Bay Area. Once in Stanford, the Bruins took fourth-seeded Florida to the limit before eventually falling 4-3. UCLA's Riza Zalameda reached the quarterfinals in both singles and doubles (w/Laura Gordon) in the 2006 individual draws.
Duke-Georgia Tech Winner on Deck
If UCLA can get past Virginia on Friday, the Bruins will face the winner of third-seeded Duke and 14th-seeded Georgia Tech in the quarterfinals on Sunday at Noon. A UCLA-Duke encounter will be a rematch of last year's NCAA Round of 16 in Athens, Ga. The Blue Devils, who were seeded No. 10 in last year's tournament, upset the seventh-seeded Bruins, 4-2.
UCLA Against the Round of 16
UCLA has faced five of the other 15 teams still alive in the NCAA Tournament this season, owning a 2-5 record. The Bruins' wins have come over Cal (4-3 on March 26) and Miami (4-2 on Feb. 17).
Bruins Reach 20-Win Mark Again
With a pair of regional wins over the weekend, UCLA improved to 20-5 on the year, marking the program's fourth 20-win season in the last five years. It also marks Stella Sampras Webster's fifth 20-win season in 15 years of coaching at UCLA.
Bruins to Compete in NCAA Individual Championships
UCLA has two singles players and two doubles teams that will be competing in the NCAA Individual Championships, which begins after the team competition and runs from May 25-30. Competing in singles will be at-large selections Noelle Hickey and McCall Jones. Hickey reached the round of 16 at last year's tournament in Athens, Ga. Hickey and Jones will also be competing in the 32-team doubles draw alongside teammates Andrea Remynse and Courtney Dolehide.
UCLA in the ITA Rankings
UCLA checked in at No. 6 in the final ITA Team Rankings of the regular season released on May 2. Individually, UCLA has five players ranked in singles led by Noelle Hickey at No. 41. She is followed by No. 56 McCall Jones, No. 76 Andrea Remynse, No. 77 Courtney Dolehide and No. 97 Pamela Montez. In doubles, Dolehide and Remynse check in at No. 23, followed by Hickey and Jones at No. 24. New team and individual rankings will not be released again until the conclusion of the NCAA Tournament.
Senior Maya Johansson has lost just two dual singles matches in the last two seasons, posting a record of 34-2. After going 20-1 last year, Johansson has notched a 14-1 record this season. Her overall singles record the last two years stands at 44-12.
Bruins Finish 2nd in Final Pac-10 Standings
With a 7-1 conference record, UCLA came in just behind undefeated Stanford in the 2011 Pac-10 standings. The Cardinal handed the Bruins their only league loss this season, registering a 6-1 win at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on March 25.
Peaking at the Right Time
After a somewhat slow start to the 2011 dual-match season, UCLA heads into this week's NCAA Round of 16 on a nine-match winning streak. In fact, the Bruins have won 13 of their last 14 matches, with their lone loss coming against No. 2 Stanford on March 25.
Going For NCAA Title 107
Although Stanford recently captured the school's 101st NCAA title last week, UCLA is still the national leader in NCAA Championships with 106. UCLA entered last year with 104 before going on to win titles in softball and women's gymnastics.
Remynse Moves Up UCLA Wins Chart
With her next singles victory, senior Andrea Remynse will tie former doubles partner Yasmin Schnack for fourth place on the UCLA all-time wins list at 106. Remynse currently owns a 105-44 career singles record. She has posted at least 20 wins in each of her four seasons at UCLA, winning a team-high 37 as a freshman in 2008.
Head Coach Stella Sampras Webster
Stella Sampras Webster owns a 270-119 (.694) overall record in her 15th season as head coach in Westwood, In 2008, she led UCLA to the school's first NCAA Women's Tennis Championship - and first national championship since 1981 (AIAW) - with a 4-0 victory over Cal in the final in Tulsa, Okla. It marked the 102nd NCAA title in UCLA history. Sampras Webster also guided the Bruins to their first Pac-10 Championship that year, finishing the conference season with a 7-1 record. She was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year at the end of the season. Few college coaches can match Sampras Webster's ability to continually put their teams in the title hunt year in and year out. Prior to the 2008 championship season, she guided the program to a pair of second place finishes in 2004 and 2007. In all, Sampras Webster has led the Bruins 13 top-10 finishes in 15 seasons in Westwood. UCLA has also finished in the top 5 nationally on seven occasions (1997, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2008).