March 21, 2012
LOS ANGELES - The top-ranked UCLA women's tennis team (14-0, 1-0 Pac-12) heads out of LA this week for its first two conference road matches of the season, as the Bruins take on Pac-12 newcomers Colorado and Utah this weekend. Action begins on Friday in Boulder, Colo. as UCLA and Colorado (7-6; 0-2 Pac-12) are set to clash at 12:30 p.m. (PST). The Bruins then have a day off for travel before facing Utah (8-5; 0-2 Pac-12) on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. (PST). Live stats are not available this weekend however fans are encouraged to follow the team's twitter page: @uclawtennis.
In their only match last week, the Bruins managed to post their 10th shutout in 14 total contests, downing local rival Pepperdine, 7-0 on Monday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. Despite suffering an upset at the No. 1 doubles position, where Pepperdine's 57th-ranked Lorraine Guillermo and Khunpak Issara beat 14th-ranked Robin Anderson and Skylar Morton, UCLA still notched the doubles point with wins at court Nos. 2 and 3. It marked the 13th time that the Bruins have won the doubles point this year, with Georgia Tech the only team to claim two doubles wins against UCLA. The Bruins then won five of six singles matches in straight sets against Pepperdine to finish off the win. Anderson, who is ranked No. 5 nationally in singles, managed to avenge her doubles loss, beating Issara, 6-4, 6-1 at the No. 1 position.
UCLA remained in the top spot nationally for the fourth week in a row this week, as the ITA released its team rankings on Tuesday. Florida, USC, Stanford and Duke round out the top 5. Individual rankings were released last week and Anderson moved up to a career-high No. 3 in singles. She trails only top-ranked Allie Will of Florida and No. 2 Beatrice Capra of Duke, who she beat in three sets at the ITA National Team Indoors in February. The five other Bruin singles players who are also currently ranked are: Chanelle Van Nguyen (No. 78), Kaitlin Ray (No. 89), McCall Jones (No. 104), Courtney Dolehide (No. 110) and Pamela Montez (No. 119). UCLA and Duke are the only schools in the country to have six players ranked. UCLA, however, is the only school with two doubles teams ranked in the top 10, as Anderson and Morton check in at No. 6, followed by Dolehide and Montez at No. 10. Jones and Carling Seguso are also ranked this week at No. 62.
Following this week's trips to Colorado and Utah, the Bruins have a four-match homestand beginning with Washington on March 30. UCLA will also face Oregon (March 31), ASU (April 6) and Arizona (April 7). The final home match of the season for UCLA will be on April 20 against USC.
In case you missed it, Courtney Jones from Fox Sports recently did an excellent feature on UCLA's four freshmen. The piece can be found by clicking HERE.