May 12, 2008
No. 7 UCLA Heads to NCAA Round of 16 in Tulsa, Okla.
The seventh-seeded UCLA women's tennis team (20-5) picked up a pair of wins in regional play over the weekend to advance to the round of 16 of the NCAA Championships, May 15-20 in Tulsa, Okla. The Bruins are scheduled to face No. 10 USC this Thursday at 3:00 p.m. (CST). If the Bruins can win that match, they will face either Arkansas or No. 2 Georgia on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. The tournament is hosted by the University of Tulsa and played on campus at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center. Live stats will be provided for all matches. Click HERE to visit Tulsa's tournament page.
Bruins and Women of Troy to Meet for a Third Time
The Bruins have already posted a pair of wins over the Women of Troy this season, winning 6-1 at USC on March 13, and 5-2 at UCLA on April 18. The last time these two teams met during the NCAA Tournament was back in 2005 at the University of Georgia. USC won that match 4-3.
UCLA Cruises in NCAA Regional Play
The Bruins hosted a four-team NCAA Regional at the Los Angeles Tennis Center last weekend, as Buffalo, Long Beach State and Denver rounded out the field. Denver defeated Long Beach State, 4-0 in its opening-round match, while UCLA defeated Buffalo by the same score. The Bruins were never really tested on the weekend, taking another 4-0 win over Denver in the second round to earn a spot in this week's round of 16.
Bruins Earn No. 7 Seed
At No. 7, UCLA has equaled its highest seeding since the NCAA began seeding the top 16 teams back in 1999. The Bruins also earned a No. 7 seed on two prior occasions (1999 and 2002). Only twice in the last 10 years has UCLA not been a top 16 seed (2001 and 2006). The Bruins still managed to advance to the round of 16 both years. The lone year that UCLA did not make it past regionals was 1999, as the seventh-seeded Bruins were upset in the second round by South Alabama that year.
A Year Ago at the Championships
The Bruins surprised everyone but themselves a year ago, becoming the lowest seed to reach the NCAA Final since the new seeding format was adopted in 1999. Checking in at No. 12, UCLA posted upsets over No. 5 Northwestern, No. 4 Florida and No. 1 Stanford en route to the final. UCLA, however, came just shy of the school's first NCAA Championship in women's tennis, as the Bruins dropped a 4-2 decision to No. 3 Georgia Tech in the title match.
NCAA Tournament History
UCLA's best team showing at the NCAA Championships is second place, as the Bruins have finished runner-up on five occasions (1982, 1989, 1991, 2004 and 2008). UCLA actually won the national title a year before the NCAA became the governing body of women's athletics (UCLA's 1981 title is from the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women - AIAW). The Bruins have advanced to the round of 16 in each of the last nine seasons.
Against the NCAA Tournament Field
UCLA owns a 10-5 record against teams that made the 64-team NCAA Championship draw. In addition, four of the Bruins' five losses this season have come against teams that have earned seeds in the tournament (No. 4 Stanford, No. 5 Baylor, No. 8 Cal and No. 15 North Carolina). Arizona State was the only un-seeded team to beat UCLA this year. UCLA owns a 7-3 record against the 15 teams that are still alive in the tournament.
UCLA Players Selected for NCAA Individual Tournament
Headlined by eighth-seeded Riza Zalameda, the Bruins will have four players competing in the NCAA Singles Championships, May 21-26 in Tulsa. UCLA's other three entrants into the 64-player singles draw include Tracy Lin, Yasmin Schnack and Andrea Remynse. In doubles, the Bruins feature the top-seeded team in Lin and Zalameda. UCLA's last NCAA Singles Champion was Keri Phebus, who won the title back in 1995. The last Bruin doubles team to win a championship was the duo of Daniela Bercek and Lauren Fisher in 2004.
Bruins Down USC to Earn First-Ever Pac-10 Championship
UCLA captured the program's first-ever Pac-10 Championship on April 18, defeating No. 10 USC, 5-2, to end the conference season 7-1. The Bruins were named co-champions with Stanford, as the Cardinal also finished with the same 7-1 league record. UCLA and Stanford split matches during the regular season, however the Cardinal won the conference match between the two teams to earn the Pac-10's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
UCLA Ranked No. 7 Nationally
UCLA checks in at No. 7 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings released on April 28. The Bruins, who have been listed in the top 11 all season, have been ranked as high as No. 2 this year (Feb. 5). Individually, Riza Zalameda is the highest ranked singles player at No. 8. She is followed by No. 30 Tracy Lin, No. 42 Yasmin Schnack, No. 54 Andrea Remynse, No. 105 Elizabeth Lumpkin and No. 124 Alex McGoodwin. In doubles, Lin and Zalameda are the top-ranked team in the country. The tandem of Lumpkin and Stephanie Wetmore is ranked No. 56. New rankings will not be released again until the end of the season. Click HERE for the latest rankings.
Zalameda, McGoodwin, Remynse Crowned Champions in Ojai
Senior Riza Zalameda defeated second-seeded Amanda Fink of USC, 6-3, 6-4 in the finals of the Pac-10 Championships on April 27, becoming the first Bruin player to win the main draw singles title in Ojai since Sara Walker in 2000. Zalameda, who was seeded fourth in the tournament, dropped just one set in five matches. Also winning a singles title at the Pac-10 Championships was senior Alex McGoodwin, who defeated Arizona State's Wendy Pilecka, 7-6(7), 6-1 in the Invitational singles final. McGoodwin then teamed with freshman Andrea Remynse to win the Invitational doubles title, defeating Cal's Rachael Dillon/Daron Moore, 8-1.
UCLA at the LATC
UCLA owns a 13-2 record in home matches at the Los Angeles Tennis Center this season. The Bruins, whose only two losses were against No. 4 Baylor (5-2) and No. 6 Cal (4-3), are 24-4 at the LATC over the last two seasons.
20 Wins Again
With a pair of wins in NCAA Regional play this past weekend, the Bruins improved their record to 20-5 on the season, marking the second year in a row that UCLA has reached the 20-win mark. Last year's team, which finished 21-8 overall, was the first squad to reach 20 wins since the 1991 team finished 23-5 overall.
McGoodwin Named UCLA's Scholar Athlete of the Year
Senior Alex McGoodwin recently earned the Rose Gilbert UCLA Scholar Athlete of the Year Award for her outstanding efforts in the classroom. The award, which is given annually to one male and one female UCLA student-athlete, rewards those with the highest GPAs in the Athletic Department. McGoodwin, who is majoring in geography, was joined by men's winner Chris Joseph from the football team.
Brown to Coach ITA Summer Collegiate Team
UCLA assistant head coach Rance Brown has been selected to coach the women's 2008 USTA Summer Collegiate Team. Team selections will be announced in early June following the NCAA Championships. The USTA Summer Collegiate Team is an elite training program for the top American collegiate tennis players.
Zalameda Going for Four in a Row
Riza Zalameda is hoping to become just the sixth player in UCLA history to earn All-America honors every year of her career. The senior from Los Angeles has been named a singles and doubles All-American in each of her previous three seasons (2005-07). If she can enjoy yet another All-America campaign, she will join Kathy O'Brien (1979-82), Stella Sampras (1988-91), Mamie Ceniza (1989-92), Keri Phebus (1993-96) and Sara Walker (2000-03) as one of UCLA's four-time All-Americans.
101 And Counting
The UCLA women's water polo team recently captured the school's 101st NCAA Team Championship on Sunday, defeating USC, 6-3 in the title match at Stanford University. UCLA, which leads the nation in NCAA Team Championships, was the first school to reach 100 NCAA Championships when the women's water polo team won the title in 2007. Stanford ranks second in all-time NCAA Championships with 95. USC has 85.
UCLA's Tracy Lin and Riza Zalameda currently make up the top-ranked doubles team in the country. Interestingly enough, the two players only began playing dual matches together when Zalameda's normal partner, Yasmin Schnack, went down with an injury at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors. Head coach Stella Sampras Webster knew that they would be good together, however, as Lin and Zalameda teamed together in the fall to win the title at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic. They have gone 13-2 at the No. 1 position this season, earning the top seed in next week's NCAA Doubles Championships.
UCLA features one of the most balanced lineups in the country, as the Bruins have proved this season that they are capable of getting wins at any position in the lineup. Case in point, UCLA's combined record at the Nos. 1-3 positions stands at 52-19. Compare that to its record at the bottom three positions and there isn't much difference, as the Bruins are 55-18 at the Nos. 4-6 spots. In short, UCLA isn't relying on any one or two singles players to pull out a victory...everyone's contributing.
Lumpkin Enjoying Outstanding Senior Season
Elizabeth Lumpkin is making her final season in Westwood a memorable one, as the senior from Naperville, Ill. currently leads the team in singles victories with 35. Even more impressive is her record in dual-match play, as she takes a 23-1 mark into this week's showdown with USC. Lumpkin has played primarily at the No. 5 position, going a perfect 15-0. She is also 4-0 at No. 4, and 4-1 at No. 6. Lumpkin is currently listed at No. 105 in the latest ITA Singles Rankings.
Zalameda Nearly Qualifies for WTA Tour's Pacific Life Open
After winning the singles title at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in Jan., UCLA's Riza Zalameda was given a wild card into the qualifying of the WTA Tour's Pacific Life Open, March 10-11 in Indian Wells, Calif. The Bruin senior won her first-round match, upsetting world No. 127 Julia Goerges of Germany, 6-7(1), 7-5, 7-5. Zalameda came just one win shy of qualifying for the main draw, however, falling to No. 101 Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia, 3-6, 6-1, 7-6(5).
Did You Know?
All six of UCLA's singles players are currently listed in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Singles Rankings. Georgia Tech and Stanford are the other two schools which currently have six players ranked in singles.
UCLA's Elizabeth Lumpkin and Riza Zalameda each won Pac-10 Player of the Week Awards this season. Lumpkin earned her first-ever honor by defeating three ranked players in one week - No. 37 Jana Belikova (Baylor), No. 45 Whitney Deason (Stanford) and No. 87 Bojana Bobusic (Cal). Zalameda, who won the award three times in 2008, most recently took it home after winning the Pac-10 Singles Championship. She has been named Pac-10 POW a total of five times in her career, more than any other women's player.
Head Coach Stella&mbsp;Sampras Webster
UCLA head coach Stella Sampras Webster is in her 12th season at the helm of the Bruin women's tennis program with an overall record of 206-103. Sampras Webster has guided the Bruins to the NCAA Tournament every year of her career, highlighted by a pair of appearances in the NCAA Final (2004 and 2007). She has also led UCLA to six top-five finishes at the NCAA Championships.