May 9, 2007
UCLA to Host Quinnipiac in NCAA 1st Round
The 12th-seeded UCLA women's tennis team (16-7) will host a four-team NCAA Regional this weekend at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. Play begins this Saturday with San Diego State (14-11) taking on Florida State (15-7) at 9:00 a.m. That match will be followed by UCLA vs. Quinnipiac (12-6) at Noon. Saturday's winners will advance to Sunday's second round at 1:00 p.m. The second round winner will advance to next week's round of 16 in Athens, Ga. Tickets for the NCAA Regionals are $7 for adults and $5 for youth/students.
Against the NCAA Field
San Diego State is the only school of the three other regional teams that UCLA has ever faced, as the Bruins own a 26-7 all-time record against the Aztecs. UCLA has never met Quinnipiac or Florida State. The Bruins are 9-6 this season against the field of 64.
Last Years Team Championships
Unseeded in last year's NCAA Tournament, the Bruins won two matches in regional play at Pepperdine before advancing to the round of 16 in Stanford, Calif. In Malibu, UCLA opened up with a 4-0 victory over SDSU before upsetting No. 13 Pepperdine by the same score in the second round. Once in Stanford, the Bruins dropped a tough 4-3 victory to No. 4 Florida.
Three Bruins Selected for NCAA Individual Tournament
Junior Riza Zalameda, freshman Yasmin Schnack and junior Tracy Lin will all be competing in the NCAA singles tournament, taking place immediately following the team championships. Zalameda, who reached the semifinals as a freshman and the quarterfinals last year, is a 9-16 seed in the tournament. Schnack and Zalameda have been selected to compete in the NCAA doubles draw. The Bruin tandem of Elizabeth Lumpkin and Stephanie Wetmore is an alternate doubles team and will get in if several teams drop out.
UCLA's NCAA Team History
UCLA's best team showing at the NCAA Championships is second, as the Bruins have finished runner-up on four occasions (1982, 1989, 1991 and 2004). UCLA actually won the national title a year before the NCAA became the governing body of women's athletics (UCLA's 1981 title is AIAW). The Bruins have advanced to the round of 16 in each of the last seven seasons.
UCLA'S NCAA Lineup
3. Lumpkin/Stephanie Wetmore
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 April 21, 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.
Schnack/Zalameda Win Ojai Crown
Freshman Yasmin Schnack and junior Riza Zalameda won four-straight matches last week to take the doubles title at the 2007 Pac-10 Championships in Ojai, Calif. Schnack and Zalameda turned in one of the most dominating performances in the history of the event, as the Bruin duo defeated Stanford's Lindsay Burdette/Anne Yelsey, 6-1, 6-0 in Sunday's final. They become UCLA's first Pac-10 doubles champions since Mariko Fritz-Krockow and Sara Walker won the title in 2001.
UCLA in the Fila/ITA Rankings
UCLA checks in at No. 12 in the latest Fila/ITA National Team Rankings released on April 30. The Bruins have been ranked as high as No. 10 this season (Apr. 3). Individually, UCLA has four players ranked in singles led by Riza Zalameda at No. 15. She is followed by No. 40 Tracy Lin, No. 56 Yasmin Schnack and No. 107 Ashley Joelson. All three of the Bruins' doubles teams are ranked. Schnack and Zalameda lead the group at No. 19. Elizabeth Lumpkin and Stephanie Wetmore are No. 41, followed by Joelson and Alex McGoodwin at No. 53.
At the LATC
UCLA takes a 9-2 record in home matches at the Los Angeles Tennis Center into this Saturday's showdown with Quinnipiac. 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.
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.