March 23, 2011
The No. 8 UCLA women's tennis team (11-4; 1-0 Pac-10) hosts two if its biggest matches of the season this week, as No. 2 Stanford (14-0; 2-0 Pac-10) and No. 10 Cal (11-4; 2-0 Pac-10) visit the Los Angeles Tennis Center this Friday and Saturday. The Bruins are looking to avenge a pair of losses to the two teams suffered earlier this season in the Bay Area. Action kicks off on Friday with the Bruins and Cardinal squaring off at 1:30 p.m. Stanford, which recently captured the title at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors, handed UCLA a 5-2 loss up north on Feb. 5. The Bruins, however, defeated the Cardinal, 6-1 the last time the two teams met in Los Angeles. UCLA rounds out the weekend by hosting Cal on Saturday at Noon. The Golden Bears edged the Bruins, 4-3 in Berkeley on Feb. 4.
Fans in attendance at both of this weekend's matches will get the chance to win prizes by taking part in the Bruin Trivia Contest and the Bruin Raffle. In addition, free pizza will be given out to the first 50 fans in attendance on a first-come, first-served basis.
Saturday is Senior Day
Saturday's showdown against Cal will mark the final regular-season home match for Bruin seniors Andrea Remynse, Noelle Hickey and Maya Johansson. Remynse is the lone four-year Bruin letterwinner of the group, as she helped the team to a national championship as a freshman in 2008. She is a two-time All-American and takes an overall singles record of 100-41 into this Friday's match with Stanford. Both Johansson and Hickey are transfers from Georgia Tech. Johansson is a three-year Bruin letterwinner and currently owns a 10-match winning streak in singles. Hickey, who is currently ranked No. 40 in the nation in singles, earned All-America honors for the first time in her career in 2010. All three players have been integral to the team's success the last several years. There will be a special senior recognition prior to the start of Saturday's match.
UCLA in the Rankings
UCLA remained at No. 8 in the latest ITA Team Rankings released on Tuesday. The Bruins have been ranked as high as No. 4 and as low as No. 17 this season. Despite losing to Stanford in the final of the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors, Florida remains the top-ranked team in America this week. UCLA currently has five players ranked in singles led by Noelle Hickey at No. 40. She is followed by No. 53 McCall Jones, No. 59 Andrea Remynse, No. 92 Pamela Montez and No. 102 Courtney Dolehide. The Bruins also have two doubles teams ranked in the top 20 nationally, as Hickey and Jones are ranked No. 16, followed by Dolehide and Remynse at No. 17. Jones is also ranked with two other partners in doubles, checking in at No. 41 with Montez and at No. 70 with Maya Johansson. Complete ITA Rankings can be found HERE.
Bruins Enjoy Success in Hawai'i
Although the Bruins spent part of their spring break in Hawai'i, it wasn't all fun and games. UCLA was actually there to take part in the Mauna Lani Tennis Classic, a two-day event featuring players from both UCLA and the University of Hawai'i. The Bruins performed well at the event, winning 14 of 16 singles matches and sweeping all eight doubles contests.
Final Six on the Road
Following this weekend's action, UCLA will play its final six regular-season contests on the road, beginning with Washington State on April 1. The Bruins will then face Oregon (April 2), Arizona (April 8), ASU (April 9), Pepperdine (April 13) and USC (April 15) before heading off to the Pac-10 Championships, April 28-May 1, in Ojai, Calif.