March 5, 2008
Ninth-Ranked Bruins Open up Pac-10 Play This Week
The ninth-ranked UCLA women's tennis team (9-4) will play its first two Pac-10 counting matches of the season this week, as the Bruins host Washington State (10-3) on Friday at 1:30 p.m. followed by Washington (9-3) on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Both matches will be at UCLA's Los Angeles Tennis Center. The Bruins defeated both schools by the same 7-0 score last season up in Washington. Live stats for this week's matches can be accessed by clicking HERE
Bruins Coming Off Challenging Week
UCLA played what will likely be its toughest three-match stretch of the season last week, as the Bruins took on No. 4 Baylor, No. 6 Stanford and No. 8 Cal all in the span of five days. The Bruins lost to Baylor 5-2 on Tuesday, but managed to regroup for a 4-3 victory over Stanford three days later. Friday's showdown between the Bruins and Cardinal was a rematch of last year's NCAA Semifinals, a match UCLA won 4-2. UCLA's match with Cal on Saturday went down to the wire, as the Golden Bears' Cristina Visico just edged Bruin freshman Andrea Remynse 1-6, 6-2, 7-6(2) in the deciding match at the No. 3 position.
Bruins Check in at No. 9 Nationally
The Bruins checked in at No. 9 in the first computer rankings of the season issued on Tuesday. UCLA, which has been ranked as high as No. 2 this season, held the No. 11 spot the previous week. Individually, five Bruin players are currently ranked in singles, headlined by senior Riza Zalameda at No. 7. She is followed by No. 36 Andrea Remynse, No. 46 Yasmin Schnack, No. 56 Elizabeth Lumpkin and No. 58 Tracy Lin. In doubles, Zalameda is ranked with both Tracy Lin (15th) and Yasmin Schnack (18th). Lin is also ranked with Remynse at No. 43. Lumpkin and Stephanie Wetmore are ranked No. 51 this week. Complete ITA Rankings can be accessed by clicking HERE
ITA Rankings (March 4)
2. Georgia Tech
12. Florida State
t13. Arizona State
t13. North Carolina
18. Fresno State
19. Notre Dame
25. Texas A&M
Schnack Returns, Zalameda Downs Former NCAA Singles Champ
Two bright spots that came out of UCLA's heartbreaking loss to Cal last week were the return of sophomore Yasmin Schnack and the play of senior Riza Zalameda. Schnack, who has been injured and had not played since the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors back on Feb. 7, was inserted into the doubles lineup against the Golden Bears. She teamed with Ashley Joelson at the No. 3 position, downing Bojana Bobusic/Rachael Dillon, 8-2. Zalameda, on the other hand, looked impressive in her match at No. 1 singles, upsetting No. 7 Susie Babos, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. Babos captured the NCAA Singles title back in 2005.
Doubles Looking Strong
Although the Bruins went just 1-2 against three top 10 teams last week, UCLA managed to win the doubles point in all three matches. In fact, UCLA won eight of the nine pro sets in the three contests. Tracy Lin and Riza Zalameda picked up a huge win against Baylor, upsetting fourth-ranked Lenka Broosova/Zuzana Zemenova, 8-3 at the No. 1 position. In addition, Elizabeth Lumpkin and Stephanie Wetmore were a perfect 3-0 at the No. 2 spot. The Bruins have won the doubles point in nine of 13 matches this season.
Lumpkin Continues Hot Streak, Named Pac-10 Player of the Week
Senior Elizabeth Lumpkin was recently named Pac-10 Player of the Week after going a combined 6-0 in her three singles and doubles matches last week. Lumpkin, from Naperville, Ill., began the week with a 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 victory over No. 37 Jana Bielikova of Baylor. She followed that up with a pair of straight-set wins against Stanford (def. No. 45 Whitney Deason 6-4, 6-1) and Cal (def. No. 87 Bojana Bobusic 6-2, 6-3). Lumpkin, who is ranked No. 56 in singles and No. 51 in doubles (w/Stephanie Wetmore) this week, owns a perfect 13-0 singles record in dual matches this season. She is also one of only two players on the team to win 20 matches (25-7 overall).
Zalameda Gearing Up for Pacific Life Open Appearance
As a result of her title at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in January, Riza Zalameda earned a qualifying spot in next week's Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, Calif. The qualifying takes place March 10 and 11 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Zalameda would need to win two matches to qualify for the main draw. It actually marks the second time that Zalameda has played in the qualifying at Indian Wells, as she lost to Stephanie Foretz of France 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 back in 2004. The Pacific Life Open is a "Tier 1" event on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.
Head Coach Stella Sampras Webster
UCLA head coach Stella Sampras Webster is in her 12th season at the helm of the Bruin women's tennis program. Sampras Webster, who has guided the Bruins to a pair of appearances in the NCAA Final (2004 and 2007), owns a 195-102 overall coaching record. She has also led UCLA to six top-five finishes at the NCAA Championships.