April 1, 2009
Bruins Close Out Regular Season on the Road
The No. 12 UCLA women's tennis team (13-5; 1-2 Pac-10) heads up to the Pacific Northwest this week for a pair of conference matches against Washington and Washington State. The Bruins will begin their trip in Seattle, facing Washington (12-5; 1-3 Pac-10) on Friday at Noon. UCLA will then head to Pullman, Wash. to take on Washington State (7-13; 1-4 Pac-10) on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
Bruins Drop 6-1 Decisions to No. 11 Stanford, No. 8 Cal
UCLA fell to 1-2 in the Pac-10 last week after dropping a pair of 6-1 decisions to No. 11 Stanford on Friday and No. 8 Cal on Saturday. Making things difficult for the Bruins was the fact that their top player, Yasmin Schnack, was not at full strength due to illness. Schnack didn't play singles against Stanford and was clearly still feeling the effects of her sickness in a 6-1, 6-1 loss to No. 17 Jana Juricova of Cal the following day. UCLA, which dropped the doubles point both days, earned its two points on the weekend with singles wins from Stephanie Wetmore (Stanford) and Ashley Joelson (Cal).
Joelson, Lind Honored
Seniors Ashley Joelson and Anna-Viktoria Lind were honored prior to last Saturday's regular-season home final against Cal. The two players have played pivotal roles in UCLA's NCAA Tournament success the last several years, as both helped the Bruins to a national runner-up finish in 2007 and the NCAA Championship in 2008. Lind, an honorable mention All-Pac-10 Academic selection in 2007, clinched a 4-3 victory over No. 8 Cal that season, winning the deciding singles match at the No. 5 position. Prior to arriving at UCLA, she was ranked as high as No. 2 in the Swedish Girls' 18s Singles Rankings. Joelson has also won some very big matches in her four-year career, twice defeating USC in the deciding singles match to give UCLA the victory. She also picked up a huge win in the 2007 NCAA Tournament, clinching a 4-2 victory over top-ranked Stanford in the semifinals in Athens, Georgia. As a freshman, she captured the Pac-10 Invitational singles title at the Ojai Valley Championships. She was the No. 1-ranked junior player in the country when signing her letter of intent in the fall of 2004.
Alumni Reunion a Smashing Success
A number of former Bruin players and coaches turned out last weekend for the program's Bruin Alumni Reunion, May 27-29. Festivities during the weekend included a family tennis clinic on Saturday morning followed by a banquet that evening where UCLA honored its 1981 AIAW winning team with national championship rings. Singles and doubles national champions also received rings. The weekend concluded on Sunday morning with an alumni round-robin doubles tournament. Allyson Cooper and Stella Sampras Webster captured the tournament with a 6-2 victory in the finals over Brandi Freudenberg and Kelly Rudolph.
UCLA Down to No. 12
Following its two losses over the weekend, UCLA fell from No. 9 to No. 12 in this week's Campbell's/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings issued on Tuesday. Singles and doubles rankings were also released. UCLA has three players ranked in singles led by No. 16 Yasmin Schnack. She is followed by No. 45 Andrea Remynse and No. 90 Maya Johansson. In doubles, Schnack and Remynse are ranked No. 2, while Carling Seguso and Stephanie Wetmore are ranked No. 30. New team rankings will be released next Tuesday.
Final Five on the Road
UCLA will play its final five matches of the regular season on the road, as the Bruins are scheduled to make road trips in Washington (April 3 & 4) and Arizona (April 10 & 11) before playing their final match against local rival USC on April 17. UCLA could still play two more home matches at the Los Angeles Tennis Center if the Bruins are selected to host NCAA Regionals, May 8-10.
NCAA Tournament Selection Show Set for April 28
The selection of the 64 teams that will play in this year's NCAA Tournament will be announced on April 28 at approximately 2:20 p.m. (PST) on ESPNews. The 16 regional sites will also be announced. Teams that win their respective regionals will earn a spot in the round of 16, beginning May 15 in College Station, Texas.