March 8, 2011
This Week in UCLA Tennis
The No. 10 UCLA women's tennis team (9-4; 1-0 Pac-10) has two home matches on tap this week, as the Bruins host Fresno State (3-5) on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and No. 9 Baylor (8-1) on Thursday at Noon. It marks the final two matches that the team will play prior to final exams and spring break. Live stats for both of this week's matches can be accessed by clicking HERE.
Hickey Named Pac-10 Player of the Week
UCLA senior Noelle Hickey has been named the Pac-10 Women's Tennis Player of the Week for Feb. 28-Mar. 6, Commissioner Larry Scott announced on Tuesday. Unranked in both singles and doubles, Hickey posted upsets in all four of her wins on the week, leading the Bruins to victories over No. 15 USC (5-2) and No. 20 Washington (6-1). Against USC on Wednesday, the Hackensack, N.J., native and her teammate McCall Jones started the match by downing 10th-ranked Valeria Pulido and Alison Ramos, 8-0 at court No. 2. Hickey scored another big upset in singles, beating 18th-ranked Danielle Lao, 6-3, 6-3 at court No. 2. She continued her outstanding play on Saturday, teaming with Jones again, this time at the No. 1 position, to down sixth-ranked Venise Chan and Denise Dy, 8-4. She then knocked off Chan, who is ranked No. 27 nationally in singles, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 at the No. 2 position.
Bruins Move up to No. 10
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released new team rankings on Tuesday and UCLA moved up from No. 17 to No. 10. The Bruins' forward progress is the results of two top 20 wins last week, as UCLA notched wins over No. 15 USC (5-2) and No. 20 Washington (6-1). New individual rankings will be released next Tuesday. Complete women's rankings can be found HERE.
UCLA and Baylor Go at It Again
Thursday actually marks the second meeting between UCLA and Baylor this year, as the Bears notched a 4-2 victory over the Bruins in a consolation match at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors on Feb. 20. UCLA won the doubles point in that match but only managed to get one victory in singles, as Maya Johansson scored a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Abby Stainback at court No. 6.
The No. 8 UCLA men's tennis team has just one match this week, as the Bruins host Hawai'i (2-6) at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on Friday at 1:30 p.m. It will mark the final match that the team will play prior to final exams and spring break. Live stats for the match can be accessed by clicking HERE.
Kosakowski Falls in BNP Paribas Qualifying
UCLA freshman Daniel Kosakowski was beaten in the first round of qualifying for the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Kosakowski, who earned a wild card into the qualifying after winning six pre-qualifying matches, fell to Tim Smyczek of the USA, 6-3, 6-2. Smyczek is currently listed at No. 163 in the ATP Tour World Rankings. More information about the BNP Paribas Open can be found HERE.
UCLA Checks in at No. 8
After falling to USC last week, UCLA dropped two places from No. 6 to No. 8 in the ITA Team Rankings released on Tuesday. In the individual rankings (released on March 1), the Bruins have three players ranked in singles led by No. 43 Daniel Kosakowski. He is followed by No. 99 Clay Thompson and No. 108 Maxime Tabatruong. Amit Inbar and Alex Brigham are ranked No. 25 in doubles. Complete men's rankings can be found HERE. New team and individual rankings will be released next Tuesday.