May 7, 2009
No. 11 Seed Women's Tennis Team Begins NCAA Title Defense This Weekend
The defending champion UCLA women's tennis team (17-6) begins defense of its 2008 NCAA title this weekend, as the Bruins host NCAA Regional play at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on Saturday and Sunday. First-round matches on Saturday feature Arizona State (11-8) against UNLV (20-7) at 9:00 a.m., followed by UCLA versus Boston (15-5) at Noon. Saturday's winners will meet in the second round on Sunday at Noon, with the winner of that match earning a spot in next week's round of 16 in College Station, Texas. Tickets for this weekend's action are available for $8 (adults) and $6 (students/youth). They can be purchased at the entrance of the LATC the day of the event.
Live stats for all three NCAA Regional matches are available at UCLA's website: www.uclabruins.com. The stats can be accessed by clicking HERE.
UCLA Against the Regional Field
UCLA and Boston University last met during the 2000 NCAA First Round at UCLA, a match the Bruins won 6-0. That was the only prior meeting between the two teams. The Bruins own a perfect 11-0 record against UNLV, winning 6-1 in the last meeting back in 2004. The Bruins lead the all-time series with Arizona State, 48-16. UCLA posted a pair of 4-3 victories over the Sun Devils earlier this season.
Schnack, Remynse to Compete in NCAA Individual Draws
Junior Yasmin Schnack and sophomore Andrea Remynse have both been selected to participate in the 64-player NCAA singles draw in College Station, Texas. Schnack, who is ranked No. 15 in the latest Campbell's/ITA Singles Rankings, is a 9-16 seed in the event. Remynse is unseeded. The two players are also doubles partners and have earned a No. 3 seed in the 32-team doubles draw. Schnack and Remynse are vying to become the school's first NCAA singles champions since Keri Phebus accomplished the feat back in 1995. UCLA's last NCAA doubles title came just a year ago, as Tracy Lin and Riza Zalameda became the sixth team in school history to win the title.
Schnack Named First-Team All-Pac-10
Yasmin Schnack recently earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors for the first time in her career, as the league announced its all-conference picks on Monday. She leads the team in singles victories this season, taking a 26-8 overall record into this week's NCAA Regionals. Andrea Remynse was also recognized by the conference this week, taking home second-team All-Pac-10 honors.
UCLA in the Campbell's/ITA Rankings
UCLA checked in at No. 11 in the final Campbell's/ITA Rankings of the regular season released last Tuesday. New rankings will not be released again until the end of the NCAA Championships. Individually, Yasmin Schnack is UCLA's highest ranked player at No. 15. She is followed by No. 57 Andrea Remynse and No. 114 Maya Johansson. In doubles, Remynse and Schnack are ranked No. 3 in the country. Carling Seguso and Stephanie Wetmore are ranked No. 66.
Bruins Win ITA National Team Sportsmanship Award for April
The Hope College men's and UCLA women's tennis teams have been honored as April's recipients of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Team Sportsmanship Award, the ITA announced on May 4. UCLA traveled to Waco, Texas to take on Baylor back on March 14. Upon arrival to the match, the courts had gotten wet due to an overnight shower. Stella and her squad helped dry the courts in the morning and were willing to help in anyway possible. The match was very intense but their players were fair and represented their university in a first class manner. It is because of this that UCLA was honored the award for the month of April.
Bruins on Verge of 20 Wins Again
At 17-4 overall, UCLA is on the verge of registering the program's third straight 20-win season, and fourth in head coach Stella Sampras Webster's 13 years as head coach. In order to accomplish this feat, the Bruins would need to win both regional matches and then win one match in College Station (essentially reach the NCAA Quarterfinals).
Schnack Leads Team in Ranked Wins
Junior Yasmin Schnack leads the team this year in wins over ranked opponents with 14. Her highest ranked win on the season came over No. 3 Kelcy McKenna of Arizona State in a dual match on April 10. Andrea Remynse (6) and Maya Johansson (5) are the next two players with the most ranked wins. Remynse is the only other Bruins with a top 10 win, as she defeated fifth-ranked Amanda Fink of USC in the quarterfinals of the ITA West Region Championships back in October.
Johansson/Lind Take Ojai Crown
Although they are not listed as a doubles team in the Bruins NCAA lineup, Maya Johansson and Anna-Viktoria Lind turned in quite a showing two weeks ago in Ojai. The duo won captured the Invitational doubles title at the Pac-10 Championships with an 8-2 victory over Stanford's Isamarie Perez/Jennifer Yen in the final. It marked the first time that Johansson and Lind had ever played together.
Seguso Peaking for NCAAs
Freshman Carling Seguso has won nine of her last 10 matches and appears to be peaking at the right time for the 11th-ranked Bruins. Seguso, who owns a 24-11 overall record, recently captured the Invitational singles title at the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai, Calif. She didn't drop a set in five matches, culminating with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Cal's Marion Ravelojaona in the final.
Doubles is Key
UCLA is 14-1 when winning the doubles point this season, meaning that the Bruins have lost the doubles point in five of their six losses. The only match where UCLA was able to recover from losing the doubles point was against Arizona State on April 10, as the Bruins battled back to pull out a 4-3 win on the road.