March 6, 2007
No. 19 UCLA to Host No. 11 USC
The 19th-ranked UCLA women's tennis team (8-4; 2-0 Pac-10) hosts one of its biggest matches of the season this Thursday, as 11th-ranked USC (8-2; 2-0 Pac-10) visits the Los Angeles Tennis Center for a 1:30 p.m. match. The Women of Troy lead the all-time series 42-32, having defeated the Bruins in the last three meetings. UCLA's last win in the series came back on Apr. 16, 2005 at the LATC. There is no charge for admission to all regular-season matches at the LATC. For those fans unable to attend, live stats for Thursday's match can be accessed by clicking here
Lexus Gauntlet Points on the Line
UCLA currently leads the race for the Lexus Gauntlet Trophy by a score of 47.5 - 17.5. A total of 2.5 points will go to the winner of Thursday's match. Another 2.5 points will be available to the winner of the next match at USC on April 20. A school needs a total of 57.5 points to clinch the season-long competition.
Bruins Go 2-0 in Washington
UCLA opened up Pac-10 action last week, posting victories over Washington on Friday and Washington State on Saturday to start conference play with a 2-0 record. After sweeping the doubles point in both matches, UCLA went on to win every singles match in straight sets.
Bruins Check in at No. 19
UCLA checks in at No. 19 nationally in the first computer rankings of the season released on Tuesday. Up until this point, the rankings were determined by a poll of voters. New team rankings will be released again next Tuesday.
Three Bruins Ranked in Singles
Junior Riza Zalameda is the highest-ranked UCLA singles player, as she checks in at No. 24 in the country this week. She is followed by No. 36 Yasmin Schnack and No. 44 Tracy Lin. Schnack and Zalameda are ranked No. 33 in doubles, followed by No. 46 Elizabeth Lumpkin and Stephanie Wetmore. Lin and Lumpkin are ranked No. 59. New team rankings will be released again on March 20.
McGoodwin on a Roll
Alex McGoodwin has been playing some of the best tennis of her career as of late, as she enters the week with a four-match winning streak, having won 10 of her last 12 matches. The senior from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. owns a 14-7 overall record, including a 10-2 mark in dual-match play. She is 5-0 at the No. 3 position where she has played in UCLA's last three matches.
Schnack Steady at No. 1
With Riza Zalameda and Tracy Lin both sitting out over the weekend, freshman Yasmin Schnack more than handled her own last week at the No. 1 singles position. Schnack began her weekend with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Washington's Mathilde Cor. She followed that up the next day by defeating Washington State's Ekaterina Burduli by the same score. It's not the first time she has stepped up to play No. 1, as she also posted a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Wisconsin's Kaylan Caiati at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors.
Closing in on NCAA Title #100
With 99 NCAA team titles, the UCLA Athletic Program is on the verge of making history as the first school to reach No. 100. After a couple of close misses by the women's soccer and volleyball teams in the fall, UCLA is still looking to reach the century mark.
Head Coach Stella Sampras Webster
Head coach Stella Sampras Webster owns an overall record of 173-94 (.648) in her 11th season at the helm of the UCLA program. She is coming off her seventh-consecutive top 10 finish at the NCAA Championships, as the Bruins reached the round of 16 at the 2006 championships. Sampras Webster was also an outstanding player at UCLA from 1988-91, as she is one of only four players in UCLA women's tennis history to earn All-America honors every year of her career.