Feb. 5, 2008
No. 2 Bruins Head to Wisconsin
The second-ranked UCLA women's tennis team (3-0) will put its perfect record on the line this week, as the Bruins travel to Madison, Wisc. for the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships hosted by the University of Wisconsin. UCLA is the No. 2 seed and will open up play against 14th-ranked North Carolina (4-1) on Thursday at 9:00 a.m. (CST). If the Bruins win that match, they will face the winner of seventh-seeded USC and Arkansas in the quarterfinals on Friday at 3:30 p.m. (CST).
UCLA's History at the Indoors
UCLA's two best finishes at the Indoors came during the 90's, as the Bruins finished second on two occasions (1990 and 1995). UCLA fell to Stanford, 5-2 in the 1990 final, while Georgia beach UCLA, 5-1 in the 1995 championship match. Although the Bruins have never won the title, UCLA ranks fifth in all-time Indoor wins with 24.
Last Year in Madison
Although they would eventually get revenge in the NCAA Round of 16, UCLA lost to sixth-seeded Northwestern, 5-2 in the opening round of last year's Team Indoors. The Bruins regrouped to defeat host Wisconsin, 6-1 in a consolation match the following day, however UCLA dropped a tough 4-3 decision to Clemson to round out the tournament 1-2 overall.
Bruins Perfect to Start the Season
With wins over Cal Poly, UC Irvine and No. 19 Pepperdine, the Bruins posted a perfect 3-0 record to start the season. After taking a pair of home wins over Cal Poly (7-0) and UCI (5-2), the Bruins hit the road to face the top 20 Waves last Friday. UCLA dropped the doubles point but managed to win five of six matches in singles play to earn a victory over its local rival.
Zalameda Going for Four
Riza Zalameda is hoping to become just the sixth player in UCLA history to earn All-America honors every year of her career. The senior from Los Angeles has been named a singles and doubles All-American in each of her previous three seasons (2005-07). If she can enjoy yet another All-America campaign, she will join Kathy O'Brien (1979-82), Stella Sampras (1988-91), Mamie Ceniza (1989-92), Keri Phebus (1993-96) and Sara Walker (2000-03) as one of UCLA's four-time All-Americans.
UCLA in the ITA Rankings
UCLA checks in at No. 2 in the latest ITA Rankings released on Feb. 5. Individually, senior Riza Zalameda leads the way at No. 25 in singles. She is followed by No. 27 Andrea Remynse, No. 28 Yasmin Schnack and No. 41 Tracy Lin. Schnack and Zalameda are also ranked No. 16 in doubles. Individual rankings are not due out again until Feb. 20.
ITA Team Rankings (Feb. 5)
1. Stanford (8)
2. UCLA (2)
4. Georgia Tech
12. Fresno State
13. William & Mary
14. North Carolina
18. Arizona State
t19. Notre Dame
t19. Wake Forest
22. Florida State
First-place votes in parenthesis
Baylor Match Moved to Feb. 26
UCLA and Baylor were supposed to square off on Jan. 25, however that match was postponed due to rain. Instead, the Bruins and Bears will now meet at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on Feb. 26 at 1:30 p.m.
Experience is Key
With four very talented seniors UCLA features one of the most experienced teams in the country. The Bruins' four seniors - Riza Zalameda, Tracy Lin, Alex McGoodwin and Elizabeth Lumpkin - have all played in three straight NCAA Tournaments, highlighted by a trip to the NCAA Final in 2007. Junior Ashley Joelson, who clinched the Bruins' 4-2 victory over Stanford in last year's NCAA Semifinals, is also a seasoned veteran. UCLA was able to keep its lineup in tact when McGoodwin, who was listed as a senior last year, was granted a medical redshirt after sitting out most of her freshman season back in 2004.
Young Guns Making an Impact
Sophomore Yasmin Schnack and freshman Andrea Remynse figure to play key roles in UCLA's run to a possible national title this year. Schnack, from Sacramento, Calif., played at No. 1 doubles and No. 3 singles during last year's NCAA Tournament. She was named to the all-tournament team at the NCAAs after going 5-0 in singles play. Remynse, from Battle Creek, Mich., was one of the top recruits in the nation last year. She is already the Bruins' second highest ranked singles player at No. 27. She enjoyed an outstanding fall, going 11-3 overall.
Fans unable to attend any match at the Los Angeles Tennis Center can follow the action live at UCLA's official website: www.uclabruins.com. The live stats can be accessed either by going to the women's tennis schedule or by clicking on the "Live Stats" link located on the main women's tennis page. Or by clicking HERE
Sampras Webster Begins 12th Season
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 189-98 overall coaching record. She has also led UCLA to six top 5 finishes at the NCAA Championships.