Jan. 30, 2007
Bruins Head to Wisconsin for USTA/ITA National Team Indoors
The 14th-ranked UCLA women's tennis team (2-0) is one of 16 teams in the country competing in this week's USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships hosted by the University of Wisconsin. The Bruins will meet sixth-seeded Northwestern (2-0) in the opening round on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. (PST). The winner of that match will meet either third-seeded Miami or Wisconsin in the second round on Friday. Live stats for all matches can be accessed at HERE.
The UCLA vs. Northwestern Series
The all-time series between UCLA and Northwestern is tied at 2-2. The last meeting between the two teams was also in the first round of the Team Indoors back in 2001, a 7-0 Northwestern victory. The Bruins won the first two meetings of the series and the Wildcats have won the last two.
UCLA's History at the Team Indoors
With 24 wins, UCLA ranks fifth in all-time victories at the Team Indoors, following Stanford (62), Florida (41), Georgia (40) and Duke (32). The Bruins have never won the event, however have finished second twice (1990 - lost to Stanford, 5-2 / 1995 - lost to Georgia, 5-4).
Lin Captures First Victory at No. 1
With Riza Zalameda and Yasmin Schnack both sitting out, Tracy Lin played her first-ever match at the No. 1 singles position during UCLA's 7-0 victory over Hawai'i back on Jan. 19. The junior from Anaheim didn't disappoint, as she posted a 6-1, 6-1 decision over Kana Aikawa. Lin, who will likely see most of her time at the No. 3 spot this season, owns a 7-4 overall singles record this year. The Bruins won the five other singles matches in straight sets.
Bruins Down Cal Poly, 6-1
UCLA moved to 2-0 on the year with a 6-1 victory over Cal Poly on Jan. 23. Bruin No. 1 Riza Zalameda was impressive in her 2007 debut, recording a 6-2, 6-0 win against Carol Erickson. Other singles winners were Ashley Joelson (court #3), Alex McGoodwin (court #4), Elizabeth Lumpkin (court #5) and Stephanie Wetmore (court #6). Freshman Yasmin Schnack, who has been nursing an injury, was upset at court No. 2.
Bruins Check in at No. 14 Nationally
UCLA is ranked No. 14 in the country in the new Fila/ITA Team Rankings released on Tuesday. The Bruins began the season at No. 15 in the initial rankings released on Jan. 9. Defending NCAA Champion Stanford is ranked No. 1, followed by No. 2 Florida, No. 3 USC, No. 4 Notre Dame and No. 5 Miami.
Schnack Leads Individual Rankings
Freshman Yasmin Schnack is the highest-ranked Bruin to kickoff the new year, as she debuted at No. 28 in the first individual rankings of 2007 released on Jan. 9. She is followed by No. 25 Riza Zalameda, No. 40 Ashley Joelson and No. 61 Tracy Lin. In doubles, Schnack and Zalameda are ranked No. 17.
Five Newcomers Arrive in Westwood
Led by Yasmin Schnack (Sacramento, Calif.) and Stephanie Wetmore (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada), UCLA welcomes a total of five new players to its roster in 2007. The other freshmen are Becky Duesler (Santa Ana, Calif.), Sarah Yang (Anaheim, Calif.) and Alexandra Fleming (Newport Beach, Calif.).
Schnack/Zalameda Take NCTC Title
Freshman Yasmin Schnack and Junior Riza Zalameda recently captured the doubles title at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in Indian Wells, Calif. The Bruin duo defeated USC's Lindsey Nelson and Julie Smekodub, 8-3. In addition, Schnack came very close to winning both events at the NCTC, as she dropped a very tight 2-6, 6-1, 7-5 decision to Nelson in the singles final. That match can be seen replayed on The Tennis Channel.
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.
Following the Action Via the Internet
Fans unable to attend any Bruin home match in 2007 can follow the live scoring over the internet at UCLA's website by clicking HERE.
Head Coach Stella Sampras:Webster
Head coach Stella Sampras Webster owns an overall record of 167-90 (.650) 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.