April 1, 1999
This Week - UCLA Plays at Stanford & Cal
After taking a break from competition for exams and spring break, UCLA returns to action with a Pac-10 Conference trip to the Bay Area this weekend. The Bruins will face some of the toughest teams in the nation when they play at No. 5 Stanford at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 2 and at No. 4 Cal at Noon on Saturday, April 3.
Latest Ranking - Bruins Climb To No. 6
In the latest edition of the ITA National Team ranking, UCLA climbed four notches to the No. 6 slot. The Bruins top-player, Cristina Popescu, dropped to No. 11 in the singles rankings after being out of the lineup with an injury since March 3. Annica Cooper has stepped up to play on court No. 1 and climbed to No. 30 in the singles rankings. Rounding out the Bruins among the top-100 in singles is Amanda Basica, who is now tied for No. 87. The UCLA doubles team of Cooper and Basica climbed three notches to claim the No. 6 position.
About This Week's Opponents - Stanford & Cal
Stanford is currently listed No. 5 in the national rankings and brings a 15-2 overall record into the match. Five Cardinal players are listed in the latest national rankings. Leading the way are Marissa Irvin, who holds the No. 2 position, and Teryn Ashley, who climbed to No. 4. Keiko Tokuda slipped to No. 58, while Jennifer Heiser moved up to No. 64 and Gabriela Lastra fell to No. 79. In addition, the Cardinal boasts the No. 2 ranked doubles team of Irvin and Ashley, while the freshman tandem of Lauren Kalvaria and Lastra are listed No. 30. Last season UCLA split a pair of 5-4 decisions with Stanford, each winning at home. The Bruins trail the all-time series 13-48.
Cal continues to hold the No. 4 slot in the national rankings and enters the week with an 11-2 overall record. The Golden Bears host USC on Friday, before meeting UCLA. The Bears have five ranked singles players and three doubles teams among the top-50. Anita Kurimay leads the list with a No. 15 rankings. Amanda Augustus moved to the No. 32 slot, followed by Amy Jensen at No. 41, Francesca La at No. 49 and Karoline Borgersen at No. 56. The doubles teams of Augustus/Jensen slipped to No. 4, while the team of Curran/Kurimay holds at No. 23 and Borgersen/Lee is No. 45. UCLA leads the all-time series with Cal 22-16, despite dropping both matches last season.
Last Outing - Bruins Narrowly Defeat Miami & Pepperdine
The outcome came down to the final doubles match as the No. 10 ranked UCLA women's tennis team defeated the 27th-ranked University of Miami, 5-4, at the Los Angeles Tennis Center Friday, March 18. The Bruins repeated that dramatic win with a 5-4 victory over No. 12 Pepperdine on Saturday, March 19. The Pepperdine match was also tied after singles play, but UCLA claimed the first two doubles matches to finish claiming victories on court Nos. 1 and 3.
UCLA Notables - Cooper Notches 20th Win In Singles & Doubles
UCLA junior Annica Cooper notched her 20th win of the season on Friday, March 18, when she won a two-tiebreak straight-set match over Miami's Liodmila Skavronskaia. The victory also avenged Cooper's first round loss to Skavronskaia at NCAAs last season. Cooper is now 21-8 overall and 13-3 in dual match action.
Also in the Miami match, the Bruins' top-doubles team of Cooper and Basica reached the 20-win mark by defeating the team of Skavronskaia and Jimenez 8-2. Cooper and Basica are currently ranked No. 6 in the nation and stand 21-6 overall and 10-4 in duals.
Next Up - Bruins Make Final Dual-Match Road Trip
UCLA continues its road swing playing three matches in the Pacific Northwest over four days. The Bruins play at the University of Oregon on Thursday, April 8 and face Washington on those same courts the following day. The final dual-match roadtrip winds down with UCLA playing at Washington State in Pullman on Sunday, April 11.
Special Note - 25th Anniversary of Women's Athletics
The UCLA Athletic Department will celebrate the Silver Anniversary of UCLA Women's Intercollegiate Athletics on May 1, 1999. A Celebration of Champions' dinner will honor the accomplishments of the UCLA Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Program and its athletes over the past 25 years.
UCLA WTN Quick Facts
Current Team Rank: No. 6 - Spring #2 (3/22)
Team's Dual Match Record: 14-3
Pac-10 Record: 2-1
Head Coach: Stella Sampras (3rd season)
Current Career Dual-match Record: 47-20
Last Year's Record: 17-11 overall, 5-3 Pac-10
Final '98 Team Ranking: Nation - 14
Bruins' Lineup w/Records
Pos. Name Dual Overall 1S Cristina Popescu 8-2 15-5 2S Annica Cooper 13-3 21-8 3S Amanda Basica 11-5 19-9 4S Brandi Freudenberg 9-8 14-13 5S Katia Roubanonva 10-4 13-7 6S Elizabeth Schmidt 3-2 7-5 7S Petya Marinova 12-5 14-7 8S Rochelle Raiss 3-4 3-6 1D Basica / Cooper 10-4 21-6 2D Roubanova/ Schmidt 2-2 3-3 3D Freudenberg / Marinova 5-0 6-1 4D Marinova / Popescu 8-1 8-1Bruins In The 98-99 ITA National Rankings
Team Fall S1 S2 Doubles PS Fall W S1 S2 UCLA 8 10 6 Basica/Cooper NA t21 8 9 61999 UCLA Women's Tennis Schedule/Results
Singles PS Fall W S1 S2 Singles PS Fall W S1 S2 Basica 42 30 38 t62 t87 Cooper 8 NA 31 34 30 Popescu 21 11 13 9 11 Schmidt 53 - - - -
Date Opponent Site/Time/Results Score Jan. 8-10 Pac-10 Indoors Seattle, WA Jan. 15-17 National Collegiate. Sherwood CC Jan. 20 LOYOLA MARYMOUNT W 9-0 Jan. 27 SAN DIEGO (33) W 8-1 Jan. 29 ARIZONA* (24) W 7-2 Jan. 30 ARIZONA STATE* (12) W 7-2 Feb. 2 at Pepperdine (15) W 5-1 Feb. 4-7 Rolex Nationals Dallas, TX Feb. 13 at USC* (13) L 3-6 Feb. 18 vs. Georgia# (3) L 2-6 Feb. 19 vs. Notre Dame# (16) W 5-4 Feb. 20 vs. Wisconsin# (29) W 6-2 Feb. 27 UNLV W 9-0 Mar. 3 USC* W 6-2 Mar. 6 TEXAS L 3-6 Mar. 9 WILLIAM & MARY W 5-1 Mar. 12 at Arizona State* W 6-3 Mar. 13 at Arizona* W 6-0 Mar. 18 MIAMI W 5-4 Mar. 19 PEPPERDINE W 5-4 Apr. 2 at Stanford* Stanford, CA 1:30 Apr. 3 at California* Berkeley, CA Noon Apr. 8 at Oregon* Eugene, OR Noon Apr. 9 vs. Washington* Eugene, OR 1:30 Apr. 11 at Washington State* Pullman, WA Noon Apr. 16 CALIFORNIA* LATC 1:30 Apr. 17 STANFORD* LATC Noon April 22-25 Pac-10 Conf. Champ Ojai, CA All Day May 14-16 NCAA Regional TBA All Day May 20-28 NCAA Championships Gainesville, FL All Day
All home matches in BOLD ALL CAPS; LATC Los Angeles Tennis Center; * Pac-10, # National Indoors All times local to match site and subject to change