April 17, 2007
No. 12 UCLA Closes Out Regular Season Against No. 19 Pepperdine, No. 8 USC
The 12th-ranked UCLA women's tennis team (14-7; 5-2 Pac-10) closes out the regular season with two important matches this week. Action gets underway this Wednesday, as the Bruins host No. 19 Pepperdine (16-8) at the Los Angeles Tennis Center beginning at 1:30 p.m. The Bruins split matches with the Waves last season, falling during the regular season before knocking Pepperdine out in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. UCLA leads the all-time series 43-13. Wednesday will also be "Senior Day" for UCLA seniors Alex McGoodwin and Amber Ray. The Bruins play their final match of the regular season on Saturday, traveling across town to face No. 8 USC (17-3; 6-1 Pac-10) at the Marks Tennis Stadium. The Women of Troy, who won the first meeting 4-3 back on Mar. 8, lead the all-time series 43-34. UCLA's last win in the series came back on Apr. 16, 2005 at the LATC.
Bruins Split 4-3 Decisions Last Week
UCLA found itself on both ends of a pair of 4-3 decisions last weekend at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The Bruins nearly knocked off top-ranked Stanford for the second time this season, eventually falling 4-3 in a match that came down to the wire. UCLA, however, was able to rebound the following day, positing its first top 10 victory of the season in a 4-3 defeat of No. 8 Cal. After sweeping the doubles play, UCLA received singles wins from Riza Zalameda, Tracy Lin and Anna-Viktoria Lind. The match came down to court No. 5, where Lind posted a 6-2, 6-4 win over No. 124 Marion Ravelojaona to seal the victory.
New Rankings Released Tuesday
UCLA moved up one spot from No. 13 to No. 12 in this week's Fila/ITA National Team Rankings. Junior Riza Zalameda, fresh of her straight-set upset of No. 4 Susi Babos, moved up from No. 22 to No. 16 in singles. She is followed by No. 37 Tracy Lin, No. 49 Yasmin Schnack and No. 107 Ashley Joelson. In doubles, Schnack and Zalameda are ranked No. 26, followed by No. 29 Elizabeth Lumpkin and Stephanie Wetmore. Joelson and Zalameda are also ranked No. 57.
With the exception of its 7-0 loss to Cal back on Feb. 16, UCLA has been extremely competitive in its six other losses this season. In fact, five of UCLA's seven defeats have been 4-3 scores. The Bruins have also not lost to any team outside the top 25.
Although only six players can play singles in a match, the Bruins actually have eight players who can step in and win on any given day. Never was this more evident than last weekend, when the Bruins nearly upset top-ranked Stanford before knocking off No. 8 Cal despite missing two of its top players due to injury. Yasmin Schnack and Alex McGoodwin did not play in those matches, however Anna-Viktoria Lind and Stephanie Wetmore filled in, each posting crucial victories in the lineup.
Against the Best
Junior Riza Zalameda owns an 8-6 singles record against ranked opponents this season. Included in her eight victories are two wins over top 5 opponents (#4 Melanie Gloria of Fresno State and #4 Susi Babos of Cal). Her other highest win was a straight-set victory over No. 38 Zuzana Zemenova of Baylor. Five of her six losses have been against players ranked in the top 25.
At the LATC
UCLA takes an 8-2 record in home matches at the Los Angeles Tennis Center into this Wednesday's showdown with Pepperdine. The Bruins have not lost more than three matches at home since the 2001 season. Since moving permanently to the LATC in 1997, UCLA has posted a home record of 110-32.
NCAA Announcements Set for May 1
The draw for the 64-team NCAA Women's Tennis Championships will be announced on ESPNews on Tuesday, May 1 at 5:30 PM (PST). If the Bruins are selected to host a regional, play will likely be May 12-13 at the LATC.
Following the Action Via the Internet
Fans unable to attend any Bruin home match in 2007 can follow the live scoring over the internet by clicking HERE.
Head Coach Stella Sampras Webster
Head coach Stella Sampras Webster owns an overall record of 179-97 (.649) 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.