May 19, 2010
No. 7 UCLA to Face No. 10 Duke in NCAA Round of 16
In a battle between the last two NCAA Champions, the No. 7 UCLA women's tennis team (21-3) will face No. 10 Duke (21-7) in the NCAA Round of 16 this Thursday at Noon (EST) in Athens, Ga. It will be the first meeting between the two teams this season. UCLA advanced to the round of 16 with regional wins over Army (4-0) and Arizona State (4-0). Duke is coming off victories over Long Island (4-0) and Virginia (4-1). Live stats and video for all the matches in Athens can be accessed at Georgia's official tournament website located HERE.
Bruins vs. Blue Devils
UCLA leads the all-time series with Duke, 3-2. The last time the two teams squared off was during the quarterfinals of the 2003 NCAA Championships in Gainesville, Fla. Duke won that match 4-0.
UCLA Against the Field in 2010
UCLA owns a 4-3 record against teams that advanced to Athens for the round of 16.
Date Opponent Site Score Feb. 12 #6 Miami Neutral W, 4-3 Feb. 13 #2 Cal Neutral L, 4-3 Feb. 14 #4 Florida Neutral W, 4-1 Feb. 26 #11 Stanford Home W, 6-1 Feb. 28 #3 Cal Home W, 4-3 March 10 #9 Baylor Home L, 4-3 April 3 #12 Stanford Away L, 5-2
If UCLA can get by Duke on Thursday, the Bruins are guaranteed another strong ACC opponent in the quarterfinals. Awaiting the Bruins will be either No. 15 Florida State or No. 2 North Carolina on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. (EST). The Bruins have not faced either team this season.
Bruins Look Strong in Regional Play
UCLA cruised through NCAA Regional play over the weekend, posting a pair of shutouts to reach this week's round of 16. The Bruins began with a 4-0 victory over Patriot League champion Army on Friday. UCLA followed up that win with another 4-0 performance against Pac-10 foe Arizona State. It was expected that the Sun Devils would pose a significant threat to the Bruins after losing 4-3 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center earlier in the year. Saturday's second-round match was extremely one-sided, however, as the Bruins captured the doubles point and then posted three straight-set singles wins to run away with the match.
Last Time in Athens
The last time the NCAA Championships were held in Athens was 2007, and UCLA reached the final that year, falling 4-3 to Georgia Tech. The Bruins have actually enjoyed a great deal of success in Georgia, also reaching the finals in 2004 (Lost 4-1 to Stanford). The two other times that the NCAAs were held in Athens, in 1994 and 2005, UCLA was beaten in the round of 16. This year marks the fifth time that the University of Georgia has hosted the women's event.
Did You Know?
The last time UCLA received a No. 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament was in 2008 and the Bruins ended up winning the tournament that year. That season, the Bruins won six straight matches to claim the program's first NCAA title (and second overall national championship). UCLA's tournament culminated with a 4-0 victory over Cal at Tulsa's Michael C. Case Tennis Center.
Bruins Selected for NCAA Individual Championships
Yasmin Schnack, Andrea Remynse and Noelle Hickey will all represent UCLA in the 64-player NCAA Singles Draw, running from May 26-31 in Athens, Ga. Schnack is the No. 6 seed in the draw. Remynse and Schnack will also compete together in the doubles draw, as they make up the No. 4 seeded team. The individual portion of the NCAA Tournament takes place following the team competition, which runs from May 20-25.
UCLA at the NCAA Championships
Only three teams (UCLA, Stanford and Cal) have made the NCAA Tournament every year since women's tennis became an NCAA sport in 1982. The Bruins' selection to the 2010 tournament marks the team's 29th appearance. UCLA captured its only NCAA title in 2008, beating Cal, 4-0 in the final that year in Tulsa, Okla. The Bruins' only other national championship came in 1981, when the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) was the governing body.
Bruins Reach 20-Win Mark
With a pair of regional wins over the weekend, UCLA improved to 21-3 on the year, marking the program's third 20-win season in the last four years. It also marks Stella Sampras Webster's fourth 20-win season in 14 years of coaching at UCLA. If the Bruins were to run the table in Athens, the team would end the year with 25 wins, giving the program its most wins since the 1982 season (29).
Brown, Schnack Honored by the ITA
UCLA associate head coach Rance Brown and senior Yasmin Schnack were both honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) on Tuesday. Brown was named the Southwest Region's Assistant Coach of the Year, while Schnack took home Senior Player of the Year honors for the region. Both are now eligible for national awards in their respective divisions.