UCLA Women's Tennis Spring Season Begins

Five Bruins to Compete in Two Tournaments this Week

Jan. 5, 1998

UCLA Quick Facts Current Team Rank: No. 2- Fall edition Team's Dual Match Record: 0-0 Pac-10 Record: 0-0 Head Coach: Stella Sampras Current Career Dual-match Record: 16-6 Last Year's Record: 16-6 overall, 7-3 Pac-10 Final Team Ranking: Region - 1, Nation - 5

Bruins In The ITA Rankings

1998 Fall edition (Dec.)
Player             Singles     Doubles
Amanda Basica            4          12
Annica Cooper            -          12
Christina Popescu       71           -
Elizabeth Schmidt       97           -

This Week
Bruin Contingents In Two Tournaments: The UCLA women's tennis team enters the 1998 spring season with contingents of players competing in two tournaments. Three Bruins will travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to represent the Bruins in the Milwaukee Tennis Classic Jan. 6-10. Two others will remain closer to home in order to compete in the National Collegiate Tennis Classic being played at the Sherwood Country Club in Westlake, Calif. Jan. 9-11.

The Milwaukee Classic
The 23rd edition of the Milwaukee Tennis Classic features high level collegiate players from across the country in both a men's and women's bracket. Play begins on Tuesday and runs through Saturday at venues in the Milwaukee Metropolitan area.

Competing in Milwaukee for the Bruins are Annica Cooper, Brandi Freudenberg and Kelly Rudolph. All three will play in the singles bracket while Cooper and Freudenberg will also unite in doubles action. Cooper is a solid player, looking to rebound from a 1-3 singles record during the fall. Freudenberg also went 1-3 in fall action and is looking to improve entering the spring schedule. Rudolph, the team's co-captain, is hoping to improve on a 2-2 fall record as she helps lead the Bruins into a season full of high expectations. Cooper and Freudenberg have not played doubles together in competition, but both are solid doubles players.

The National Collegiate Tennis Classic
The NCTC is the first major collegiate invitational of the season and features both men's and women's competitors from eight teams as well as some of the top- ranked players from across the country. This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the NCTC which has been referred to as "the Wimbledon of College Tennis" by the press.

Action begins at 8:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday. The singles finals are slated to begin at 1:00 p.m. with Fox Sports providing television coverage of the event nationally and regionally. Representing UCLA in both singles and doubles at the NCTC will be Amanda Basica and Elizabeth Schmidt.

Basica registered an impressive 10-1 record in fall tournaments as she climbed to No. 4 in the ITA rankings. After suffering a loss in her first match at UCLA, Basica has won 10 consecutive matches claiming the consolation bracket of the All-American Championships and the Rolex Regional Title en route. Schmidt posted a 3-3 mark during fall action, with all three losses coming to ranked opponents. She did reach the quarterfinals of the Rolex Regional and is ranked No. 97 entering the season. An All-American in doubles last year, Schmidt has not yet competed with Basica, who is enters the season ranked No. 24 with Cooper.

Looking Ahead
The Bruins compete in the Pac-10 Indoor Championships Jan. 15-19 in Seattle, Wash., before opening dual match. The first team event of the season has the Bruins hosting UC Irvine on Jan. 21. There is no admission charge to home matches which are played on campus primarily at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.