May 15, 2013
No. 7 Bruins Headed to Illinois for NCAA Round of 16
The seventh-seeded UCLA women's tennis team (18-5) is looking to improve on last year's NCAA runner-up finish, as the Bruins head to Urbana, Ill. this week's for the NCAA Round of 16, which begins on Friday at the University of Illinois' Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex at the Atkins Tennis Center. UCLA is scheduled to face No. 10 Michigan (23-5) on Friday at 5:00 p.m. (PST), with the winner of that match taking on either No. 2 North Carolina or No. 15 Nebraska in the quarterfinals on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. (PST).
Following the Action in Illinois
Illinois has set up an NCAA Tournament Central Page on its website that has links to live video, live stats, updated draws, ticket information, etc.
The UCLA-Michigan Series
UCLA and Michigan have met only one time in women's tennis, with the Bruins taking an 8-1 victory over the Wolverines back in 1983.
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 2013 tournament marks the team's 32nd appearance. UCLA captured its only NCAA title in 2008 in Tulsa, Okla. (UCLA def. Cal, 4-0). The Bruins' only other national title was in 1981 when the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) was the governing body of women's tennis.
UCLA Against the NCAA Round of 16
UCLA owns a 3-5 record against the other 15 teams that are still alive in the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins' wins this season were over Miami, Cal, and Georgia. UCLA suffered losses to North Carolina, Stanford, Cal and USC (twice). However, three of UCLA's five losses were 4-3 scores.
Bruins Go 2-0 in Regional Play
UCLA advanced to this week's NCAA Round of 16 by winning two regional matches last weekend at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The Bruins beat both Army and Oklahoma State by 4-0 scores. UCLA is now 31-1 all time in NCAA Regional competition.
Bruins to Compete in NCAA Individual Championships
Three Bruin players will remain in Georgia after the team competition to take part in the NCAA singles and doubles draws, which run from May 22-27. Robin Anderson and Kyle McPhillips both received at-large selections into the 64-player singles draw. Anderson is seeded No. 3 in the draw. Anderson will also be competing in the NCAA doubles draw with teammate Skylar Morton. Courtney Dolehide and Pamela Montez are alternates in the doubles draw. UCLA is seeking its first NCAA singles champion since Keri Phebus in 2005. Tracy Lin and Riza Zalameda were the last Bruin doubles team to win the title, claiming that crown in 2008.
UCLA in the ITA Rankings
UCLA was ranked No. 7 in the final ITA team rankings of the regular season released on May 2. The Bruins have been ranked in the top 10 all season long. Individually, five UCLA players are ranked, led by Robin Anderson at No. 3. She is followed by Kyle McPhillips (#20), Catherine Harrison (#93), Kaitlin Ray (#108) and Chanelle Van Nguyen (#119). UCLA's top two doubles teams are also ranked, as Anderson and Skylar Morton check in at No. 25, followed by Courtney Dolehide and Pamela Montez at No. 38. McPhillips and Morton are also ranked 47th. New team and individual rankings will not be released again until the conclusion of the NCAA Tournament.
McPhillips on a Roll
Freshman Kyle McPhillips has been UCLA's hottest player of late, taking a 10-match winning streak into this week's NCAA Round of 16. McPhillips' run started in the team's last four matches of the regular season and continued all the way through the Pac-12 Tournament, where she became the first UCLA freshman to win the main draw singles title since Sara Walker in 2000. At 30-8 overall, she is the only Bruin player to reach the 30-win mark this season.
McPhillips Named Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year as All-Conference Honors are Released
All-Pac-12 honors for the 2013 season were released on Wednesday and Bruin freshman Kyle McPhillips was named Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year. McPhillips, from Willoughby, Ohio, is the second Bruin player in as many years to earn that honor, as Robin Anderson also took home the award in 2012. In addition, McPhillips was named to the All-Pac-12 second team, while Anderson earned a spot on the first team.
Bruins Recruit Nationally
One interesting fact about this year's lineup is that the Bruins' top eight players all hail from different states. As amazing as it sounds, UCLA only has one starting player from the state of California in Pamela Montez. Below is a breakdown of UCLA's lineup:
1. Robin Anderson, Matawan, N.J.
2. Kyle McPhillips, Willoughby, Ohio
3. Pamela Montez, La Quinta, Calif.
4. Chanelle Van Nguyen, Miami, Fla.
5. Catherine Harrison, Germantown, Tenn.
6. Courtney Dolehide, Hinsdale, Ill.
7. Kaitlin Ray, Little Rock, Ark.
8. Skylar Morton, Bethesda, Md.
UCLA Leads the Nation in NCAA Titles
UCLA is the national leader in NCAA Championships with 108, followed by Stanford with 103. The last Bruin team to claim an NCAA title was women's volleyball, which won the program's first title in 20 years this past December.
McPhillips Named Southwest Region ITA Rookie of the Year
In addition to her Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year award, freshman Kyle McPhillips was also named ITA Southwest Region Rookie of the Year on Tuesday. That means she is in contention for the ITA National Rookie of the Year award, which will be announced later this month.
Dolehide Returns to Illinois
This year's NCAA Championships serve as a homecoming of sorts for Bruin junior Courtney Dolehide, who attended Hinsdale Central High School in Hinsdale, Ill., which is a suburb of Chicago located roughly 140 miles from Champaign. Dolehide won a pair of state championships in doubles at Hinsdale Central during her freshman and sophomore years.
Did You Know?
Being a the No. 7 seed isn't such a bad thing for UCLA, as the Bruins were also seeded seventh in the team's national championship season of 2008. UCLA defeated No. 8 Cal, 4-0 in the final that year in Tulsa, Okla.
Head Coach Stella Sampras Webster
Stella Sampras Webster takes a 316-128 overall record into Friday's match with Michigan. In 2008, she led UCLA to the school's first NCAA Women's Tennis Championship - and first national championship since 1981 (AIAW) - with a 4-0 victory over Cal in the final in Tulsa, Okla. It marked the 102nd NCAA title in UCLA history. Sampras Webster also guided the Bruins to their first Pac-10 Championship that year, finishing the conference season with a 7-1 record. She was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year at the end of the season. Few college coaches can match Sampras Webster's ability to continually put their teams in the title hunt year in and year out. Prior to the 2008 championship season, she guided the program to a pair of second-place finishes in 2004 and 2007. Sampras Webster-led teams have finished in the top 5 nationally on eight occasions (1997, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012). UCLA was the national runner-up in 2012, falling to Florida in the championship match in Athens, Ga.