UCLA (8-1) returns to action for the first time after the National Team Indoors this week, hosting a pair of matches at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. Action begins this Wednesday when the Bruins host No. 26 Pepperdine (4-1) at 1:30 p.m. Live stats for that match (and all home matches at UCLA this year) can be found HERE.
Bruins and Bears to Square Off Live on Pac-12 Networks This Friday
A battle of Pac-12 powers will take place at the Los Angeles Tennis Center this Friday, as No. 4 Cal (5-1) heads to Westwood for a 1:30 p.m. showdown with host No. 2 UCLA. This is considered a non-conference meeting, as the league match between these two teams will not be until April 5 in Berkeley. The Pac-12 Networks will carry Friday’s match live (check local listings for channel lineup).
UCLA leads the series 52-13. The Bruins won the last meeting between the two teams, a 4-3 win in Malibu last year. With the match tied 3-3, Catherine Harrison downed Megan Moore, 6-1, 7-5 at court No. 5 to seal the win for UCLA.
UCLA and Cal know each other well, having played a total of 69 times, with the Bruins owning a 39-30 advantage. The two teams played twice last year, with each team winning 4-3 on the other team’s home courts. Bruin sophomore Kyle McPhillips was the star in UCLA’s win in Berkeley, as she defeated Klara Fabikova, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 at court No. 3 to clinch the 4-3 win for UCLA.
Bruins Reach National Indoor Final
UCLA reached the final at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors for the third year in a row two weeks ago, suffering a 4-3 loss to No. 10 Duke at the Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va. It was a rematch of the 2012 Indoor final, a match the Bruins won 4-0 to claim the school’s first-ever championship at the event. UCLA also played in the final of the Indoors in 2013, suffering a 4-3 loss to North Carolina. The Bruins cruised into this year’s final following wins over No. 17 Texas (Rd. of 16), No. 6 USC (QF) and No. 16 Northwestern (SF).
UCLA Moves Up in ITA Rankings
Following its strong result at the Indoors, UCLA moved up from No. 5 to No. 3 in the ITA Team Rankings. The Bruins then moved up one more spot this week, switching places with Stanford, which is now No. 3. Indoor champion Duke is the No. 1 team in America. Complete team rankings can be found HERE.
Robin Anderson is UCLA’s highest ranked singles player at No. 2. She has been ranked as high as No. 1 this year. Also ranked in the top 10 is Chanelle Van Nguyen at No. 9. Rounding out the list of ranked players for UCLA is Jennifer Brady (#22), Kyle McPhillips (#27) and Catherine Harrison (#44). In doubles, Anderson and Brady check in at No. 2, while Harrison and McPhillips are No. 29. ITA Rankings: Singles | Doubles