The second-ranked UCLA women's tennis team (20-2; 8-1 Pac-12) hosts its biggest match of the season on Friday, as No. 12 USC (16- 6; 7-2 Pac-12) visits the Los Angeles Tennis Center for a 12:30 p.m. showdown. The match is free to attend and there will be free pizza and Diddy Riese cookies (first 100 fans), as well as the chance to win prizes by entering the Bruin Trivia Contest. The UCLA Band will also be in attendance. Doubles will start at 12:30 p.m. followed by singles at 2:00 p.m. The Pac-12 Networks will be airing the singles portion of Friday's match live (check your local listings for channel). Live stats will also be available by clicking HERE.
UCLA vs. USC Series
UCLA has already defeated USC twice this season. The Bruins' first win over their cross-town rival came at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors in Virgina where UCLA won 4-0. UCLA then notched a 5-2 victory over the Women of Troy back on March 7 at USC. The all-time series between the two teams couldn't be much closer, with USC owning a slim 47-46 advantage.
UCLA will be honoring three seniors on Friday, as Courtney Dolehide, Morgan Thomas and team manager Megan Lester will all be on hand for the team's final home match of the regular season. The ceremony will take place on court No. 1 between singles and doubles, as head coach Stella Sampras Webster and teammates will say a few words about this year's senior class.
Pac-12 Title Race
UCLA is one of three teams still in the race to capture this year's Pac-12 title. Both UCLA and Stanford are 8-1 in conference play heading into the final match of the regular season. Cal is in the driver's seat at 9-0, but still has to get past Stanford on Saturday to lock up the title. If UCLA beats USC on Friday, the Bruins will then need some help from Stanford to make it a three- way tie for this year's Pac-12 Championship.
UCLA checks in at No. 2 in this week's ITA team rankings released on Tuesday. The Bruins also have three players ranked in the top 20 in singles, led by Robin Anderson at No. 2. Jennifer Brady (No. 10) and Chanelle Van Nguyen (No. 13) are also in the top 20. Other Bruins ranked in singles are Kyle McPhillips (No. 30) and Catherine Harrison (No. 72). In doubles, Anderson and Brady are the top-ranked team in America, followed by Harrison and McPhillips at No. 6. Complete rankings can be found here:
Team | Singles | Doubles
With two doubles teams ranked in the top 10 in the nation, it's no wonder that UCLA has yet to surrender the doubles point in any match this season (22-0 in doubles). Top-ranked Robin Anderson and Jennifer Brady are 16-1 at No. 1 doubles this year, while eighth-ranked Catherine Harrison and Kyle McPhillips are 19-1 at court No. 2. Although they aren't ranked, Courtney Dolehide and Chanelle Van Nguyen have more than held their own at the No. 3 spot, going 19-1. In all, UCLA's three doubles teams are an impressive 54-3 in dual-match play.
Ojai Begins Next Week
UCLA heads to Ojai, Calif. next week for the annual Pac-12 Championships. Sophomore Kyle McPhillips is the defending singles champion at the event, defeating Stanford's Krista Hardebeck, 6-0, 6-1 in last year's final. A number of other Bruin players will also be gunning for titles next week in Ojai. For more information about the tournament, visit www.ojaitourney.org "