The second-ranked UCLA women’s tennis team (15-1; 3-0 Pac-12) hosts a pair of conference matches this week, as Washington State (15-5; 1-3 Pac-12) and Oregon (7-8; 1-3 Pac-12) visit the Los Angeles Tennis Center this Friday and Saturday. Both matches will begin with doubles at 11:30 a.m., followed by singles at 1:00 p.m. The Pac-12 Networks will carry both matches live (singles only).
UCLA vs. Washington State and Oregon
UCLA owns a 36-1 record against both Washington State and Oregon. The Bruins are 19-1 all-time against the Cougars, posting a 6-1 win in the last meeting between the two teams in Pullman last year. UCLA has never lost to Oregon, owning a perfect 17-0 record, including a 6-1 win in Eugene in 2013.
Bruins Own Seven-Match Winning Streak
Since suffering its lone loss of the season back on Feb. 10, UCLA has reeled off seven-straight victories. All seven wins have come over ranked teams, including wins top 10 opponents Cal (#4) and USC (#6).
UCLA Seeking First Pac-12 Title Since 2008
UCLA takes a 3-0 record in Pac-12 play into the weekend, registering shutouts in all three contests. The Bruins began league play with a 5-0 win at Utah, followed by two more road wins over Colorado (4-0) and Washington (7-0). The toughest part of UCLA’s conference schedule begins next week, as the Bruins head to the Bay Area for matches against No. 5 Stanford and No. 13 Cal. UCLA also faces No. 12 USC in the final match of the regular season on April 18.
UCLA in the National Rankings
UCLA checks in at No. 2 in the national rankings released this week by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). The Bruins, who have been ranked in the top 5 all season, have been ranked as high as No. 1 this year (March 11). Individually, Robin Anderson is the team’s highest ranked singles player at No. 4. She is joined in the top 20 by Chanelle Van Nguyen (#11) and Jennifer Brady (#16). Sophomores Kyle McPhillips (#40) and Catherine Harrison (#55) are also ranked in singles. UCLA is the only team in the country with two doubles teams ranked in the top 5 (#1 Anderson & Brady / #5 Harrison and McPhillips.
UCLA has won the doubles point in all 16 matches this season. In fact, the Bruins have lost a total of two doubles matches all season, with both losses coming at No. 3 doubles. UCLA’s top two doubles teams of No. 1 Robin Anderson and Jennifer Brady (13-0), and Catherine Harrison and Kyle McPhillips (16-0) are a combined 29-0 in dual matches.
Duke Comeback is Bruins’ Lone Loss
The only team to beat UCLA this season is current No. 1 Duke, which posted a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Bruins in the final of the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors in February. UCLA won the doubles point in that match and then got wins at Nos. 5 and 6 singles to take a 3-0 lead. The Blue Devils, however, then reeled off four-straight victories - three of which were 10-point tiebreakers in place of third sets - to pull off the win.
Anderson Among the Best Nationally
Robin Anderson has been ranked as high as No. 1 in the nation this season in both singles and doubles. The junior from Matawan, N.J. is currently ranked No. 4 in singles and No. 1 in doubles (w/Jennifer Brady). Anderson jumped to the top of the rankings after having a tremendous fall campaign where she reached the singles final at both the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships in September and the ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in November. In doubles, she and Brady quickly found their rhythm, claiming the title at their first tournament together (Riviera All-American).
Harrison’s Streak Reaches 16
Sophomore Catherine Harrison is the only regular in the Bruin lineup yet to suffer a loss in dual-match play, as the sophomore from Germantown, Tenn. takes a perfect 12-0 record into this Friday’s match with Washington State. She also owns the longest singles winning streak on the team at 16 matches. Harrison has not lost since suffering a 6-1, 6-3 loss to Florida’s Sofie Oyen in the first round of the Freeman Memorial Championships in Las Vegas in January. Her win streak would start at that tournament, as she would go on to win the back draw in Las Vegas.
Head Coach Stella Sampras Webster
The 2012 ITA National Coach of the Year, Stella Sampras Webster is in her 18th season as head coach of the UCLA women’s tennis program, taking a career record of 318-129 (.711) into the 2014 season. She is only the third head coach in UCLA women’s tennis history, following Bill Zaima (1972-76 & 1986-96) and Gayle Godwin (1977-86). In 2008, Sampras Webster led UCLA to the school’s first NCAA Championship in women’s tennis and first national championship since 1981 (AIAW). It marked the 102nd NCAA title in UCLA history (UCLA leads the nation in NCAA titles with 110).