No. 7 UCLA Hosts No. 16 Women of Troy This Thursday

March 5, 2002


This Week . . .

Thursday, March 7 vs. (16) USC
Los Angeles Tennis Center - 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 9 vs. Oregon
Los Angeles Tennis Center - Noon

Up Next . . .
The UCLA women's tennis team has two matches scheduled this week. First off, this Thursday, UCLA will host No. 16 USC at the Los Angeles Tennis Center beginning at 1:30 p.m. The Bruins and Women of Troy have faced off once this year already with UCLA taking a 5-2 decision back on Feb. 1 at USC. Thursday's match will be the Pac-10 opener for both teams. On Saturday, UCLA will host Oregon at the LATC beginning at Noon. The Bruins are 5-0 all time against the Ducks.

Bruins Check in at No. 7 in Latest ITA Rankings . . .
After checking in at No. 16 in the preseason ITA Rankings and then moving up to No. 11 two weeks ago, UCLA moved up four spots to No. 7 in the latest rankings released on Feb. 27. New team rankings will be released on Wed., March 6.

ITA Top-25 (2/27)1.Georgia2. Vanderbilt3. Stanford4. Duke5. Florida6. Wake Forest7. UCLA8. ASU9. Tennessee10. Texas11. Kentucky12. Washington13. North Carolina14. Northwestern15. California16. USC17. Fresno State18. Texas A&M19. William & Mary20. Notre Dame21. Baylor22. Alabama23. Georgia Tech24. Oklahoma State25. South Carolina

Individually Speaking . . .
UCLA is the only school in the country with two players currently listed in the top-10 of the singles rankings. When the latest individual rankings were released back on Feb. 22, Sara Walker was No. 4 in the nation and Megan Bradley checked in at No. 5. Walker is UCLA's only 20-match winner thus far, posting an impressive 23-4 overall record. She has seen most of her action in the No. 2 position. Bradley, who has played No. 1 singles for UCLA in all but one dual match this season, owns an impressive 19-3 overall record, including a 7-1 mark at the top position. In doubles, UCLA and Stanford are the only schools to have two teams ranked in the top-10. UCLA's top doubles team of Petya Marinova and Walker are ranked No. 4 in the country, while Bradley and Lauren Fisher are close behind at No. 9.

LAST TIME VS. USC -- Feb. 1, 2002 (#16 UCLA 4, #7 USC 3)

Doubles(1) Walker/Marinova (UCLA) def. Brymer/Peterson (USC) - 8-4(2) Fisher/Bradley (UCLA) def. Loyola/Magnani (USC) - 8-6(3) Esmero/Bayani (USC) def. Gregg/Hawley (UCLA) - 8-6UCLA wins doubles point.

Singles(1) Megan Bradley (UCLA) def. Jewel Peterson (USC) - 6-2, 6-4(2) Sara Walker (UCLA) def. Luana Magnani (USC) - 6-4, 6-3(3) Petya Marinova (UCLA) def. Anita Loyola (USC) - 6-4, 7-6(4) Maureen Diaz (USC) def. Sarah Gregg (UCLA) - 6-1, 6-7, 6-2(5) Tiffany Brymer (USC) def. Lauren Fisher (UCLA) - 2-6, 6-3, 6-3(6) Catherine Hawley (UCLA) def. Bernadette Bayani (USC) - 4-6, 7-6, 7-6

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