Tough Weekend Ahead for No.8 Bruins
April 1, 2002
THIS WEEK:Friday, April 5@ (20) CaliforniaBerkeley, CA (1:30 p.m.)
Saturday, April 6@ (6) StanfordStanford, CA (Noon)
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The UCLA women's tennis team prepares for one of its biggest roadtrips of the 2002 campaign, as the No. 8 Bruins travel to the Bay Area this weekend for matchups with No. 20 Cal and No. 6 Stanford. On Friday, the Bruins will face Cal in Berkeley beginning at 1:30 p.m. The Bears currently stand at 10-4 and will face Stanford on Wednesday prior to their match with UCLA. The Bruins lead the all-time series 24-20. On Saturday, UCLA will take on Stanford beginning at Noon. The Cardinal are 15-1 on the year and lead the all-time series with UCLA, 55-13.
Bruins Sweep Arizona Schools . . .
This past weekend, UCLA made a clean sweep of the Arizona schools, defeating Arizona, 5-2 on Friday and No. 10 Arizona State, 6-1 on Saturday. The bottom half of the Bruin lineup led the way, as Sarah Gregg, Lauren Fisher and Catherine Hawley were all 2-0 over the weekend. The Bruins also won both meetings with the two schools in Los Angeles back in February.
Bruins Fall to No. 8 . . .
UCLA checked in at No. 8 in the latest Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings released on March 27. The Bruins, who were tied with Stanford in the No. 5 spot two weeks ago, fell despite not playing a match for two weeks. New rankings will be released April 3.
ITA Top-25 (3/27)1.Florida2. Georgia3. Wake Forest4. Duke5. Vanderbilt6. Stanford7. UNC8. UCLA9. VCU10. Arizona State11. William & Mary12. Tennessee13. Kentucky14. Texas15. UNLV16. USC17. Northwestern18. Georgia Tech19. Washington20. California21. Texas A&M22. Fla. International23. Notre Dame24. South Carolina25. Fresno State
Individually Speaking . . .
UCLA is the only school in the country with two players currently listed in the top-5 of the Omni Hotels Singles Rankings. When the latest individual rankings were released on Mar. 20, Megan Bradley was No. 3 in the nation and Sara Walker checked in at No. 5. Walker and Bradley are UCLA's only 20-match winners this season, as Walker is 25-7 overall and Bradley is 23-4. In addition, Petya Marinova is ranked No. 61 in the nation. UCLA is also the only school in the country to have two doubles teams in the top-6 nationally. The Bruins' top doubles team of Petya Marinova and Walker are ranked No. 5 in the country, while Bradley and Lauren Fisher are close behind at No. 6.
Head Coach Stella Sampras . . .
Stella Sampras is currently in her sixth season as the head coach of the UCLA women's tennis program with a career record of 89-55. Sampras became only the third head coach in UCLA women's tennis history when she was named the successor to longtime head coach Bill Zaima, who announced his retirement effective the end of the 1995-96 season. In her first five seasons at UCLA, Sampras guided the Bruins to four top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, including two top-5 showings (1997 and 2000). In 2000, she was named the ITA West Region Coach of the Year.