Bruins to Face IUPUI in NCAA First Round
April 30, 2003
Los Angeles -The UCLA women's tennis team will host IUPUI, Pepperdine, and Minnesota at the Los Angeles Tennis Center for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament on May 9-10. UCLA, seeded 11th, will face IUPUI in the first round, while local rival Pepperdine will play Minnesota. First round matches will take place on Friday, May 9, and the two winners will play a second-round match on Saturday, May 10, with times to be determined.
The Bruins have never faced IUPUI and have a 1-0 all-time record with Minnesota, having defeated the Golden Gophers in 1993. UCLA has played Pepperdine 48 times, including twice this year, to compile a 36-12 record all-time versus the Waves. UCLA won 6-1 on January 25 at home and 4-3 on February 14 in Malibu.
IUPUI, the champion of the Mid-Continent Conference, comes into the tournament with a 21-3 record after starting the spring campaign off with two losses. The Jaguars have won 11 in a row and 17 of 18 in the spring, following a perfect 4-0 fall schedule. UCLA and IUPUI had no common opponents this year.
Minnesota is 18-6 and had won nine in a row before a loss to then-No. 19 Northwestern in the Big Ten Tournament. UCLA and Minnesota did not have any common opponents this year.
Pepperdine (12-13) won the West Coast Conference and secured a bid to the NCAA Tournament. Despite losing 11 of 12 during the middle of the season, the Waves have rebounded to take six of their last seven contests on the way to the conference title. The two schools had six common opponents this year, including USC, UC Irvine, California, Fresno State, Loyola Marymount, and Oregon. In those matches, Pepperdine defeated Oregon while UCLA knocked off UCI, Fresno State, LMU, and Oregon as well.
Twelve of UCLA's 17 opponents in 2003 qualified for the NCAA Tournament, and nine of the 12 are seeded teams.
UCLA's inclusion in the 2003 tournament is the 22nd time that the Bruins have participated in the NCAA's postseason, keeping a perfect streak intact that started in 1982 when the NCAA began administrating women's championships.
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