Bruins Travel to Florida for NCAA Championships
May 12, 2003
Los Angeles -
Up Next . . .
The 11th-seeded UCLA women's tennis team will face conference rival Washington, the tournament's sixth-seed, in the Round of 16 of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday in Gainesville, FL at 11 a.m. Eastern Time. With a win, the Bruins would face (3) Duke or (14) William & Mary on Friday in the NCAA Quarterfinals.
Familiar Foes in Florida . . .
UCLA faced seven of the top eight seeds in the NCAA Tournament during the regular season. Only third-seeded Duke has not seen the Bruins this year. The Bruins played four of those seven teams - (1) Stanford, (4) California, (5) USC, and (6) Washington - in the conference season and three more at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor event in Madison, WI in February, facing (2) Florida, (7) Tennessee, and (8) Georgia.
UCLA Dominates Regional at LATC . . .
The Bruins hosted a four-team NCAA Regional this past weekend at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. In the first round on Friday, the Bruins swept Mid-Continent Conference champion IUPUI, 4-0 with singles wins from Sara Walker, Laura Gordon, and Anya Loncaric, as well as a doubles sweep. On Saturday, the Bruins beat Pepperdine, 4-1, with singles wins from Walker, Susi Wild, and Feriel Esseghir, plus the doubles point.
Following the Championships . . .
Up to the minute tournament results can be accessed at Florida's website: www.gatorzone.com. Click on the NCAA Tennis Championships logo for live scoring, schedule & results, tournament draws and capsules of participating teams.
UCLA in the NCAA Tournament . . .
UCLA and Stanford are the only schools to make all 21 NCAA Tournaments since it began back in 1982. In 1998, UCLA made its first appearance in NCAA Regional competition after being selected as an automatic qualifier to the NCAA Championships the previous 16 years.
Bruins Get Three Players Tabbed for NCAA Individual Tournament . . .
No. 12 Sara Walker, No. 20 Jackie Carleton, and No. 50 Susi Wild were selected to participate in the NCAA Individual Tournament, also in Gainesville, FL, following the completion of the team tournament on May 18. The draw will be announced following the team tournament as well. All 15 of Walker's singles matches during dual competiton came at the No. 1 spot, where she was 8-7. Carleton spent most of her matches at the No. 2 position, going 9-3, but filled in for Walker at the number one spot seven times, winning four. Wild has played at every position from first through fourth for the Bruins, posting a 16-7 record overall. She went 7-3 at the No. 2 position and won all five matches in the four spot.
UCLA vs. Washington Series . . .
All-time, the Bruins hold a 10-2 record against the Huskies. This season, the Bruins fell to Washington in Seattle, 6-1 on April 12. UCLA's only other loss to Washington came at Seattle during the 2001 season.
UCLA in the Rankings . . .
UCLA stands at No. 13 in the last ITA Top-25, released April 28. In the latest individual rankings, released the same day, UCLA has four ranked singles players and one ranked doubles team. Sara Walker is at No. 12, while Jackie Carleton is at No. 20, Susi Wild is at No. 50, and Sarah Gregg is at No. 96. The doubles team of Walker and Laura Gordon is ranked No. 46.
Bruins in the NCAA Tournament . . .
Since the NCAA Tournament began back in 1982, the Bruins have registered 18 top-5 finishes, including seven appearances in the semifinals. UCLA's only national championship was an AIAW title and came one year before NCAA competition began in 1981.