Huskies Return Home for Pair of Pac-10 Matches
Feb. 28, 2007
Live Video: UCLA-UW | USC-UW
THIS WEEK: After playing six of its last eight matches on the road, the Washington women's tennis team (1-7, 0-2 Pac-10) start a March schedule that will see them at home for six of nine matches. First up for the Huskies are No. 15 UCLA on Friday, March 2 at 12 p.m., followed by No. 8 USC on Saturday, March 3 at 12 p.m. at Nordstrom Tennis Center.
CAN'T BEAT FREE: Admission to all tennis matches is free. Thanks to Cingular, there is also free parking for tennis fans (see lower-left box for more info). In addition, complimentary pizza and soft drinks will be served in between the doubles and singles matches. Fans that are unable to attend the home matches can follow along from home with live scoring and live video -- once again for free!
LAST WEEK: The Huskies picked up their first win of the 2007 season with a 4-3 victory at Illinois. With the match tied a 3-3, Joyce Ardies won in the No. 3 singles spot to clinch the Huskies first road win since April 9, 2005 at Arizona State. The Huskies also were swept by Purdue.
SCOUTING UCLA: The No. 15 UCLA Bruins come to Seattle with a 6-4 record. Their four losses have come to No. 1 Stanford, No. 5 Northwestern, No. 7 California, and No. 13 Clemson. Head Coach Stella Sampras Webster's squad has three ranked singles players. Junior Riza Zalameda is the highest-ranked Bruin, checking in at No. 43. She is followed by freshman Yasmin Schnack at No. 62 and Tracy Lin at No. 67. In doubles, Elizabeth Lumpkin and Stephanie Wetmore are ranked No. 48. Although UCLA has already played Stanford and California, this weekends matches at Washington and Washington State are considered their first Pac-10 Conference matches of the season. Sampras Webster is the older sister of retired tennis great Pete Sampras. Washington is 2-15 all-time against the Bruins, with the Huskies last beating UCLA in 2003.
SCOUTING USC: USC (6-2) began the season ranked No. 3 in the nation, but has moved to No. 8 in the latest ITA national rankings. USC's pair of losses came at the hands of No. 1 Stanford and No. 7 California. The Trojans are blessed to have five players ranked nationally in singles. Freshman Sarah Fansler sits at No. 12, followed by No. 20 Lindsey Nelson, No. 48 Anca Anastasiu, No. 77 Dianne Matias and No. 89 Amanda Fink. In doubles, Fansler/Matias are No. 24, ahead of No. 25 Matias/Nelson, No. 30 Anastasiu/Smekodub and No. 31 DeVera/Fink. USC is 13-1 all-time against the Huskies, having won 7-0 last season at home. Washington's lone win came in a 6-1 decision in 2003 in Seattle.
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