Women's Tennis to Host a Pair of Non-Conference Opponents This Weekend
March 6, 2001
Saturday, March 10 @ 2:30 p.m.
vs. No. 6 Texas
Sunday, March 11 @ Noon
The No. 22 UCLA women's tennis team (3-7 overall, 2-0 Pac-10) will host a pair of matches this weekend beginning with Miami (7-2) on Saturday at the LATC beginning at approximately 2:30 p.m. That match is part of a doubleheader with the UCLA men's team, which will kickoff the day against Arizona beginning at 11:00 a.m. On Sunday, UCLA will host No. 6 Texas (7-1) at the LATC beginning at Noon. The Longhorns will likely have revenge on their minds as the Bruins knocked them out of last year's NCAA Championships.
The Bruins dropped both matches last week, falling to New Mexico, 4-3 on Friday and to No. 12 USC, 5-2 on Saturday. The Bruins were scheduled to take on No. 9 Pepperdine last Tuesday, however that match was postponed due to rain. The match was rescheduled for Saturday, Mar. 31 at the LATC beginning at 11:00 a.m.
UCLA in the ITA Team and Individual Rankings
As a team, UCLA checked in at No. 22 in the ITA rankings released last week. New team rankings will be released this Wednesday. Individual rankings were released on Feb. 26 and Sara Walker is ranked 15th in the country, followed by Catherine Hawley at No. 82 and Petya Marinova at No. 85. In doubles, Lauren Fisher and Marinova check in at No. 19, while Walker and Zana Zlebnik are ranked 34th.
Bruin Injury Update
Sara Walker, Cristina Popescu and Zana Zlebnik have all been sidelined with injuries. Walker is recovering from a stress reaction in her left foot and is expected to play this weekend. Popescu played her first match in over a year against New Mexico last week and is slowly recovering from a knee injury suffered last season. Zlebnik, who played in the fall and at No. 3 singles in UCLA's first two matches of the season, is sidelined with a back injury. She played doubles with Walker against New Mexico, however is doubtful for the upcoming weekend.
Marinova on a Roll
Bruin junior Petya Marinova has been the hottest Bruins as of late, winning her last three singles matches and eight of her last 10 doubles matches with partner Lauren Fisher. Even more impressive, Marinova, ranked No. 85 in the latest ITA singles rankings, has been doing it at No. 2 singles - the highest position she has ever played in the lineup. Last Saturday she defeated USC's Anita Loyola, 6-1, 6-4 in the No. 2 position. In doubles, Marinova and Fisher are ranked No. 19 nationally and will probably move up when the new doubles rankings are released this Friday.
Pac-10: Nation's Toughest Conference
With seven teams ranked among the ITA Top-25, the Pac-10 is without a doubt the nation's toughest conference to play in. No. 1 Stanford leads the way and is followed by No. 8 ASU, No. 10 Cal, No. 12 USC, No. 17 Washington, No. 22 UCLA and No. 23 Arizona. The Bruins are currently 2-0 in the Pac-10 after beating both ASU and Arizona to start the season. Although UCLA was beaten by USC last week, that match did not count towards the Pac-10 standings.