Bruins Ready for NCAAs
May 6, 2002
Up Next . . .
The No. 7-seeded UCLA women's tennis team will host NCAA Regional action this Friday and Saturday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. On Friday, May 10, Loyola Marymount will take on Washington beginning at 10:00 a.m. That match will be followed by UCLA vs. Southern at 1:00 p.m. On Saturday, May 11, both of Friday's winners will do battle to determine which team advances to the 16-team NCAA Championships, May 16-25 in Stanford, Calif. Daily ticket prices for the regionals are $6 for adults and $4 for youth/students. Gates open one hour prior to the start of play each day.
Bruins Earn No. 7 Seed . . .
The fifth-ranked Bruins (16-4) earned the No. 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament which begins Friday at 16 college campuses throughout the country. Florida is the top seed, followed by Georgia, Stanford, Vanderbilt and Duke. The SEC and Pac-10 proved their dominance as the top two power conferences in the country, as 11 of the 16 seeded teams in the tournament are from one of those two leagues.
Bruins Selected for Individual Tournament . . .
Individually, Megan Bradley and Sara Walker qualified to play in the NCAA Singles Championships. In doubles, Petya Marinova will team with Walker, and Bradley will team with Lauren Fisher. The last Bruin to claim an individual NCAA singles title was Keri Phebus in 1995. That was also the same year as UCLA's last NCAA doubles title, as Phebus teamed with Susie Starrett to win that championship.
Bradley/Fisher Reach Finals at Ojai . . .
UCLA's Megan Bradley and Lauren Fisher reached the doubles final at the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai, Calif. two weeks ago. Despite breezing through early round action, they ended up losing a tough, 8-6 decision to Cal's Christina Fusano/Raquel Kops-Jones. Bradley and Fisher were looking to give the Bruins back-to-back titles in that event, as Mariko Fritz-Krockow and Sara Walker were the defending champs after taking the title in 2001.
UCLA in the Rankings . . .
As a team, the Bruins finished the regular season ranked No. 5 in the Omni Hotels Collegiate Rankings released on May 1. Individually, Megan Bradley checks in at No. 3, Sara Walker is ranked No. 10 and Petya Marinova is ranked No. 74. The Bruins' top doubles team of Marinova and Walker are ranked No. 4 in the nation, while Bradley and Lauren Fisher are right behind at No. 5. New rankings will not be released until after the conclusion of the NCAA Tournament.
Bruins in the NCAA Tournament . . .
Since the NCAA Tournament began back in 1982, the Bruins have registered 13 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.