Bruins Get Set to Host IUPUI, Minnesota, and Pepperdine for NCAA Tournament

May 5, 2003

Up Next . . .
The Bruins are seeded 11th in the NCAA Tournament and have been chosen to host IUPUI, Pepperdine, and Minnesota for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament. On Friday, Pepperdine and Minnesota will square off at 10 a.m., followed by UCLA and IUPUI at 1 p.m. The two winners will play a second-round match at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

UCLA Caps Another Winning Regular Season . . .
The Bruins finished the 2003 regular season at 13-10, the team's 25th winning season in the 26 years that women's tennis has been a varsity sport at UCLA. Nine players played singles matches for the Bruins in the dual-match season, six of whom posted winning records. Susi Wild had 16 wins, while Jackie Carleton had 13, Sarah Gregg had 12, and Anya Loncaric had 11. Two doubles teams finished with double-digit wins, as Sarah Gregg and Susi Wild paired for 11, and Laura Gordon and Sara Walker had 10. Across all doubles combinations, Gregg led the team with 18 wins, two better than Carleton's 16. Gordon, Loncaric, and Wild had 15 each.

A Preview of the Future . . .
All but eight of UCLA's 76 dual-match singles wins were recorded by freshmen or sophomores, and all seven of UCLA's freshmen, the most in the Pac-10, saw action either during the dual-match year or the Pac-10 Tournament. Of the six players who played the most singles matches this year, only Sarah Gregg and Sara Walker had dual-match experience with the Bruins going into 2003.

UCLA Home Matches Live Via the Internet . . .
All UCLA home matches can be followed live at via the 'Live Stats' link in the Events Calendar or by going to the women's tennis schedule.

Stella Sampras Webster Guides the Bruins . . .
In her seventh season as the Bruins' head coach, Stella Sampras Webster earned her milestone 100th career win against No. 11 Tennessee. In her first six seasons, she guided the Bruins to five top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, including three top-5 showings (1997, 2000, and 2002). In 2000, she was named the ITA West Region Coach of the Year. The former Stella Sampras married Steve Webster on January 3, 2003.

ITA Top-25 (4/28)1. Stanford2. Florida3. Duke4. California5. USC6. Washington7. Georgia8. Tennessee9. VCU10. William & Mary11. North Carolina12. Kentucky13. UCLA14. South Alabama15. Vanderbilt16. Northwestern17. Harvard18. Arizona State19. Clemson20. Fresno State21. Notre Dame22. Arizona23. Oklahoma State24. Miami (Fla.)25. Illinois

2003 NCAA Tournament

The Bruins Against the Field . . .
Ranked Players: (12) Sara Walker, 5-7, Sr., El Paso, TX; (20) Jackie Carleton, 5-9, Fr., Jenkintown, PA; (50) Susi Wild, 5-7, Fr., Stuttgart, Germany; (96) Sarah Gregg, 5-6, So., East Yorkshire, England; Doubles: (46) Walker/Laura Gordon, 5-5, Fr., Aspen, CO2003 Opponents Participating in the NCAA Tournament: 12 (Arizona, ASU, Cal, Florida, Fresno State, Georgia, Pepperdine, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, USC, Washington)
Record vs. 2003 Opponents Participating in the NCAA Tournament: 8-10
All-time against IUPUI: First meeting
All-time against Pepperdine: 36-12 (defeated Pepperdine 6-1 at LATC on January 25, won at Pepperdine 4-3 on February 14)
All-time against Minnesota: 1-0 (Met in 1993)
Common Opponents with IUPUI in 2003: None
Common Opponents with Pepperdine in 2003: 6 (Cal, Fresno State, Loyola Marymount, Oregon, UC Irvine, USC)

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 All-Time in the NCAA Tournament . . .
Since the NCAA began administering the women's tennis tournament in 1982, the Bruins have participated all 22 times. Twelve of those times, the Bruins have finished in the top five.

On the Jaguars . . .
IUPUI comes into the tournament having won its last 11 matches and 17 of its last 18 after starting the spring season off 0-2. The Jaguars also had a perfect 4-0 fall season.
Top Player: Brookley Crews, 6-0, Fr., Jasper, IN
2003 Opponents Participating in the NCAA Tournament: None

On the Waves . . .
Pepperdine has won six of its last seven matches, rebounding from a mid-season stretch that saw the Waves lose 11 of 12.
Ranked Players: (65) Natalie Braverman, 5-6, Fr., Newport Beach, CA; (77) Charlotte Vernaz, 5-8, Jr., Scientrier, France
2003 Opponents Participating in the NCAA Tournament: 9 (Baylor, Cal, Cal Poly, Fresno State, Harvard, Pennsylvania, San Diego State, South Alabama, USC)
Record vs. 2003 Opponents Participating in the NCAA Tournament: 1-9
Common Opponents with Minnesota in 2003: None

On the Golden Gophers . . .
Minnesota won nine in a row before a Big Ten Tournament loss to current No. 16 Northwestern to close out the regular season.
Ranked Player: (98) Angela Buergis, So., Frauenfeld, Switzerland
2003 Opponents Participating in the NCAA Tournament: 9 (Colorado, Georgia Tech, Harvard, Illinois, Michigan, Northwestern,Ohio State, Purdue, William & Mary)
Record vs. 2003 Opponents Participating in the NCAA Tournament: 7-5

UCLA's Year-by-Year Finish at NCAAs . . .
1982 - 2nd 1989 - 2nd 1996 - T-3rd1983 - 3rd 1990 - 3rd 1997 - T-5th1984 - 5th 1991 - 2nd 1998 - T-9th1985 - 9th 1992 - T-5th 1999 - T-17th1986 - 9th 1993 - T-9th 2000 - T-5th1987 - 5th 1994 - T-9th 2001 - T-9th1988 - 3rd 1995 - T-5th 2002 - T-5th
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