Bruins Head to the Desert

March 8, 2004

Bruins Head to Arizona . . .
The No. 11-ranked UCLA women's tennis team (7-5) continues Pac-10 play this weekend, as the Bruins head to the desert for meetings with Arizona and Arizona State. The action kicks off this Friday when the Bruins will be in Tucson for a 1:30 p.m. matchup with Arizona (4-4). Friday will mark the first meeting between these two teams this season as the previous match on Feb. 21 in Los Angeles was cancelled due to rain. On Saturday, UCLA will be in Tempe taking on Arizona State (3-5) at 1:00 p.m. The Bruins defeated the Sun Devils, 5-1 back on Feb. 20. Doubles was not played in that match due to rain.

Bruins Open 1-1 in Pac-10 Play . . .
UCLA split a pair of matches last week to begin conference play. The Bruins faced No. 13 USC last Wednesday, falling 5-2 at the LATC. UCLA won the doubles point, but managed only one victory in singles play when junior Lauren Fisher defeated Dianne Matias, 6-4, 6-2 at the No. 4 position. The Bruins bounced back against No. 23 Oregon on Saturday, posting a 6-1 victory over the Ducks to even their Pac-10 record at 1-1.

UCLA in the ITA Rankings . . .
UCLA checks in at No. 11 in the ITA Rankings released on Mar. 2. Stanford is ranked No. 1, followed by Georgia, Florida, Vanderbilt and North Carolina. Individually, Jackie Carleton is ranked No. 13 in singles, followed by No. 44 Daniela Bercek and No. 74 Alex McGoodwin. Carleton and Lauren Fisher are ranked No. 17 in doubles. New team and individual rankings will be released on Mar. 9.

ITA Top-24 (3/2)1.  Stanford2.  Georgia3.  Florida4.  Vanderbilt5.  North Carolina6.  Duke7.  Northwestern8.  Washington9.  Cal10.  Texas11.  UCLA12.  Clemson13.  USC14.  Fresno State15.  Harvard16.  Texas A&M17.  Illinois18.  Michigan19.  Notre Dame20.  Kentucky21.  Miami22.  BYU23.  Oregon24.  Indiana25.  Tulane

Bercek Returns, McGoodwin Still Out . . .
After withdrawing from her singles match against Pepperdine back on Feb. 25 due to injury, Bruin freshman Daniela Bercek was unable to play singles in the next two dual matches, both UCLA losses. She made a successful return to the lineup against No. 23 Oregon last Saturday, winning both her singles and doubles matches in the 6-1 UCLA victory. Fellow freshman Alex McGoodwin has missed UCLA's last five matches and is still questionable for the Arizona trip this weekend.

A Brief Look Ahead . . .
Following this week's matches in Arizona, the Bruins return home to the Los Angeles Tennis Center on Mar. 17 to host No. 21 Miami at 1:30 p.m. That match will bring two former Bruins back to the LATC, as Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk was a Bruin letterman from 1992-96 and junior MeganBradley played her freshman season at UCLA in 2002.

UCLA Home Matches Live Via the Internet . . .
All UCLA home matches can be followed live at UCLA's official athletic website Fans can access the matches by clicking on the 'Live Stats' link in the Events Calendar on the front page or by going into the women's tennis schedule. There is also a link on the main women's tennis page.

Head Coach Stella Sampras Webster . . .
Stella Sampras Webster enters her eighth season as the head coach of the UCLA women's tennis program with a career record of 119-74 (.617). In her first seven seasons at UCLA, Sampras Webster guided the Bruins to six top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, including four top-5 showings (1997, 2000 2002 and 2003).In addition, UCLA has reached the NCAA Quarterfinals three out of the last four years (2000, 2002 and 2003). Under her tutelage, the Bruins have finished in the top-10 nationally, six out of seven years.

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