No. 9-Seeded Bruins to Meet No. 8 USC in NCAA Round of 16
May 17, 2004
Round of 16 Play Begins This Thursday . . .
After winning its regional over the weekend, the No. 9-seeded UCLA women's tennis team (18-7) heads to Athens, Ga. this week for the 16-team NCAA Championships hosted by the University of Georgia. A familiar opponent awaits the Bruins in the round of 16, as eighth-seeded USC (18-6) will be UCLA's next hurdle. That match will be played this Thursday, May 20 at 12:00 p.m. (EST). The winner will meet either Miami or Tulane in the quarterfinals on Friday. Live stats for all matches and information about the tournament is available at Georgia's athletic website GeorgiaDogs.com.
NCAA Top-16 Seeds1. Florida2. Stanford3. Vanderbilt4. Washington5. Clemson6. Georgia7. Duke8. USC9. UCLA10. Northwestern11. California12. Texas A&M13. Texas14. North Carolina15. Kentucky16. Tulane
NCAA Individual Championships Begin May 24 . . .
At the conclusion of the NCAA Team Championships, the top singles and doubles players in the nation will do battle for NCAA individual honors. UCLA's Daniela Bercek and Jackie Carleton were both awarded at-large selections to compete in the singles draw. Bercek also received an at-large selection with partner Lauren Fisher in the NCAA Doubles Championships. Carleton and Feriel Esseghir are the first alternates and will also likely get into the doubles draw.
Bruins Advance Through Regional Play . . .
UCLA hosted the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament, May 14-15 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. Pepperdine upset 18th-ranked BYU, 4-2 in the first match of the regional on Saturday. UCLA followed that up with a 4-0 win against Long Beach State later in the day. In Sunday's regional final, the Bruins came from behind after losing the doubles point to defeat Pepperdine, 4-2 and advance to Athens, Ga.
The UCLA vs. USC Series . . .
USC is one of the few teams the Bruins have not been able to beat this season. The Bruins and Women of Troy first squared off back on Jan. 30 at USC, with UCLA falling 4-3. The Women of Troy also posted a 5-2 decision over the Bruins at the Los Angeles Tennis center back on Mar. 3. USC leads the all-time series, 38-32.
Bercek, Carleton Named All-Pac-10 . . .
Daniela Bercek and Jackie Carleton both earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors last week following a vote of Conference coaches. Bercek was also named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year after posting a 21-5 overall singles record. Carleton, a sophomore, was also named second-team All-Pac-10 as a freshman in 2003.
Bruins Finish Third in Pac-10 Standings . . .
With a 6-2 record, UCLA finished in third place behind Stanford and USC in the final Pac-10 standings. The Bruins' only losses were to both those teams, as UCLA posted victories over Cal, Washington, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon and Washington State.
UCLA in the Rankings . . .
UCLA checked in at No. 8 in the final national rankings of the regular season released on May 3. Individually, sophomore Jackie Carleton leads the list of Bruin players ranked in singles, checking in at No. 18. She is followed by No. 31 Daniela Bercek. The Bruins have three teams ranked in doubles, including No. 22 Carleton/Lauren Fisher, No. 23 Bercek/Fisher and No. 43 Carleton/Feriel Esseghir.
ITA Top-25 (May 3)1. Stanford2. Florida3. Vanderbilt4. Duke5. Georgia6. USC7. Clemson8. UCLA9. Northwestern10. Washington11. Tulane12. Texas13. Texas A&M14. California15. North Carolina16. Fresno State17. Kentucky18. BYU19. LSU20. Oklahoma21. Indiana22. Illinois23. Miami24. Tennessee25. TCU
UCLA Against the NCAA Championships Field . . .
UCLA owned a 12-7 overall record against the 63 other teams which made the NCAA Championship field. The Bruins are 5-6 against teams in the round of 16. UCLA's wins are against Miami, Washington, Arizona State (2) and Fresno State. The Bruins' losses have been to Stanford (3), USC (2) and Vanderbilt.
Head Coach Stella Sampras Webster . . .
Stella Sampras Webster is in her eighth season as the head coach of the UCLA women's tennis program with a career record of 130-76 (.631). 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. A 1991 graduate of UCLA with a degree in Psychology, Sampras Webster enjoyed a successful four-year career as a Bruin player from 1987-91 and competed on the pro circuit for one year. An NCAA Doubles Champion as a freshman in 1988 with Allyson Cooper, Sampras Webster was also the NCAA doubles runner-up as a senior in 1991 with Kimberly Po. She is one of only five four-time All-Americans in UCLA women's tennis history.