Women's Tennis Opens Pac-10 Season This Friday

March 8, 2006

No. 16 Bruins Begin Pac-10 Play This Friday . . .
The 16th-ranked UCLA women's tennis team (7-2) opens up Pac-10 play at the Los Angeles Tennis Center this week, hosting Washington State (5-5) on Friday at 1:30 p.m. and Washington (1-7) on Saturday at Noon. Although the Bruins have already faced several conference teams during the early part of the season, these matches will be the first two that will count in the Pac-10 standings. Saturday's match with Washington is part of a double-header with the UCLA men's team, which will host No. 7 Baylor at 5:00 p.m. Live scoring for all home matches at the LATC can be accessed at http://www.uclabruins.com. All regular season home matches are free to the public.

Cal Poly Match Moved to April 19 . . .
With rain in the Los Angeles Area last week, UCLA decided to move Friday's scheduled match with Cal Poly to later in the year. The match, which will mark the first-ever meeting between the two teams, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 19 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center beginning at 1:30 p.m.

UCLA in the Fila/ITA Rankings . . .
UCLA checks in at No. 16 in the first team computer rankings released by the ITA on Tuesday. Individual rankings will be released again on Wednesday. UCLA currently has five singles players and one doubles teams listed in the individual rankings. Leading the way in singles is No. 33 Laura Gordon. She is followed by No. 68 Alex McGoodwin, No. 76 Riza Zalameda, No. 79 Tracy Lin and No. 100 Ashley Joelson. Gordon and Zalameda check in at No. 17 in doubles. Team rankings will be released again on Mar. 14.

Top-10 Victories . . .
Tracy Lin and Laura Gordon are the only two Bruin players who have posted wins over top-10 opponents this season. Lin owns the highest ranked victory of the year, defeating No. 3 Amanda Fink of USC, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 in the round of 16 at the Freeman Memorial Championships in Las Vegas. Gordon, on the other hand, is the only player to have defeated two top-10 players, as she knocked Stanford's No. 4 Alice Barnes and No. 10 Theresa Logar, en route to the finals in Las Vegas. Both Lin and Gordon lead the Bruins with five ranked wins each.

Head Coach Stella Sampras Webster . . .
Stella Sampras Webster is in her 10th season as the head coach of the UCLA women's tennis team. She owns a career record of 157-85 (.649). In her first nine seasons at UCLA, Sampras Webster guided the Bruins to eight top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, including five top-5 showings (1997, 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2004). In 2004, she led UCLA to the NCAA Finals for the first time since 1991. It also marked the first time since 1991 that the Bruins surpassed the 20-win mark, finishing with a 21-8 overall record.

Fila/ITA Rankings (3/7)
1. Stanford
2. Notre Dame
3. North Carolina
4. Northwestern
5. USC
6. Florida
7. Duke
8. Cal
9. Harvard
10. Texas
11. Baylor
12. Vanderbilt
13. Miami
14. Wake Forest
15. Georgia Tech
16. UCLA
17. Pepperdine
18. VCU
19. South Carolina
20. William & Mary
21. ASU
22. BYU
23. Michigan
24. Oregon
25. Long Beach St.