No. 7 Women's Tennis Hits the Desert
Feb. 20, 2008
No. 7 UCLA Heads to the Desert
The seventh-ranked UCLA women's tennis team (7-1) heads to Arizona this week for a pair of matches against No. 18 Arizona State (6-0) on Friday at 1:00 p.m., and Arizona (5-3) on Saturday at Noon. Although the Bruins are facing two conference opponents, this weekend's matches will not count in the Pac-10 standings (only the second meeting between two conference teams counts as a Pac-10 match). UCLA has dominated the all-time series with both teams, owning a 53-8 record against Arizona, and a 45-15 record against Arizona State.
Bruins Take Two Non-Conference Wins
UCLA bounced back strong following its trip to the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors, as the Bruins posted a pair of non-conference wins at the Los Angeles Tennis Center last week. UCLA began the week with an impressive 7-0 victory over Loyola Marymount on Wednesday. After sweeping the doubles, the Bruins won all six singles matches in straight sets. UCLA registered another impressive win on Friday, taking a 5-2 victory over No. 12 Fresno State. With the dual match tied at 2-2, the Bruins rallied to take wins at court Nos. 3, 4 and 5 to pull off the win. At No. 12, Fresno State was the highest ranked opponent UCLA has faced this year.
Zalameda Into Top 10
Bruin senior Riza Zalameda made a significant jump in the singles rankings this week, moving from No. 25 to No. 10 in the latest ITA Rankings released on Wednesday. Zalameda owns a 14-5 overall record and is also 5-2 in dual-match play. Two other Bruins who are ranked in singles this week are Andrea Remynse (#27) and Yasmin Schnack (#40). Zalameda and Schnack are the Bruins' highest ranked doubles team, checking in at No. 18. Three other Bruin doubles combinations are also ranked this week (#30 Tracy Lin/Zalameda, #49 Elizabeth Lumpkin/Stephanie Wetmore, and #51 Lin/Remynse).
ITA Team (Top 25)
1. Georgia Tech
t5. North Carolina
14. Fresno State
15. Notre Dame
16. William & Mary
18. Arizona State
19. Wake Forest
20. Florida State
Lumpkin Moves to 8-0, Becomes First 20-Match Winner
Senior Elizabeth Lumpkin became the first Bruin player to reach the 20-win mark in singles play this season when she defeated Fresno State's Jacqueline Haskett, 7-5, 6-2 in a dual match last week. Lumpkin, who improved her overall record to 20-7, is also the only remaining player on the team to go undefeated in every dual match (8-0). She has played all of her matches at the bottom three positions, going 1-0 at No. 4, 5-0 at No. 5 and 2-0 at No. 6. Freshman Andrea Remynse will likely join Lumpkin in the 20-win club very soon, as she is 19-5 overall on the season.
Top Teams Collide Next Week
UCLA faces one of its most challenging weeks of the season next week, as the Bruins are scheduled to face No. 8 Baylor, No. 3 Stanford and No. 11 Cal in the span of five days. If there is any good news in that scenario it's that the Bruins get to play all three matches at home. UCLA's meeting with Baylor on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. is actually a make-up match, as rain forced the postponement of the originally scheduled Jan. 25 showdown. UCLA will then host Stanford on Friday at 1:30 p.m., and Cal on Saturday at Noon.
Freshman Andrea Remynse leads the Bruins in victories over ranked opponents, as she takes an 8-3 record against ranked players into the week. The highest ranked opponent she has beaten this season is actually teammate Yasmin Schnack (No. 28 at the time). Riza Zalameda and Tracy Lin follow Remynse, as both have five ranked wins on the year.
Zalameda Leads at No. 1 Doubles
Injuries to a number of key players this season have forced the Bruins to change their lineup on more than a few occasions. This has especially impacted doubles play, as UCLA has featured nine different doubles teams in just eight dual matches. One bright spot has been the play of senior Riza Zalameda, who owns a 6-2 dual-match record at the No. 1 position with four different partners. Zalameda, a three-time All-American in doubles, is 3-1 with Yasmin Schnack, 1-0 with Tracy Lin, 1-0 with Elizabeth Lumpkin, and 1-1 with Anna-Viktoria Lind. When healthy, Schnack is Zalameda's normal partner, as the duo is currently ranked No. 18 in the country.
Fans unable to attend any home match at the Los Angeles Tennis Center can follow the action live at UCLA's official website: www.uclabruins.com. The live stats can be accessed either by going to the women's tennis schedule or by clicking on the 'Live Stats' link located on the main women's tennis page.
Sampras Webster Begins 12th Season
UCLA head coach Stella Sampras Webster is in her 12th season at the helm of the Bruin women's tennis program. Sampras Webster, who has guided the Bruins to a pair of appearances in the NCAA Final (2004 and 2007), owns a 193-99 overall coaching record. She has also led UCLA to six top-five finishes at the NCAA Championships.