No. 10 UCLA Travels to No. 8 USC This Thursday

March 11, 2008

No. 10 Bruins and No. 8 Women of Troy Face Off This Thursday
The No. 10 UCLA women's tennis team (11-4; 2-0 Pac-10) plays one of its biggest matches of the season this week, traveling across town to take on No. 8 USC (11-3; 2-0 Pac-10) this Thursday at 1:30 p.m. Although the match will not count in the Pac-10 Conference standings (that match is on Apr. 18 at UCLA), the winner will receive valuable points in the race for the Lexus Gauntlet Trophy. USC leads the all-time series between the two schools 43-35. Live stats and live video for Thursday's match can be accessed at USC's website by clicking HERE

Last Year Versus USC
The Bruins and Women of Troy played two exciting matches in 2007, as each school won on the other team's home courts. USC took the first meeting, 4-3, at UCLA on Mar. 8, as Sarah Fansler downed Tracy Lin at No. 2 singles to clinch the win. The Bruins returned the favor in the conference matchup on Apr. 21 at USC when Ashley Joelson defeated Dianne Matias, 7-6 in the third set of their match at court No. 4, giving UCLA a 4-3 win.

The Race for the Lexus Gauntlet Trophy
Despite stringing together three consecutive Gauntlet victories for the first time in this season, UCLA still trails USC, 50-22.5 in the head-to-head battle for college sports supremacy in Los Angeles. USC remains just 7.5 points shy of clinching the 150-pound, pewter-gilded trophy presented by the Southern California Lexus Dealers. However, nearly 40 of the 110 points at stake in the rivalry competition remain up for grabs. The battle for the Lexus Gauntlet Trophy is a season-long competition between both schools' athletic programs.

Bruins Begin Pac-10 Season
Although the Bruins had already faced four Pac-10 schools heading into last week, it wasn't until recent wins over Washington State and Washington that UCLA was given credit in the conference standings. The way the Pac-10 schedule is structured, teams only get credit for a win or a loss in the Pac-10 if it is the second meeting between two teams in a season. Because UCLA only plays Washington, Washington State and Oregon once a year, every meeting counts in the standings. The Bruins posted 7-0 wins over both schools last weekend at the LATC.

Zalameda Wins Opener at Indian Wells
Bruin senior Riza Zalameda has been in Indian Wells, Calif. this week competing in the singles qualifying draw for the WTA Tour's Pacific Life Open. Zalameda, a wild card entry into the qualifying after winning the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in January, won her first-round match on Monday with a 6-7(1), 7-5, 7-5 victory over No. 127 Julia Goerges of Germany. She is scheduled to face Russia's Alla Kudryavtseva (rank No. 101) later on Tuesday. If she wins that match, she will qualify for the 128-player main draw which begins on Wednesday. The Pacific Life Open website is located HERE

Bruins Check in at No. 10 Nationally
The Bruins dropped one spot this week, moving from No. 9 to No. 10 in the latest team rankings released on Tuesday. Individually, five Bruin players are currently ranked in singles, headlined by senior Riza Zalameda at No. 7. She is followed by No. 36 Andrea Remynse, No. 46 Yasmin Schnack, No. 56 Elizabeth Lumpkin and No. 58 Tracy Lin. In doubles, Zalameda is ranked with both Tracy Lin (15th) and Yasmin Schnack (18th). Lin is also ranked with Remynse (No. 43). Lumpkin and Stephanie Wetmore are ranked No. 51 this week.

ITA Team Rankings (Mar. 11)
1. Northwestern
2. Georgia Tech
3. Florida
4. Stanford
5. Baylor
6. Georgia
7. California
8. USC
9. Vanderbilt
10. UCLA
11. North Carolina
12. Miami
13. Duke
14. ASU
15. TCU
16. Florida State
17. Fresno State
18. Texas
19. Denver
20. Tennessee
21. LSU
22. Arkansas
23. Notre Dame
24. Kentucky
25. Pepperdine

Schnack, McGoodwin Easing Back into Bruin Lineup
Two players who have been missing for much of the season due to injury have made successful returns to the lineup in recent weeks. Yasmin Schnack, who had not played since the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors back on Feb. 7, was inserted into the doubles lineup against Cal on Mar. 1. She teamed with Ashley Joelson to pick up an 8-2 win at the No. 3 position. She also played her first singles match in quite some time last Saturday, winning at court No. 4 in the Bruins' 7-0 victory over Washington. Like Schnack, senior Alex McGoodwin saw her first action since the Indoors recently, as she teamed with Joelson to post a victory at No. 3 doubles in the win over Washington.

Lumpkin Keeps Winning Streak Alive
Elizabeth Lumpkin is determined to make her final season at UCLA one to remember, as the senior from Naperville, Ill., takes a perfect 15-0 dual-match singles record into this week's showdown with USC. Lumpkin, who was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week last week after defeating three ranked opponents, owns an impressive 27-7 overall singles record this season. She is currently listed at No. 56 in singles and No. 51 in doubles (w/Stephanie Wetmore) in the latest ITA Rankings.

Head Coach Stella Sampras Webster
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 197-102 overall coaching record. She has also led UCLA to six top-five finishes at the NCAA Championships.

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