The 20th-ranked UCLA women’s tennis team is set to start NCAA Championships play Friday, when it meets Texas Tech at 11 a.m. PT in Durham, N.C. The Bruins (13-7, 6-4 Pac-12) take on the Red Raiders (14-10, 4-5 Big 12) for the third time in the history of the programs. They split the previous results. Host and seventh-ranked Duke (22-4, 11-2 ACC) takes on William & Mary (15-5, 5-0 CAA) in the day’s second match, beginning at 2 p.m. PT. The winners clash Saturday at 2 p.m. PT for a spot in the superregional round.
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 41st
Overall Won-Lost Record: 94-38
Appearances Unseeded: Sixth
Round of 16 Appearances (Last): 36 (2021)
Quarterfinal Round Appearances (Last): 26 (2021)
Semifinal Round Appearances (Last): 15 (2015)
Final Round Appearances (Last): 9 (2015)
NCAA Championships: 2 (2008, 2014)
For all information on NCAA first- and second-round matches, visit Duke’s NCAA Tournament Central HERE. Live video from Ambler Tennis Stadium is available HERE, while live scoring can be found HERE.
UCLA IN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
UCLA women’s tennis is one of two programs (Stanford) to qualify for the NCAA Championships each year since the tournament format was adopted, stretching the run to 41 seasons with its latest selection. Head coach Stella Sampras Webster‘s teams have claimed each of the program’s NCAA titles during that time, taking the top spots in 2008 and 2014. The Bruins will attempt to improve upon a 94-38 all-time record in NCAA play. UCLA and Texas Tech have met twice before, splitting decisions. On May 8, 2021, the Bruins dealt the Red Raiders a 4-0 loss in the second round of the NCAA tournament at Los Angeles Tennis Center. Abbey Forbes clinched the victory for fourth-seeded UCLA, which also received singles wins from Annette Goulak and Vivian Wolff after collecting the doubles point.
TRIO LAUDED IN PAC-12 YEAR-END AWARDS
Three Bruins were honored Thursday by the Pac-12, which announced its postseason award winners and All-Conference Teams. The combination of Kimmi Hance and Elise Wagle was voted Doubles Team of the Year. Fangran Tian was tabbed the league’s Freshman/Newcomer of the Year. Each of the three student-athletes also received All-Conference…
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