Four Bruins will travel to the second-to-last tournament of the fall season.
Freshman Sasha Vagramov, sophomore Taylor Johnson, junior Annette Goulak and junior Abi Altick of UCLA women’s tennis will travel to Rolling Hills Estates, California, for the Jack Kramer Club Collegiate Invitational starting Oct. 31. This is the Bruins ninth straight season sending at least one representative to Jack Kramer Tennis Club.
The Kramer Classic will mark the second tournament of the fall for Altick and the third for each of the other three Bruins. Vagramov, Johnson and Goulak all previously competed in the Women’s Collegiate Invitational and ITA Regional Championships in October, while Altick only took part in the ITA Regional Championships.
UCLA will have three seeded singles players who do not have first round matches, while Johnson is unseeded and will take on UC Irvine’s Halla Alajeely in the first round.
Because only 39 players are competing in the six-round, 64-spot draw, multiple unseeded players will also automatically advance to the second round. Thus each of Vagramov, Goulak and Altick has her second round opponents determined.
Vagramov will take on UC Irvine’s Stephanie Nguyen in her first round match, while Goulak will play Shakhnoza Khatamova of UCSB, only needing three wins to reach her second quarterfinal as a Bruin. Altick enters the tournament ranked as the preseason No. 70 singles player by the ITA, and will take on the third Anteater of UCLA’s opening round, Jenna Schlatter.
Altick and Johnson will not be playing in the doubles draw together, although the two reached the finals of the ITA Regional Championships before falling to a fellow Bruin team of Goulak and freshman Abbey Forbes. Altick and Johnson reached a season-high doubles ranking of No. 82 while playing the team’s last seven matches together, and clinched the Bruins’ doubles point against No. 1 North Carolina in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships.
Vagramov and Goulak will be paired up in doubles for the first time this season, both having played with two different partners already this fall. Goulak is 7-0 in doubles this fall season including winning the previous tournament with Forbes, while Vagramov is 3-2 thus far.
The duo enters as the No. 1 seed in the 18-team bracket, and will take on Marymount’s Hailey Mcnall and Miah Webb in the second round after an automatic first-round bye.
After the Kramer Classic ends Sunday, UCLA only has one more tournament on their fall schedule – the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships held in Newport Beach, California.