UCLA Captures USTA/ITA National Men's Team Indoor Tennis Championships
Feb. 18, 2001
SEATTLE - Third-ranked UCLA topped No. 1 Stanford 4-2 today to capturethe USTA/ITA National Men's Team Tennis Indoor Championships at theUniversity of Washington's Nordstrom Tennis Center.
UCLA's (8-0) title is its seventh at this event and it is the 18thstraight California school to win the nation's premier collegiate indoor event.The Bruins have won six of their titles since '91 and UCLA and Stanford (7-1)are the only schools to win this tournament since '90. UCLA's last title came in'99 -- the last time it was in Seattle.
'(The USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships) and the NCAAs are thetwo things we work for each season,' UCLA coach Billy Martin said. 'I'mreally proud of my guys -- it's always a battle against Stanford.'
UCLA's Jean-Julien Rojer upset Stanford's NCAA champ Alex Kim 2-6, 6-4,6-4 at No. 1 singles to clinch the win. Rojer was down two service breaks at3-0 in the third set, but came back to win six of the last seven games. Kimsaved three match points at 5-4, but Rojer broke for the win.
'Alex was really in control of the match and Julien just fought back,'UCLA's Martin said. 'It was one of those matches where Alex just had a littlebit of a lapse at the wrong time. I really thought Alex had it in the bag at3-0, up to breaks in the third set. But at 3-3 Julien sensed he could win thematch and he started to be more aggressive in the last five or six games.'
Rojer has covered a lot of ground this week. Last weekend Rojer won threematches to lead the Netherlands-Antilles to a first round victory overCosta Rica, 3-2 in Davis Cup play.
Stanford was looking for its 12th indoor title today and falls to 11-4all-time in the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor finals.
Stanford and UCLA will face each other again on April 6 in Los Angeles.Stanford has won 36 of its last 38 matches, with both losses coming toUCLA. TCU's Jimmy Haney received the USTA Sportsmanship Award, voted on by the16 participating coaches for displaying outstanding sportsmanship andexemplifying the spirit of college tennis during the course of thetournament.
Sunday's results at the USTA/ITA National Men's Team Indoor TennisChampionships in Seattle:
(3) UCLA 4, (1) Stanford 2
Doubles1.Jean-Noel Grinda/Jean-Julien Rojer, UCLA def. Alex Kim/K.J.Hippensteel, Stanford, 8-52.David Martin/Scott Lipsky, Stanford def. Marcin Matkowski/TravisRettenmaier, UCLA, 8-33.Tobia Clemens/Lassi Ketola, UCLA def. Ryan Haviland/Carter Morris,Stanford, 8-6(doubles wins two of three doubles for one point)
Singles 1. Rojer, UCLA def. Kim, Stanford, 2-6, 6-4, 6-42. Hippensteel, Stanford def. Grinda, UCLA, 6-4, 6-43. Clemens, UCLA def. Martin, Stanford, 7-5, 6-24. Haviland, Stanford vs. Matkowski, UCLA, suspended5. Erfan Djahangiri, UCLA def. Ali Ansari, Stanford, 7-5, 6-46. Lipsky, Stanford vs. Rettenmaier, UCLA
Note: UCLA is No. 3 in country, incorrectly listed as No. 4 inyesterday'srelease.