UCLA Captures USTA/ITA National Men's Team Indoor Tennis Championships
Feb. 18, 2001
SEATTLE, Wash - Third-ranked UCLA topped No. 1 Stanford 4-2 today to capture the USTA/ITA National Men's Team Tennis Indoor Championships at the University of Washington's Nordstrom Tennis Center.
UCLA's (8-0) title is its seventh at this event and it is the 18th straight 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 the two things we work for each season,' UCLA coach Billy Martin said. 'I'm really 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 at 3-0 in the third set, but came back to win six of the last seven games. Kim saved 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 little bit of a lapse at the wrong time. I really thought Alex had it in the bag at 3-0, up to breaks in the third set. But at 3-3 Julien sensed he could win the match 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 three matches to lead the Netherlands-Antilles to a first round victory over CostaRica, 3-2 in Davis Cup play. Stanford was looking for its 12th indoor title today and falls to 11-4 all-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 to UCLA.
TCU's Jimmy Haney received the USTA Sportsmanship Award, voted on by the 16 participating coaches for displaying outstanding sportsmanship and exemplifying the spirit of college tennis during the course of the tournament.
The Bruins return to action on Saturday, Feb. 24 to play host to University of Nevada, Las Vegas at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The match is scheduled to begin at noon.
Sunday's results at the USTA/ITA National Men's Team Indoor Tennis Championships in Seattle:
(3) UCLA 4, (1) Stanford 2
1. Rojer, UCLA def. Kim, Stanford, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
2. Hippensteel, Stanford def. Grinda, UCLA, 6-4, 6-4
3. Clemens, UCLA def. Martin, Stanford, 7-5, 6-2
4. Haviland, Stanford vs. Matkowski, UCLA, suspended
5. Erfan Djahangiri, UCLA def. Ali Ansari, Stanford, 7-5, 6-4
6. Lipsky, Stanford vs. Rettenmaier, UCLA, suspended