Top-Ranked UCLA Wraps Up Home Schedule This Week
April 9, 2001
This Week ... Bruins Take On Three Opponents
The Bruins will conclude their 2001 homestand this week against College Of The Desert, Washington and Oregon. On Wednesday (Apr. 11) the Bruins will take on the College Of The Desert, which was added to the schedule several weeks ago, at 2:30 pm. On Friday (Apr. 13), UCLA will return to Pac-10 action to face Washington at 1:30 pm. The following day (Apr. 14), the Bruins will host Oregon in the final contest of the 2001 regular season. Saturday's contest, which is scheduled to begin at noon, is also senior day. Seniors Jean-Noel Grinda and Chris Sands will be honored before the beginning of the match.
Bruins In ITA National Rankings...
The Bruins continued to be the top-ranked team in the nation in the latest ITA rankings released on Mar. 21. UCLA received 82.8 points based on the ITA point-per-match computer formula which is based on a points-per-match ranking system that is implemented in mid-March. Texas Christian is second with 75 points, followed by Duke (70.94), Texas A&M (70.56), and Georgia (62.31) to round out the top five.
In individual rankings released on April 6, Jean-Julien Rojer fell several places and is now ranked No. 9 in singles. Other Bruins ranked nationally include: Tobias Clemens, No. 48, Jean-Noel Grinda No. 78, and Erfan Djahangiri, No. 88. Two Bruins moved back into the rankings, Travis Rettenmaier is No. 90 and Lassi Ketola is slated at No. 94.
In doubles, two teams made the top 50. The tandem of Grinda and Rojer are at No. 13 and Matkowski and Rettenmaier is ranked No. 26.
The top-ranked UCLA Bruins tennis team won two-out of three matches. The Bruins had little trouble with Oxford and went on to a 7-0 victory. Despite playing without two of their top players (Rojer and Clemens did not play), the Bruins dropped a heartbreaking 4-3 decision to Stanford on Friday (Apr. 7) The Bruins bounced back the following day and defeated California 5-2. Also Clemens made an appearance in the starting lineup after being out since the `SC contest on March 6. Clemens teamed with Grinda to defeat Cal's Kowalczyk and Fruttero, 8-3.
Scouting This Week's Opponents...
Friday's match will be first time this season the squads have squared off and the 17th time overall with UCLA leading the all-time series 15-1. The No. 12 Huskies are led by Matt Hanlin and Andrej Biziak, who play at No. and No. 2, respectively. In doubles, the tandem of Jeremy Berman and Andy Posavac play at the No. position. Washington is coming off a 4-3 victory over Arizona State last Saturday (Apr. 7). The Huskies are 17-5 overall and 2-2 in Pac-10 action.
The Oregon Ducks will face the Bruins for the first time this season on Saturday (Apr. 14) and the eighth time overall. The Bruins hold an 7-0 advantage in the all-time series. In singles, the Ducks will rely on the services of Oded Teig at No. 1. In doubles, David Becker and Buck Mink are the Ducks top-ranked team. Oregon sports a 12-6 overall record and has yet picked up a victory in Pac-10 action (0-4).
After the week's matches, the Bruins will close out the regular season on the road. UCLA will take on California next Friday (Apr. 20) and Stanford the following day. Friday's match will begin at 1:30, while Saturday's regular season finale will begin at noon.