No. 2 Men's Tennis Heads to Pacific Northwest
April 8, 2002
This Week . . .
Following a rather disappointing weekend against the Bay Area schools, the UCLA men's tennis team looks to rebound this week when it travels to the Pacific Northwest for matches against Washington (4/12) and Oregon (4/13). UCLA (16-3, 3-0 Pac-10) leads the all-time series with Washington, 16-1 and has never lost to the Ducks, posting an 8-0 lifetime record. Unlike last weekend's matches with Cal and Stanford, both of this week's matches will count in the Pac-10 Standings.
Clemens Approaching 30-Win Club . . .
With an overall singles record of 27-5, Bruin sophomore Tobias Clemens is just three wins shy of reaching the 30-win plateau. Clemens finished last season with a 19-9 overall record, but missed six weeks of the season with an ankle injury. Erfan Djahangiri was the only Bruin to reach 30 wins last year, finishing with a 31-10 overall record.
Bruins Back at Full-Strength . . .
In both losses to Cal and Stanford, UCLA was missing three very important players due to various reasons. Jean-Julien Rojer was off playing Davis Cup in Guatemala for his country Netherlands-Antilles, Alberto Francis was back home in Texas to be with this father who had surgery and Rodrigo Grilli was nursing an injury. Rojer and Francis are back this week, while Grilli, who was able to rest last weekend, will likely play this Friday.
Bruins Still in Contention for Pac-10 Title . . .
Fortunately for UCLA, both losses to Cal and Stanford last weekend did not count in the Pac-10 standings. The Pac-10 Conference has designated that only the second match between two teams will count in the standings, thus keeping UCLA's Pac-10 record at 3-0. Both matches will count, however when the Bruins travel to the Bay Area in two weeks. Since the Bruins will only face Washington and Oregon once this year, this weekend's matches will count in the standings.
Martin Goes for No. 200 . . .
When the Bruins take the court against Washington this Friday, head coach Billy Martin will be aiming for the 200th victory of his career. Martin currently owns a career record of 199-38 and is in his ninth season as head coach. He entered this year with a record of 183-35, giving him an average of 23 victories a year.
ITA Rankings (4/3)1. Georgia2. UCLA3. Illinois4. Pepperdine5. Mississippi6. Stanford7. Baylor8. Notre Dame9. Kentucky10. Florida11. Texas12. Texas A&M13. Duke14. Ohio State15. Tennessee16. VCU17. Auburn18. Arkansas19. USC20. Minnesota
Doubles#2 - Matkowski/Rojer#39 - Clemens/Ketola