No. 3 Bruins Aim For Pac-10 Title
April 15, 2002
Friday, April 19@ (6) Stanford (19-2, 5-0 Pac-10)Stanford, Calif. - 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 20@ (17) Cal (15-6, 3-2 Pac-10)Berkeley, Calif. - Noon
This Week . . .
The UCLA men's tennis team enters a crucial point in the season, as the 2002 Pac-10 champion will be crowned this weekend in the Bay Area. Both UCLA and Stanford own perfect 5-0 records while USC is on the outside looking in at 4-1. If the Bruins can defeat Stanford on Friday and Cal on Saturday, UCLA will win its first Pac-10 title since 1999. Even if the Bruins split this weekend, UCLA can still earn a share of the title depending on the result of other matches. Two weeks ago, a shorthanded Bruin squad lost to Cal, 4-3 and to Stanford, 5-2 in Los Angeles, however both of those matches did not count in the Pac-10 standings. This week, the Bruins will be at full-strength and eager to claim at least a share of the 2002 Pac-10 title.
Martin Gets No. 200 Against Washington . . .
UCLA head coach Billy Martin recorded the 200th victory of his career Friday when the Bruins defeated Washington, 5-2 in Seattle. He picked up No. 201 the following day against Oregon and currently owns a career record of 201-38. He entered this year, his ninth as head coach, with a career record of 183-35.
Clemens Approaching 30-Win Club . . .
With an overall singles record of 29-5, Bruin sophomore Tobias Clemens is just one win shy of reaching the 30-win club. 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. Three other Bruins that will likely surpass that number this year are Lassi Ketola (25-13), Marcin Matkowski (25-9) and Jean-Julien Rojer (22-11).
Bruins in the Omni Hotels Collegiate Rankings . . .
Led by Tobias Clemens at No. 10, the Bruins currently have four players ranked in the ITA singles rankings. Marcin Matkowski (#15), Rodrigo Grilli (#43) and (#102) Jean-Julien Rojer round out the rest. In doubles, No. 2-ranked Matkowski/Rojer have been ranked in the top-2 all season and held the No. 1 ranking from Dec. 11 - Mar. 6. Clemens and Lassi Ketola, who have played on and off for the last month and a half, are ranked No. 39 in the country. As a team, the Bruins have been ranked in the top-5 all season and held the nation's No. 1 ranking from Mar. 20 - 27. Currently, UCLA checks in at No. 3.
Omni Hotels Collegiate Top-201. Georgia2. Illinois3. UCLA4. Mississippi5. Pepperdine6. Stanford7. Notre Dame8. Tennessee9. Baylor10. USC11. Duke12. Texas13. Auburn14. Texas A&M15. Florida16. Kentucky17. Cal18. Alabama19. Ohio State20. VCU
Omni Hotels Singles & Doubles (4/3)
Singles#10 - Tobias Clemens#15 - Marcin Matkowski#43 - Rodrigo Grilli#102 - Jean-Julien Rojer
Doubles#2 - Matkowski/Rojer#39 - Clemens/Ketola