Bruins Head to Ojai
April 24, 2002
This Week . . .
Already with a Pac-10 team championship under its belt, the No. 2-ranked UCLA men's tennis squad will look to add a few individual honors this week as the Bruins travel to Ojai, Calif. for the Pac-10 Championships. Tobias Clemens, Rodrigo Grilli, Jean-Julien Rojer and Marcin Matkowski are all entered in the singles main draw at the Pac-10s. Matkowski and Rojer are the No. 1 seeded team in the main doubles draw and join the Bruin duo of Clemens and Lassi Ketola in that same bracket. Top-seeded Erfan Djahangiri, Ketola, Alberto Francis and Nick Kreiss all make up UCLA's entrants in the Pac-10 Invitational draw. The duo of Francis and Grilli are the top-seeded doubles team in that draw. Updated draws can be found at the following address www.ojaitourney.org.
UCLA's History at Ojai . . .
Fritz Bissell was the last Bruin to win a Pac-10 Singles Championship, as he claimed the title back in 1993 over USC's David Ekerot. Prior to that, 15 UCLA players had claimed the singles title since 1954, including three in a row from 1988-90. Jean-Noel Grinda and Jong-Min Lee took home the Bruins' last doubles title in 1999 defeating teammates Jason Cook and Brandon Kramer. In all, 19 UCLA doubles teams have won since 1954.
Bruins Claim First Pac-10 Team Title Since 1999 . . .
UCLA finished with a 6-1 record in Pac-10 play this season to claim its first conference title since sharing that honor with Stanford back in 1999. Three teams finished in a tie for second place as Stanford, USC and Cal all finished with 5-2 records.
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, as Marcin Matkowski (#21), Rodrigo Grilli (#48) and Jean-Julien Rojer (#85) round out the rest. In doubles, Matkowski and Rojer are the No. 1 team in the nation, followed by Clemens and Lassi Ketola at No. 55. 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. 2 behind top-ranked Georgia. New team and individual rankings will be released on May 1.
Martin Gets No. 200 Against Washington . . .
Head coach Billy Martin recorded the 200th victory of his career on Apr. 12 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 202-39. He entered this year, his ninth as head coach, with a career record of 183-35.