Bruins Aiming for Second Straight Pac-10 Title
April 14, 2003
Bruins Look to Make it Two in a Row . . .
Defending Pac-10 Champion UCLA looks to go back-to-back this week, as the fourth-ranked Bruins (19-2; 5-0 Pac-10) round out the regular season at home against No. 7 Stanford (18-3; 5-0 Pac-10) on Friday and No. 3 Cal (17-3; 3-1 Pac-10) on Saturday. Both the Bruins and Cardinal enter the week at 5-0 in conference action, giving the winner of Friday's match at least a share of the Pac-10 title. Cal's one loss came against Stanford back on April 8.
UCLA Dominates Oregon, No. 15 Washington . . .
The Bruins are coming off one of their most successful weekends of the season after dropping just one point in victories over Oregon and No. 15 Washington last week. On Friday, UCLA defeated Oregon, 6-1 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The Bruins followed that up with a 7-0 shutout over the Huskies, winning all six singles matches in straight sets.
Lam Joins 30-Win Club . . .
Bruin sophomore Chris Lam is the first player to register 30 singles victories this season. Lam currently owns a 30-6 overall record and is 15-2 in dual-match play, seeing most of his time at the Nos. 4 and 5 positions. Lam was also the first Bruin to win 20 matches this season, achieving that feat back on Feb. 7. Junior Tobias Clemens is currently 28-4 overall (16-2 duals) and could join Lam in the 30-win club with a pair of victories this weekend.
Clemens Leads Bruins in ITA Individual Rankings . . .
Fifth-ranked Tobias Clemens leads the way as a total of five Bruin players are ranked in singles according to the latest ITA individual rankings released on April 9. Following Clemens were Chris Lam (#35), Marcin Matkowski (#40), Erfan Djahangiri (#64) and Rodrigo Grilli (#120). Lassi Ketola was ranked No. 99 until last week. The Bruins also have two teams ranked in doubles, as Grilli/Matkowski check in at No. 22 and Clemens/Ketola are at No. 38. New individual rankings will not be released until April 23.
Bruins Rise to No. 4 Nationally . . .
In the latest computer rankings released on April 9, UCLA checked in at No. 4 in the country, jumping two spots from the previous week. The top two remained the same, with Illinois holding on to the No. 1 spot and Florida remaining at No. 2. Cal and Mississippi are the other two teams in the top-5. New team rankings are released every Wednesday.
ITA Top-25 (4/9/03)1. Illinois2. Florida3. California4. UCLA5. Mississippi6. Baylor7. Stanford8. Vanderbilt9. Duke10. Texas A&M11. Minnesota12. Kentucky13. South Carolina14. Alabama15. Washington16. Texas17. VCU18. LSU19. Tulane20. Georgia21. Wake Forest22. Auburn23. USC24. Ohio State25. Georgia Tech
Clemens Dominating Top Spot for UCLA . . .
With a 28-4 overall record, Bruin junior Tobias Clemens owns the best winning percentage on the team at .866. What's even more impressive is the fact that he's done it against the top competition in the country. He is 13-2 against ranked opponents and owns a 16-2 record in dual-match play. He has won eight-straight matches, including 14 of his last 15.
UCLA Home Matches Live Via the Internet . . .
All UCLA home matches can be followed live at UCLA's official athletic website www.uclabruins.com. Fans can access the matches by clicking on the 'Live Stats' link in the Events Calendar on the front page or by going into the men's tennis schedule.
Head Coach Billy Martin . . .
The 1996 ITA National Coach of the Year and UCLA's 1975 NCAA singles champion, Billy Martin, owns a 225-42 (.843) record in his 10th season as head coach at UCLA. He has led the Bruins into the NCAA Tournament in each of his nine seasons, guiding the team to six top-4 finishes, including trips to the finals in 1996 and '99. UCLA has also won four Pac-10 titles during his tenure. Inducted into the ITA Tennis Hall of Fame in 1996, Martin's playing career is full of highlights. To this very day he is still regarded as one of the best junior players in the history of the sport. He captured the 1973 and '74 singles titles at the Junior Wimbledon, Junior U.S. Open and Junior Orange Bowl tournaments. Just this past year, Inside Tennis Magazine ran an article that named him 'Junior Player of the Century.'
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