Pac-10 Men and Women Head to Ojai for Tennis Championships

April 22, 2003

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PACIFIC-10 INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Pac-10's nine women's teams and eight men's teams head to Ojai, Calif., Thurs., April 24 through Sun., April 27, to decide the league's singles and doubles champions. The 32-player men's singles draw shall consist of four student-athletes from each school, and the 16-team doubles draw shall consist of two doubles teams from each school. For the women, the 32-player singles draw shall consist of three player from each of the nine schools that sponsor women's tennis, with five additional competitors selected by a committee of coaches, based upon the participants record. The 16-team doubles draw will have one doubles team from each school and seven additional teams selected by the committee, based upon the participants record.

WHAT & WHERE: Pac-10 competition will be held in conjunction with the 103rd Annual Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament. The Pac-10 men will compete at Libbey Park in Ojai for all rounds. The Pac-10 women will play at the Ojai Valley Inn Tennis Center Thurs., April 24, and at Libbey Park on Fri., April 25. All semifinal and final matches on Sat., April 26 and Sun., April 27 are at Libbey Park. Matches begin at 8 a.m., with two rounds of singles on opening day. One round of singles and two rounds of doubles will be played on Friday. Semifinals and finals will be held at a time yet to be determined.

OJAI HISTORY: The Ojai, as it is known in tennis circles, is the oldest amateur tennis tournament in the United States and has been interrupted only five years since its inception - in 1924 by hoof and mouth disease and four years during World War II. Pac-10 schools have competed in intercollegiate events in 91 of The Ojai's 101 tournaments beginning in 1911. Championship medals are awarded in both singles and doubles and the winner's names are inscribed on permanent trophies displayed each year at the tournament. Last year's singles winners were UCLA's Rodrigo Grilli and Stanford's Gabriela Lastra. Doubles winners were UCLA's Marcin Matkowski and Jean-Julien Rojer on the men's side and Christina Fusano and Raquel Kops-Jones of California for the women.

MEDIA CONTACT: Gerry Roe will serve as the Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament coordinator. All media requests can be forwarded to her at (805) 646-3611. During tennis competition, Roe can be reached at the Ojai Tournament desk, (805) 646-7241. Results will be posted at www.ojaitourney.org, as well as on the Pac-10 website: www.pac-10.org.

PAC-10 INDIVIDUAL AWARDS: Individual awards, including the Player of the Year, Doubles Team of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Coach of the Year, will be awarded after the conclusion of the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai and released from the Conference office on Tues., May 6.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: The NCAA Men's Tennis Regionals are May 10-11 on campus sites, and the Men's Tennis Championships are in Athens, Ga. on May 17-26. The NCAA Women's Tennis Regionals are May 9-11 on campus sites, with the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships held in Gainesville, Fla., on May 15-24.

PAC-10 MEN: The Pac-10 men hold down 21 spots in the Top-115 men's singles list in the April 9 edition of the Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings. All eight Conference teams are represented by individuals, with UCLA junior Tobias Clemens ranked No. 5 in the nation. The Bruins leads the way with five individuals in the Top-115, while Stanford and have four ranked players.

ARIZONA: No. 112 Carl Hagman (Jr.)ARIZONA STATE: No. 81 Pim Van Mele (So.); No. 106 Chris Letcher (Fr.)CALIFORNIA: No. 33 Conor Niland (So.); No. 58 Robert Kowalczyk (Sr.); No. 111 Or Dekel (Fr.); No. 125 Mik Ledvonova (So.)OREGON: No. 63 Manuel Kost (So.)STANFORD: No. 12 David Martin (Sr.); No. 43 KC Corkery (Fr.); No. 61 Scott Lipsky (Sr.); No. 76 Sam Warburg (So.)UCLA: No. 5 Tobias Clemens (Jr.); No. 35 Chris Lam (So.); No. 40 Marcin Matkowski (Jr.); No. 64 Erfan Djahangiri (Sr.); No. 120 Rodrigo Grilli (Sr.)USC: No. 53 Prakash Amritraj (So.); No. 115 Johan BergWASHINGTON: No. 10 Alex Vlaski (So.); No. 26 Matt Hanlin (Sr.)

In doubles, Pac-10 men's teams occupy seven spots among the Top-60, with a ranked duo representative of six different schools. The Bruins lead the way with two ranked teams. The Cardinal tandem of Scott Lipsky and David Martin is the second highest ranked doubles duo in the nation.

ARIZONA STATE: No. 24 Olivier Charroin/Chris StewartCALIFORNIA: No. 10 Robert Kowalczyk/Steve BerkeSTANFORD: No. 2 Scott Lipsky/David MartinUCLA: No. 22 Marcin Matkowski/Rodrigo Grilli; No. 38 Tobias Clemens/Lassi KetolaUSC: No. 12 Daniel Langre/Prakash AmritrajWASHINGTON: No. 33 Ari Strasberg/Alex Vlaski

PAC-10 WOMEN: The Pac-10 women hold down 31 spots on the Top-125 singles list in the April 9 edition of the Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings. All nine Conference teams are represented by individuals, with freshman Amber Liu of Stanford with the highest ranking at No. 4.

ARIZONA: No. 10 Emilie Scribot (Sr.); No. 50 Maja Mlakar (So.); No. 52 Dianne Hollands (So.)ARIZONA STATE: No. 11 Adria Engel (Sr.); No. 54 Dora Krstulovic (Jr.)CALIFORNIA: No. 7 Raquel Kops-Jones (Jr.); No. 31 Christina Fusano (Sr.); No. 53 Jieun Jacobs (Jr.); No. 97 Catherine Lynch (Jr.);OREGON: No. 17 Daria Panova (Fr.); No. 44 Courtney Nagle (So.)STANFORD: No. 4 Amber Liu (Fr.); No. 9 Alice Barnes (Fr.); No. 14 Lauren Barnikow (Jr.); No. 35 Erin Burdette (So.); No. 119 Emilia Anderson (Jr.); No. 122 Story Tweedie-YatesUCLA: No. 12 Sara Walker (Jr.); No. 23 Jackie Carleton (Fr.); No. 71 Susi Wild (Fr.); No. 77 Sarah Gregg (So.)USC: No. 5 Jewel Peterson (Jr.); No. 30 Luana Magnani (Fr.); No. 64 Maureen Diaz (Jr.); No. 120 Melissa Esmero (So.)WASHINGTON: No. 37 Dea Sumantri (Fr.); No. 47 Claire Carter (So.); No. 58 Darija Klaic (Jr.); No. 124 Erin Boisclair (Sr.)WASHINGTON STATE: No. 111 Lorena Arias (Jr.); No. 113 Orsolya Sallai (So.)

In doubles, Pac-10 women's teams occupy seven spots among the Top-60, all of which are duos from various schools. The Cardinal tandem of Lauren Barnikow and Erin Burdette is the top-ranked doubles team in the nation.

ARIZONA STATE: No. 44 Adria Engel/Lauren CoalilloCALIFORNIA: No. 3 Raquel Kops-Jones/Christina FusanoOREGON: No. 28 Courtney Nagle/Daria PanovaSTANFORD: No. 1 Lauren Barnikow/Erin BurdetteUCLA: No. 57 Feriel Esseghir/Jackie CarletonUSC: No. 19 Tiffany Brymer/Jewel PetersonWASHINGTON: No. 13 Claire Carter/Darija Klaic

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