No. 2 Bruins Begin Dual-Match Season This Thursday

Jan. 18, 2005

Bruins Host Two Matches to Begin 2005 Dual-Match Season . . .
The No. 2-ranked UCLA men's tennis team (0-0) kicks off the 2005 dual-match season this week, hosting a pair of matches at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. Play gets underway this Thursday, as the Bruins welcome NAIA power Azusa Pacific to the LATC for a 1:30 p.m. match. That match will be followed by a Friday showdown with Pacific, also beginning at 1:30 p.m. UCLA has never played Azusa Pacific and owns a 2-0 all-time advantage over Pacific. All UCLA home matches are free to the public. Those fans unable to attend can follow the LIVE SCORING.

Pampoulov Survives All-Bruin Final at Sherwood Collegiate Cup . . .
Bruin senior Luben Pampoulov became the fourth UCLA player in as many years to capture the singles title at the Sherwood Collegiate Cup last weekend. Pampoulov, who was down 4-1 in the third set, defeated teammate Benjamin Kohlloeffel, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 on Monday to win the trophy. He follows former Bruin Tobias Clemens, who had won the title the three previous years. The Bruins' other highlight at Sherwood over the weekend was produced by sophomore Philipp Gruendler, who knocked off top-seeded Sam Warburg of Stanford, 7-5, 6-3 in the quarterfinals.

UCLA in the ITA Rankings . . .
UCLA begins the year ranked No. 2 behind defending NCAA Champion Baylor in the ITA Team Rankings released on Jan. 11. Florida, Georgia and Illinois round out the top-5. Individually, Benjamin Kohlloeffel is the highest ranked Bruin, checking in at No. 8 nationally. He is followed by No. 14 Luben Pampoulov, No. 39 Alberto Francis, No. 62 Chris Lam and No. 99 Kris Kwinta. In doubles, Francis and Kwinta are ranked sixth. The next team rankings will be released on Feb. 1. Individual rankings will not be released again until Feb. 22. Complete Team Top-25 at Bottom.

French Newcomers Eager to Begin the Year . . .
UCLA's international newcomers, Jeremy Drean and Mathieu Dehaine, were two of the top junior players in France before deciding to take their act to the collegiate level. The two know each other very well, having represented their country at various junior tournaments throughout the world. In fact, Drean and Dehaine were the French Junior Doubles Champions as 16-year olds and were also teammates in junior Davis Cup play. Both showed promise during fall play and are expected to make an impact in both singles and doubles this season.

The UCLA Lineup . . .
Although things could change as the season unfolds, senior Luben Pampoulov and sophomore Benjamin Kohlloeffel begin the dual-match season at the Nos. 1 and 2 singles positions respectively. Those two will likely be followed in some order by Alberto Francis, Chris Lam, Kris Kwinta, Mathieu Dehaine and Jeremy Drean. Sophomore Philipp Gruendler also fits into that mix, however he will not be ready to play until mid-February. Junior Chris Surapol is another player who would be a significant contributor, however he suffered an injury during fall competition and will likely redshirt the year.

Head Coach Billy Martin . . .
In 11 seasons as head coach in Westwood, Billy Martin has amassed an impressive 253-50 (.835) overall record since taking over in 1994 following the retirement of Glenn Bassett. He has guided the Bruins to five Pac-10 titles, including three second-places finishes at the NCAA Championships. In addition to nine 20-win seasons, he has never had a team finish lower than fifth at the NCAAs.

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