No. 4 UCLA to Face No. 11 USC This Tuesday
Feb. 28, 2005
Bruins Begin the Week at No. 11 USC . . .
The No. 4-ranked UCLA men's tennis team (12-1) travels across town this week to take on Pac-10 rival USC (5-5) at the Marks Tennis Stadium beginning at 1:30 p.m. The match was originally scheduled for Feb. 11 but was postponed due to rain. The Bruins have won 13 of the last 14 matches against the Trojans and lead the all-time series 59-30. USC won the last meeting between the two teams, a 4-3 victory at USC on Mar. 3, 2004. That victory snapped the Bruins' 13-match streak. Live stats can be accessed at USC's website: www.usctrojans.com. Tuesday's winner will earn points towards the Lexus Gauntlet Trophy, the all-sport competition between USC and UCLA.
Pacific Coast Doubles Championships This Weekend . . .
Following its contest with the Trojans, the Bruins will get a break from dual-match action when they head to La Jolla, Calif. for the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships, Mar. 4-6 at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. The event, which is in its 116th year of existence, features many current and former collegiate players, along with some juniors. Since it is an 'open' tournament, the results from this weekend will not count in the individual player statistics for the season.
UCLA Sweeps Bay Area Schools . . .
The Bruins swept both Stanford and Cal last week, improving their record to 12-1 on the season. UCLA started the weekend by narrowly defeating the No. 18-ranked Cardinal, 4-3 in a match that was temporarily postponed due to rain. After Stanford won the doubles point, the Bruins came back to take a 3-2 lead in the match before rain halted play for over an hour. When action resumed, UCLA's Kris Kwinta clinched the match with a three-set win over Stanford's Phil Sheng at No. 3 singles. The Bruins didn't let it that close against No. 30 Cal on Saturday, cruising to a 7-0 victory over the Golden Bears.
Streaks . . .
Sophomore Benjamin Kohlloeffel and senior Kris Kwinta both currently own 12-match winning streaks in singles play. Kohlloeffel's began when he defeated Azusa Pacific's Sam Fletcher, 6-3, 6-0 in a dual match back on Jan. 20. Since then, he has defeated six ranked players, dropping just two sets in 12 matches. He leads the team in singles victories with 29. Kwinta's also began against Azusa Pacific when he defeated Gordon Hong, 6-3, 6-4. Kwinta is 18-5 on the season. Freshman Jeremy Drean owns the next highest streak, as he was won five in a row. The longest win streak by any player this season is 19 matches set by Luben Pampoulov from Oct. 15 to Feb. 4.
Did You Know? . . .
UCLA has not lost a match at the No. 5 position all season. A total of four different players have played in that spot, posting a perfect 13-0 record. Kris Kwinta leads the way at 6-0, followed by Mathieu Dehaine (3-0), Alberto Francis (2-0) and Jeremy Drean (2-0). In addition, the Bruins have lost just one match at the Nos. 2, 3 and 6 positions.
Bruins Check in at No. 4 . . .
UCLA checked in at No. 4 in the rankings last week and will probably remain in that spot when the new team rankings are released this Tuesday, as there were no upsets in the top-3. Baylor is currently ranked No. 1, followed by No. 2 Virginia and No. 3 Illinois. Mississippi rounds out the top-5 behind UCLA. New individual rankings were released last week. The Bruins' top-two players are No. 10 Benjamin Kohlloeffel and No. 12 Luben Pampoulov. Three other players are ranked in singles, including Kris Kwinta (#42), Philipp Gruendler (#65) and Alberto Francis (#89). In doubles, Francis and Kwinta check in at No. 28, while Kohlloeffel and Pampoulov are ranked No. 44.
Head Coach Billy Martin . . .
The 1996 ITA National Coach of the Year and UCLA's 1975 NCAA singles champion, Billy Martin, owns a 265-51 (.839) overall record and is currently in his 12th season as head coach at UCLA. In 11 season's, Martin has guided the Bruins to the national title match three times and has never had a team finish out of the top five at the NCAA Championships.
TEAM (Feb. 22)1. Baylor2. Virginia3. Illinois4. UCLA 5. Mississippi6. Duke7. Florida8. Georgia9. Texas A&M10. LSU11. USC12. Ohio State13. TCU14. Kentucky15. Washington16. Pepperdine17. Vanderbilt18. Stanford19. Auburn20. Oklahoma St.21. Tennessee22. VCU23. Texas24. Notre Dame25. N. Carolina