Men's Tennis Begins NCAA Title Quest
May 9, 2005
NCAA Tournament Begins This Week . . .
UCLA has been selected as one of the 16 regional sites across the country hosting the first and second rounds of the 2005 NCAA Men's Tennis Championships this weekend. Action begins this Saturday with San Diego State (17-5) and Cal (11-9) at 9:00 a.m. That match will be followed by seventh-seeded UCLA (21-3) and Manhattan (16-4) at Noon. Saturday's winners advance to Sunday's second round beginning at 1:00 p.m. The winner of that match will earn a spot in the round of 16 to be played May 21-24 in College Station, TX. Tickets for the regionals can be purchased at the gate for $5 (youth/student) and $7 (adult). The complete 64-team NCAA Championship bracket can be accessed by clicking HERE.
13. Oklahoma St.
14. Texas Tech
16. Texas A&M
A Year Ago at the Championships . . .
UCLA's run to the NCAA Final last season also began at home at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The Bruins hosted a four-team regional, earning a spot in the round of 16 following victories over Oral Roberts and Pepperdine in the first and second rounds respectively. Once in Tulsa, Okla., UCLA defeated Texas A&M and Clemson, setting up a semifinal showdown with top-seeded Illinois. The Bruins' 4-2 victory in that match snapped the Fighting Illini's 64-match winning streak and propelled UCLA to its first final since 1999. The Baylor Bears proved too much for UCLA a day later, however, defeating the Bruins, 4-0 in the title match.
Three Bruins Earn All-Pac-10 Honors . . .
UCLA's Benjamin Kohlloeffel, Luben Pampoulov and Kris Kwinta all earned Pac-10 Conference honors last week. Kohlloeffel was named Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year following an outstanding regular season in which he posted an impressive 36-7 overall singles record. He was also named first-team All-Pac-10 along with Pampoulov, who is the Bruins' highest ranked player at No. 7 nationally. Kwinta rounds out the group earning honorable mention acclaim.
UCLA and Washington Share 2005 Pac-10 Title . . .
For the second time in as many years, UCLA has earned a share of the Pac-10 title, this time joining Washington as the only two teams to finish the season with 6-1 records. The Bruins' only loss was a 4-3 upset against Cal on April 8. The Huskies dropped a 5-0 decision to UCLA back on April 1 for their only defeat. The Bruins, who shared the title with USC last year, have won the Pac-10 in three out of the last four seasons (2002, 2004 and 2005).
Bruins End Regular Season at No. 6 . . .
UCLA checks in at No. 6 in the final team rankings of the regular season released on May 2. Individual rankings were also released and the Bruins feature five players ranked in singles play. Those players are: (#7) Luben Pampoulov, (#11) Benjamin Kohlloeffel, (#60) Kris Kwinta, (#85) Philipp Gruendler and (#109) Alberto Francis. In doubles, Francis and Kwinta are ranked 19th, followed by Kohlloeffel and Pampoulov at No. 43. Gruendler and Kohlloeffel check in at No. 58. New team and individual rankings will not be released again until the conclusion of the NCAA Championships.
At the LATC . . .
UCLA has not lost a match at the Los Angeles Tennis Center this year, taking a perfect 16-0 record into this week's regional play. Since the 2000 season, the Bruins have posted a home record of 65-7. UCLA's last loss at the LATC was a 4-3 decision against Duke back on Mar. 10, 2004.
Head Coach Billy Martin . . .
The 1996 ITA National Coach of the Year and UCLA's 1975 NCAA singles champion, Billy Martin, owns a 274-53 (.838) 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.