UCLA's Benjamin Kohlloeffel Named Men's Tennis Pac-10 Player of the Week
Feb. 5, 2007
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - UCLA senior Benjamin Kohlloeffel has been named the Pac-10 Men's Tennis Player of the Week for Jan. 29-Feb. 4, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Kohlloeffel, the defending NCAA singles champion and fifth-ranked player in the nation, upped his mark to 5-0 in dual play with a pair of dominating performances on the singles court and scored two wins in doubles as well to lead the fourth-ranked Bruins to a pair of 7-0 sweeps over 18th-ranked California and 19th-ranked Stanford.
Playing on UCLA's home courts, the Los Angeles Tennis Center, Kohlloeffel showed why he has captured three of the past four major tournaments in college tennis (the NCAA Championships and the last two ITA National Indoors). Friday, Kohlloeffel overwhelmed Cal's 19th-ranked Pierre Mouillon, winning 6-2, 6-1. He also teamed with Philipp Gruendler to post an 8-2 victory over Cal's Tyler Browne and John Pettit at No. 1 doubles.
The next day, Kohlloeffel took out defending Pac-10 Singles Champion Matt Bruch of Stanford, again by a 6-2, 6-1 margin. He and Gruendler also clinched the doubles point via an 8-6 win at the top spot over Bruch and Richard Wire. The 7-0 sweep was the first for UCLA over the Cardinal since 1992.
UCLA (5-0) will face a stiff test this week as they travel to Waco, Texas to face second-ranked Baylor on Saturday, Feb. 10.
This is Kohlloeffel's third Pac-10 Player of the Week honor as a singles player. He has also won once as a doubles team with Gruendler. It is the fourth weekly honor all-time for UCLA.
ALSO NOMINATED: Matt Brooklyn, Fr., ASU; Pierre Mouillon, Jr., CAL; Geoff Embry, Fr. ORE; Kaes Van't Hof, Jr., USC.
2007 PAC-10 MEN'S TENNIS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 5- Benjamin Kohlloeffel, Sr., UCLA.
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