Bruins and Bears to Meet in Waco
Feb. 6, 2007
Bruins and Bears to Tangle in Waco
The third-ranked UCLA men's tennis team (5-0) will make its first-ever trip to Waco, Texas this week, as the Bruins are scheduled to face eighth-ranked Baylor (4-1) on Saturday at the Baylor Tennis Center beginning at Noon (CST). UCLA is returning the favor, as the Bears have visited the Los Angeles Tennis Center two of the last three years (2004 and 2006). Live Stats for the match can be accessed at Baylor's athletic website: www.baylorbears.com.
The UCLA/Baylor Series
UCLA and Baylor have joined to form one of the hottest rivalries in college tennis the last few years, meeting in successive NCAA Finals in 2004 and 2005. Baylor won the 2004 showdown (4-0) in Tulsa, Okla. UCLA returned the favor a year later, storming back to take a 4-3 victory in College Station, TX in 2005. That marked the Bruins' only victory in the series, as the Bears take a 3-1 advantage into this Saturday's showdown. Baylor's other two wins were during the regular season at the Los Angeles Tennis Center (5-2 in 2004 / 4-3 in 2006).
Bruins Shutout Cal, Stanford
For the first time in more than 25 years, UCLA shutout both Cal and Stanford in the same weekend, as the Bruins didn't surrender a single point to the Bay Area schools last week at the LATC. The Bruins began the weekend with a 7-0 decision over #18 Cal. UCLA nearly lost the doubles point, but rallied from two breaks down at the No. 3 position to clinch the point. The Bruins cruised to another 7-0 win against No. 19 Stanford on Saturday. The only match extended beyond straights sets was at the No. 2 singles spot, where sophomore Haythem Abid defeated Richard Wire, 6-4, 4-6, (10-8).
UCLA Yet to Lose a Point
UCLA has not surrendered a single point in any match this season, moving out to five consecutive 7-0 victories. UCLA's consecutive shutout record is seven, set just two years ago (2005).
Bruins Up to No. 3 in National Rankings
UCLA, which began the season at No. 4 nationally, has moved up one spot to No. 3 in this week's Fila/ITA Team Rankings released on Feb. 6. The Bruins advanced a spot due to Florida's upset of then-No. 3 Baylor last week. Georgia is the No. 1 team in America, followed by Ohio State and UCLA. Virginia and Mississippi round out the top five.
San Diego State Match Rescheduled
UCLA's non-conference showdown with San Diego State last week was cancelled due to rain in the Los Angeles area. That match, however, has now been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 10 at the LATC beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Individual Rankings Remain the Same
Unlike the team rankings, which are released every week, individual rankings are not due out again until Feb. 21. As it stands right now, defending NCAA singles champion Benjamin Kohlloeffel is the highest-ranked Bruin at No. 5. Chris Surapol is the only other ranked singles player, checking in at No. 27. In doubles, Mathieu Dehaine and Jeremy Drean are ranked No. 18. Kohlloeffel and Surapol, who have not teamed together since the fall, are tied for 44th.
Kohlloeffel Named Pac-10 Player POW
After winning two singles and two doubles matches over the weekend, senior Benjamin Kohlloeffel was named this week's Pac-10 Tennis Player of the Week. Kohlloeffel, who plays No. 1 singles and doubles for the Bruins, began the weekend with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over 19th-ranked Pierre Mouillon of Cal. He followed that up with another 6-2, 6-1 win against Stanford's Matt Bruch. In addition, he teamed with Philipp Gruendler for a pair of dominating doubles wins. It marks 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.
Surapol Plays Full Weekend
After playing only doubles in the Bruins' first two matches of the season - and just singles in the third - senior captain Chris Surapol played a full slate of singles and doubles matches over the weekend. Surapol, who is recovering from an injury, won both his singles matches at the No. 3 spot, taking a 6-3, 4-6, (10-6) decision over Cal's Ken Nakahara on Friday, and a 6-1, 6-3 win over Stanford's Blake Muller on Saturday.
Following the Action Via the Internet
Fans unable to attend any Bruin home match in 2007 can follow the live scoring over the internet at UCLA's website: uclabruins.com. It can be accessed by clicking on the link in the 2007 men's tennis schedule.
UCLA Selected for National Team Indoors
UCLA is one of 16 teams selected to play at the 2007 USTA/ITA National Team Indoors, Feb. 16-19 in Chicago. The University of Illinois is the host school of the tournament, which will take place at the Midtown Tennis Club. Joining UCLA in Chicago will be Baylor, Boise State, Duke, Georgia, Illinois, Miami, Mississippi, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Pennsylvania, Pepperdine, Stanford, Texas and Virginia. UCLA's last title at the Indoors came back in 2001, as the Bruins defeated Stanford, 4-2 in the final. That tournament was hosted by the University of Washington. The draw for this year's tournament is due out on Feb. 9.
Closing in on NCAA Title #100
With 99 NCAA team titles, the UCLA Athletic Program is on the verge of making history as the first school to reach No. 100. After a couple of close misses by the women's soccer and volleyball teams in the fall, UCLA is still looking to reach the century mark.
Head Coach Billy Martin
Head coach Billy Martin takes an overall record of 300-59 (.836) into his 14th season at the helm of the UCLA program. Martin is coming off his eighth-consecutive 20-win season, as the 2006 Bruins ended the year with a 20-6 overall record. He has never had a team finish out of the top 5 at the NCAA Championships. Martin was promoted from assistant coach to head coach following the retirement of Glenn Bassett at the conclusion of the 1993 season. Martin, a former NCAA singles champion (1975), led UCLA to the NCAA title in 2005, marking the Bruins' first championship since 1984.
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