UCLA's Benjamin Kohlloeffel Named Men's Tennis Pac-10 Player of the Week
April 23, 2007
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - UCLA senior Benjamin Kohlloeffel has been named the Pac-10 Men's Tennis Player of the Week for Apr. 16-Apr. 22, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Kohlloeffel, UCLA's career singles wins leader in just three seasons of play, capped off the final Pac-10 dual of his career with the deciding singles point in a 4-3 Bruin win over No. 9 USC that secured UCLA's fourth-straight Pac-10 Championship.
With the Bruins and Trojans each 6-0 in Pac-10 play coming in, the Pac-10 Championship came down to one last match: Kohlloeffel vs. 34th-ranked Jamil Al-Agba at No. 1 singles. Playing in his final regular-season home match on Saturday, Kohlloeffel, ranked No. 4 nationally, defeated Al-Agba, 6-4, 6-4.
Kohlloeffel, the defending NCAA Singles Champion, improved to 21-1 in dual play and 29-3 overall in singles. He also teamed with Philipp Gruendler to defeat the 43rd-ranked doubles team of Dejan Cvetkovic and Gary Sacks, 9-7, at No. 1 doubles. Gruendler and Kohlloeffel are 22-1 overall and ranked seventh.
Behind Kohlloeffel, the Bruins finished their first undefeated Pac-10 season since 1996. They earned the Pac-10's automatic bid into May's NCAA Championships. 10th-ranked UCLA (19-3) heads next to the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai, Calif. from Apr. 26-29.
In his three seasons, Kohlloeffel has amassed a singles record of 121-15.
This is Kohlloeffel's seventh Pac-10 Player of the Week honor as a singles player and fifth this season. He has also won once as a doubles team with Gruendler. It is the eighth weekly honor for UCLA.
ALSO NOMINATED: Matt Brooklyn, ASU; Pierre Mouillon, CAL; Kaes Van't Hof, USC; Alex Slovic, WASH.
2007 PAC-10 MEN'S TENNIS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 5 - Benjamin Kohlloeffel, Sr., UCLA; Feb. 12 - Kaes Van't Hof, Jr., USC; Feb. 19 - Benjamin Kohlloeffel, Sr., UCLA; Feb. 26 - Dejan Cvetkovic, Sr., USC; Mar. 5 - Benjamin Kohlloeffel, Sr., UCLA; Mar. 12 - Kaes Van't Hof, Jr., USC; Mar. 19 - Pierre Mouillon, Jr., CAL; Mar. 26 - Daniel Chu, Sr., and Alex Slovic, Sr., (doubles) WASH; Apr. 2 - Matt Brooklyn, Fr., ASU; Apr. 9 - Alex Slovic, Sr., WASH; Apr. 16 - Benjamin Kohlloeffel, Sr., UCLA; Apr. 23 - Benjamin Kohlloeffel, Sr., UCLA.