Fourth-Ranked Men's Tennis to Host Cal, No. 25 Stanford
April 2, 2008
No. 4 Men's Tennis to Host Cal, Stanford
The fourth-ranked UCLA men's tennis team (15-1; 2-0 Pac-10) has two crucial conference matches this week, as the Bruins are scheduled to host No. 31 Cal on Friday at 1:30 p.m., and No. 25 Stanford on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. UCLA defeated both teams earlier this season, however those matches did not count in the Pac-10 standings. The Bruins upped their all-time record against the Golden Bears to 78-10 following a 5-2 victory back on Feb. 3. UCLA's all-time record against Stanford stands at 55-46. The Bruins downed the Cardinal 5-2 on Feb. 1. Live stats for both matches this week can be accessed by clicking HERE
Saturday Marks Senior Day for French Duo Dehaine, Drean
Bruin seniors Mathieu Dehaine and Jeremy Drean will be honored during Saturday's match against Stanford, as the two players will be playing in their final Pac-10 home contest. Dehaine and Drean, both from France, were freshmen during UCLA's dramatic run to the NCAA Championship in 2005. Since then, both players have continued to make strides both on the court and in the classroom. Dehaine, who is double-majoring in Business-Economics / Mathematics & Applied Science, plays No. 2 singles and doubles (w/Holden Seguso). Drean, also a Business-Econ major with two minors (Political Science / Accounting), anchors UCLA's No. 5 singles and No. 3 doubles (w/Michael Look) spots.
Bruins Begin Pac-10 Season 2-0
UCLA is coming off a very successful start to the Pac-10 season, as the Bruins recorded a pair of wins in its recent trip to the Pacific Northwest. UCLA began the trip with a 6-1 victory over No. 20 Washington in Seattle. After sweeping doubles play, the Bruins took five of six singles wins. UCLA duplicated that result against Oregon on Saturday in Eugene, as the Ducks' lone win on the day came at court No. 1, where Harel Srugo was forced to retire in his match against Marcos Verdasco.
Bruins Looking for Fifth Straight Pac-10 Championship
UCLA has won the last four Pac-10 titles and is looking for a fifth in 2008. After earning co-championship honors from 2004-06, the Bruins won the title outright last year by defeating USC, 4-3 in the final match of the regular season.
UC Irvine Still to Come
UCLA was originally scheduled to face UC Irvine in its 2008 season opener back on Jan. 23, however that match was postponed due to rain. The match has now been rescheduled for April 16 at 1:30 p.m.
Bruins Jump to No. 4 Nationally
UCLA checks in at its highest ranking of the season this week at No. 4. Undefeated Virginia maintains the No. 1 spot, followed by Ohio State, Georgia, UCLA and USC. Individually, senior Mathieu Dehaine is the Bruins' highest ranked singles player at No. 23. He is followed by No. 38 Harel Srugo and No. 45 Holden Seguso. Freshman Nick Meister and Srugo are ranked No. 59 as a doubles tandem. New team rankings will be released on April 8. Individual rankings are not due out again until April 15.
ITA Top 25 (Apr. 1)
2. Ohio State
9. Florida State
10. North Carolina
18. Texas Tech
20. Texas A&M
21. Oklahoma State
Look and Drean Taking Care of Business at Court No. 3
After teaming together in just one dual match last season (a loss), junior Michael Look and senior Jeremy Drean have surprisingly been one of head coach Billy Martin's top doubles tandems this year. The duo has made court No. 3 their home, taking a 15-1 dual-match record into this Friday's showdown with Cal. In addition, Drean and Look will have some payback in mind when they take the court against Stanford on Saturday, as their lone loss came at the hands of Cardinal players Greg Hirshman and Richard Wire.
Senior Mathieu Dehaine currently owns the longest singles winning streak on the team at eight matches. He hasn't lost since falling to No. 71 Ivan Puchkarov at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors back on Feb. 17. Since then, he has defeated four ranked opponents. The second longest winning streak is held by freshman Holden Seguso, who has won his last five singles matches. In doubles, the tandems of Jeremy Drean/Michael Look, and Nick Meister/Harel Srugo own streaks of 14 and five, respectively.
In addition to owning the longest winning streak on the team, Mathieu Dehaine also has the most wins over ranked singles opponents with a 9-4 overall record. He is followed in ranked wins by Holden Seguso (7) and Harel Srugo (6). The highest ranked player beaten by a Bruin this season was No. 12 Treat Huey of Virginia, who fell to Seguso, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors.
Bruins Hit the Road
Following this weekend's Pac-10 matches, the Bruins will round out the conference season on the road, traveling for showdowns against Arizona (Apr. 11), Arizona State (Apr. 12) and USC (Apr. 18). UCLA's last match of the regular season will be against UC Irvine at home on April 16.
Head Coach Billy Martin
UCLA head coach Billy Martin owns a 337-64 overall coaching record in his 15th season at the helm of the Bruin tennis program. In his 14 seasons, Martin has never had a team finish out of the top 5 at the NCAA Championships, leading UCLA to the school's 16th NCAA men's tennis title in 2005.