No. 3 Men's Tennis Team Opens up NCAA Tournament Play Against Eastern Washington
May 6, 2008
No. 3 UCLA to Host NCAA Regionals at the Los Angeles Tennis Center
The third-seeded UCLA men's tennis team (21-1) will host a four-team NCAA Regional at the Los Angeles Tennis Center this weekend, with the winner advancing to the 16-team NCAA Championships, May 16-20 in Tulsa, Okla. Action gets underway on Saturday, with Wisconsin (17-9) taking on Washington (14-9) beginning at 9:00 a.m. That match will be followed by UCLA vs. Eastern Washington (18-6) at Noon. Saturday's winners will meet in the second round on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Tickets for the NCAA Regionals are $7 for adults and $5 for youth/students. Live stats for all the matches can be accessed by clicking HERE
UCLA Earns Highest Seed Since 2001
Checking in as a No. 3 seed in this year's NCAA Championships, UCLA recently earned its highest seeding since the 2001 Bruins were seeded No. 2 heading into the tournament that season. UCLA, which was the tournament's top-seeded team in 1999, has received a top 10 seed in each of the last 10 seasons.
UCLA ranks second in all-time NCAA tennis titles with 16 (Stanford leads the nation with 17). The Bruins' last NCAA title came in 2005, as UCLA ended a 21-year title drought by capturing its first championship since 1984. UCLA has also claimed team titles in 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1960, 1961, 1965, 1970, 1971, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1982 and 1984. UCLA is the only school to compete in every NCAA Tournament since the team format was adopted in 1977.
Srugo, Dehaine Selected for NCAA Singles Championships
Harel Srugo and Mathieu Dehaine have each been selected to represent UCLA in the NCAA Singles Championships, May 21-26 in Tulsa, Okla. The tournament, which begins the day after the team competition concludes, features a 64-player draw. UCLA's last NCAA Singles Champion was Benjamin Kohlloeffel, who captured the title with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over current Virginia player Somdev Devvarman in 2006.
Bruins Win Fifth Straight Pac-10 Title
UCLA wrapped up the school's fifth straight Pac-10 men's tennis title on April 18, posting a 4-3 victory at No. 4 USC. For the second year in a row, both teams entered the final match of the regular season with perfect 6-0 records in conference play. After barely winning the doubles point - Jeremy Drean and Michael Look battled back from 2-8 down in the deciding match - UCLA got singles wins from Look, Harel Srugo and Nick Meister. Srugo clinched the match at court No. 1, posting a 6-4, 6-3 upset over seventh-ranked Robert Farah.
UCLA Ranked No. 3 Nationally
UCLA checks in at No. 3 for the second week in a row in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings released on April 28. The Bruins began the season ranked No. 9 and have climbed up the rankings ever since. Individually, UCLA has four players ranked, headlined by No. 23 Harel Srugo. He is followed by No. 40 Mathieu Dehaine, No. 61 Holden Seguso and No. 75 Haythem Abid. In doubles, Srugo and freshman Nick Meister are ranked No. 52. New rankings will not be released again until the end of the season.
Perfect at Home
UCLA recently went undefeated in regular season home matches for the second year in a row, as the Bruins take a 12-0 record at the Los Angeles Tennis Center into this week's play. If UCLA can win two more matches in NCAA Regional action, the Bruins will finish just one win shy of the 15-0 home mark posted by the 2007 team.
Streaking Into the Tournament
UCLA takes a 15-match winning streak into its first-round match against Eastern Washington on Saturday. It marks the longest winning streak the team has had since the 2001 squad began the year by winning its first 16 matches.
UCLA has won the doubles point in 19 of 22 matches this season. The Bruins even claimed the point in their lone loss on the year to top-ranked Virginia. In the three matches where the Bruins did end up surrendering the point - against Pepperdine, Cal and Arizona - UCLA eventually came back to win each match 5-2. The Bruins have played with the same three doubles teams in all 22 matches this season.
Against the Tournament Field
UCLA owns a 16-1 record against teams that made the 64-team NCAA Championships. Only five of the Bruins' opponents this season failed to make the tournament (San Diego, LMU, Oregon, Arizona and UC Irvine).
20 Wins Again
UCLA picked up its 20th win of the season over UC Irvine on April 16, marking the 10th straight year that the Bruins have posted at least 20 wins. Only twice in head coach Billy Martin's 15 years as head coach have the Bruins failed to reach 20-win mark (1995 and 1998).
Lucky Number 3
UCLA has had the most success this season at the No. 3 singles and doubles positions, posting a combined 40-4 record. Three different players have played at the No. 3 singles position, led by freshman Holden Seguso's 11-1 record. Mathieu Dehaine (8-1) and Michael Look (1-0) have also seen time at that spot. In doubles, Look and partner Jeremy Drean have played every match at that position, going 20-2 overall.
Head Coach Billy Martin
UCLA head coach Billy Martin owns a 343-64 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.