Tennis Teams to Face Cross-Town Rival USC This Wednesday
March 3, 2009
UCLA Men Travel to USC, Head to Pacific Coast Doubles Championships
The 13th-ranked UCLA men's tennis team (7-4) travels across town this Wednesday to take on No. 8 USC (10-2) at the Marks Tennis Stadium beginning at 3:00 p.m. It will be the first meeting between the two teams since the Bruins' 4-2 victory over the Trojans in last year's NCAA Round of 16 in Tulsa, Okla. UCLA takes a four-match winning streak over USC into Wednesday's showdown. Live stats and streaming video for the match can be accessed by clicking HERE. Wednesday's match does not count in the Pac-10 Standings, as the conference match between the two teams will be on April 17 at UCLA. Following the USC showdown, several Bruin players will head to La Jolla, Calif. for the 120th Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championships at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. The four Bruin teams competing at the tournament are: Haythem Abid/Nick Meister, Amit Inbar/Harel Srugo, Matt Brooklyn/Michael Look and Eugen Brazdil/Ahmed Ismail. In addition, UCLA assistant coaches Kris Kwinta and Chris Surapol are also entered as a team in the tournament. Draws for the tournament can be accessed by clicking HERE
Bruin Women Host USC at the LATC This Wednesday
The No. 11 UCLA women (10-2) will host No. 10 USC (8-1) this Wednesday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center beginning at 1:30 p.m. The Bruins enter the encounter on a five-match winning streak, and have also beaten the Women of Troy in the last four meetings between the two teams. The last time USC visited the LATC, UCLA clinched the program's first Pac-10 Championship with a 5-2 victory. The Bruins also went on to knock the Women of Troy out of last year's NCAA Championships, posting a 4-0 win in the round of 16. Following Wednesday's USC match, UCLA will then host Oregon (7-4) on Friday at 1:30 p.m. It will mark the first Pac-10 counting match for UCLA this season. Live stats for both matches can be accessed by clicking HERE.
USC Match Giveaways
Students with a valid BruinCard can get free pizza during the first part of the USC match on Wednesday (match begins at 1:30 p.m.). There will also be a trivia contest, with the winner being announced during the intermission between singles and doubles.
New Rankings Released on Tuesday
New team, singles and doubles rankings were released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) on Tuesday. The UCLA women check in at No. 11, while the men are ranked No. 13. Individually, the women have four players ranked in singles led by Yasmin Schnack at No. 19. She is followed by No. 27 Andrea Remynse, No. 81 Maya Johansson and No. 112 Nina Pantic. In doubles, Remynse and Schnack are ranked No. 5. Carling Seguso and Stephanie Wetmore are ranked No. 76. Like the women, the Bruin men also have four singles players ranked this week led by No. 67 Matt Brooklyn. He is followed by No. 76 Haythem Abid, No. 83 Michael Look and No. 117 Nick Meister. Brooklyn and Harel Srugo are ranked No. 67 in doubles. Complete rankings can be accessed by clicking HERE.
Schnack Named Pac-10 Player of the Week
Yasmin Schnack was named the Pac-10 Women's Tennis Player of the Week on Monday after helping the Bruins to wins over Pepperdine, No. 15 Fresno State and Cal State Fullerton last week. Schnack, a junior from Sacramento, Calif., enjoyed her best performance during the Bruins' 6-1 victory over Fresno State last Thursday. In doubles, she and teammate Andrea Remynse upset the nation's top-ranked tandem of Renata Kucerkova/Anastasia Petukhova, 8-4 at the No. 1 position. She then downed 17th-ranked Melanie Gloria, 6-0, 6-3 at the No. 1 singles spot. Schnack, who is ranked No. 5 in doubles (w/Remynse) and No. 19 in singles, also won both her singles and doubles matches last week in wins over Pepperdine and Cal State Fullerton. It marks the first Pac-10 weekly honor of her career.
Look Off to Perfect Start
Senior Michael Look owns an undefeated singles record in dual matches, as he takes a perfect 8-0 record into this Wednesday's showdown with USC. Ranked No. 83 nationally in singles this week, Look's overall record stands at 11-2. His fast start is even more impressive considering he played in only one fall tournament due to injury. Look has played at both the Nos. 3 and 4 singles positions this year, going 2-0 at the No. 3 spot and 6-0 at No. 4 position.
Pantic to Make Dual-Match Debut This Wednesday
UCLA's Nina Pantic is scheduled to play the first dual match of her career this Wednesday against USC. A freshman from Lake Worth, Fla., Pantic was forced to sit out the first 12 matches of the season due to NCAA eligibility issues. The addition should provide a boost to the Bruin lineup, as Pantic won the most singles matches on the team (13) during fall play. She is ranked No. 112 nationally despite not playing since early January.
After concluding play at the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships, the UCLA men have just one match the following week, hosting Hawai'i on Wednesday, March 11 at 1:30 p.m. The UCLA women will host Arizona State on Thursday, March 12 before heading off to play Baylor in Waco on March 14. Both teams will then take a two-week break for finals and spring break.
Attention Former UCLA Women's Players
The UCLA women's tennis program would like to extend an invitation for former players and their families to take part in a special reunion of past and present players, March 27-29 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The reunion is in conjunction with the Bruins' matches against Stanford (Friday) and Cal (Saturday). For more information about the event, please contact team manager Becky Duesler at firstname.lastname@example.org.