UCLA Men's Tennis Hosts Brigham Young in Season Opener

Jan. 17, 2001

This Week ... Bruins Host Brigham Young, Bruin Racqueteer

The third-ranked UCLA men's tennis team kicks off the 2000 dual match season this Friday, Jan. 19 when it hosts No. 65 Brigham Young University at 1:30 pm at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on the UCLA campus. The following day, UCLA will hold its annual Bruin Racqueteer Day at LATC at 9:00 am.

About The Cougars ...

Friday's match between UCLA and Brigham Young is the first dual match for both teams in the 2001 season. The match will be the tenth meeting between the squads with UCLA holding a 9-0 record against the Cougars. The Cougars finished the '00 season with a 12-10 dual match record under head coach Jim Nelson.

UCLA At The NCTC ...

The Bruins were one of eight top teams to compete in the 25th annual National Collegiate Tennis Classic held at the exclusive Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, CA from Jan. 13-16.In singles action, sophomore Jean-Julien Rojer, ranked 27th, started the 2001 season on a strong note by wining the singles titles by defeating Stanford's Ryan Haviland, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4. Rojer played impressive tennis, advancing to the final after defeating Robert Kowalczyk of Cal, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 in the first round and then defeated Stefan Suter of Pepperdine, 6-3, 6-4 in the quarterfinals. He won his semifinal match in straight sets, defeating David Martin of Stanford 6-3, 7-5. Senior Chris Sands was also impressive as he advanced to the consolation singles title match before losing to Stanford's Ali Ansari, 9-7.

The unranked Haviland had a great run in the tournament, as he defeated sophomore Erfan Djahangiri in the semis and freshman Tobias Clemens in the quarterfinals. He also pulled off a second round upset, defeating senior Jean-Noel Grinda, 7-6, 6-3. Seventeen year- old sophomore Travis Rettenmaier fell in the first round to Stanford's David Martin, 5-7, 6-1, 7-5.In doubles, UCLA's top tandem of Grinda and Rojer fell in the quarterfinals. The Bruins other team of Clemens and Lassi Ketola fell in the first round, 8-4.

Next Up ...

UCLA hits the road and will begin Pac-10 action against the Arizona schools. The Bruins will face Arizona of Friday January 26th and Arizona State the following day. UCLA will then travel to Dallas, TX to compete in the ITA National Indoor Championships from February 1-4.

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