UCLA Men's Tennis Face Kentucky, Pepperdine This Week
March 12, 2001
This Week ... Bruins Host Kentucky, Pepperdine
The top-ranked UCLA men's tennis team will play host this week and play Kentucky on Tuesday (Mar. 13) and No. 10 Pepperdine on Thursday (Mar. 15) at the LA Tennis Center. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 1:30 pm
Bruins In ITA National Rankings...
The Bruins continued to be the top-ranked team in the nation on the latest ITA rankings released on Feb. 28. UCLA received all eight first-place votes from the ITA National Ranking Committee for 600 points. Stanford remains at No. 2, followed by Duke, TCU, Texas A&M, Washington, Tennessee, Georgia, Texas and Mississippi in the top 10.
About The Wildcats ...
Tuesday's match between UCLA and Kentucky will be the fifth meeting among the squads with the Bruins leading the all-time series 3-1. The Cats are 5-4 this season and are coming of a 6-0 victory over Indiana on Saturday, March 10. Leading the way for the Kentucky are senior Ed Bawano and freshman Matt Emery who play No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively.
Scouting the Waves ...
Thursday's match with No. 10 Pepperdine will be the 49th meeting overall and the first time the squads have met this season The squads last met last season (Feb. 1) with Pepperdine defeating UCLA 5-2. The Waves are 9-3 on the season.Leading the way for the Waves is Al Garland at No. 1 who is also ranked No. 27 in the latest ITA Rankings. Sebastain Graeff plays at No. 2 and is ranked No. 81 nationally. Graeff also teams with Stefan Suter and No. 1 in doubles and the pair are ranked No. 21 in the nation.
The top-ranked UCLA Bruins tennis team kept up their winning ways by defeating Arizona State, 7-0 on Friday (Mar. 9) and Arizona State the following day (Mar. 10), 7-0.
UCLA's No. 3 team of Erfan Djahangiri and Lassi Ketola were the first to finish in doubles, defeating ASU's Mitchell Brown and Olivier Charroin, 8-2. The Bruins clinched the doubles point at No. 2 after Travis Rettenmaier and Marcin Matkowski downed Pim Van Mele and Jared Eckerman of ASU, 8-6. In the most exciting doubles match of the afternoon, ASU's Nicolas Dubey and Matt Klinger played a tough match at No. 1 but could not pull off the upset, as the No. 9 ranked doubles team of Jean-Noel Grinda and Jean-Julien Rojer held on for a 9-7 victory.
In singles, the Bruins got their first point courtesy of Ketola who defeated Charrion at No. 5, 6-3, 6-0. UCLA sealed the victory at No. 4, as Matkowski posted a 6-2, 7-5 victory over ASU's Van Mele.
Two matches went three sets as Rojer, who played a flawless third set, came back after dropping the second set to defeat Dubey, 6-4, 3-6, 6-0. The match at No. 3 was the last to finish as Djahangiri came back from one set down to defeat Mirza Duranovic, 5-7, 7-6(4), 7-5.
The Bruins won two of three at doubles to earn the first point of the match. At No. 3, Lassie Ketola and Erfan Djahangiri downed Arizona's Arnaud Agniel 8-5, while Marcin Matkowski and Travis Rettenmaier defeated Whi Kim and Tom Lloyd, 9-8(4) at No. 2 to clinch the doubles point. At No. 1 the tandem of Jean-Julien Rojer and Jean-Noel Grinda were down 4-0 to Steven Capriati and Carl Hagman but could not pull of the victory as the pair lost 9-8(4).
UCLA swept all six singles matches as Djahangiri clinched the victory at No. 3, defeating Hagman in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3.
After the dual contests against Kentucky and Pepperdine, the Bruins will take a one-week break from competition due to finals and play to host Cal Poly SLO on Wednesday, March 28 and USC on Friday, March 30. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 1:30 at the LA Tennis Center.