Top-Ranked UCLA Hosts Oxford, Stanford, California This Week
April 2, 2001
This Week ... Bruins Face Oxford, Stanford, and California
The Bruins will continue their homestand this week with an added opponent on the schedule, Oxford University on Wednesday (Apr. 3) at 2:30 pm. UCLA will then face No. 6 Stanford on Friday (Apr. 6) and No. 30 California the following day (Apr. 7). Friday's match will begin at 1:30 pm, while Saturday's contest is scheduled to begin at noon
Bruins In ITA National Rankings...
The Bruins continued to be the top-ranked team in the nation in the latest ITA rankings released on Mar. 21. UCLA received 82.8 points based on the ITA point-per-match computer formula which is based on a points-per-match ranking system that is implemented in mid-March. Texas Christian is second with 75 points, followed by Duke (70.94), Texas A&M (70.56), and Georgia (62.31) to round out the top five.
In individual rankings released on March 23rd, Jean-Julien Rojer moved up several places and is now ranked No. 6 in singles. Other Bruins ranked nationally include: Tobias Clemens, No. 46, Jean-Noel Grinda No. 67, and Erfan Djahangiri, No. 73. In doubles, the tandem of Grinda and Rojer remain the top-ranked UCLA team at No. 9. The super hot team of Marcin Matkowski and Travis Rettenmaier is ranked No. 24, while the tandem of Clemens and Lassi Ketola is No. 39.
The top-ranked UCLA Bruins tennis team kept up their winning ways by defeating Cal Poly SLO, 7-0 on Friday (Mar. 28) and USC the following day (Mar. 30), 5-2. The Bruins fought back against the Trojans after dropping the doubles point. UCLA rallied in singles and won five of six single matches. Grinda clinched the victory at No. 2, posting a 7-5, 6-3 victory over USC's Spizzo.
A Quick Glance At This Week's Opponents...
Friday's match will be the second time this season and 86th time overall in dual match action with UCLA leading with a 44-41 all-time record. The squads last met in the championship final at the National Indoor Championships in Seattle, WA (Feb. 18) where the Bruins posted a 4-2 victory. The defending NCAA and Pac-10 champions are led by Alex Kim and K.J Hippenstteel, who play at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. The duo also make up the number one doubles team. Last week, the Cardinal (12-1 overall, 2-0 Pac-10) picked up a pair of victories over the Arizona schools. Stanford defeated No. 69 Arizona, 5-2 last Friday (Mar. 30) and took care of No. 28 Arizona State, 6-1 on Saturday (Mar. 31). Before meeting the Bruins, the Cardinal will square off against Utah on Wednesday (Apr. 4).
The California Bears, ranked No. 30 , will face the Bruins for the first time this season and 73rd time overall. The Bruins hold an 66-6 advantage in the all-time series. In singles, the Bears will rely on the services of 25th ranked John Paul Frutterro at No. 1 and No. 85 Balazs Veress at No. 2. Scott Kintz and Adrian Barnes ranked No. 85 in the latest ITA rankings, play at No. 1 in doubles. This week the Bears will host Utah on Tuesday (Apr. 3) and then will head south to face the Trojans on Friday prior to taking on the Bruins.
After the week's matches, the Bruins will host their final two dual matches this season at LATC. On Friday (Apr. 13) the Bruins will take on Washington and then will face California the following day (Apr. 14). Friday's match will begin at 1:30, while Saturday's contest, which is also senior day, is scheduled to begin at noon.