Bruins Prepare For Sweet 16 In Georgia

May 9, 2001

This Week ... Bruins Host NCAA Regionals

For the fourth-straight year, the Los Angeles Tennis Center, home of the No. 3 UCLA men's tennis team (20-2), will be the site of first and second-round NCAA Regionals from May 12-13. The No. 3 UCLA men will take on Sacramento State at 1 pm on Saturday, May 12. Making up the other two teams at the four-team regional will be South Carolina and Southern Florida. Those two teams will face off at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. The men's final will take place on Sunday at Noon.

NCAA Regional Tournament Schedule at LATC ...

Listed below is the complete LATC schedule for the men's Regionals:

Saturday, May 12 (Men's Round of 64) Match #1 South Florida vs. South Carolina 10 am Match #2 Sacramento State vs. UCLA 1 pm

Sunday, May 13 (Men's Round of 32) Match #3 Winner of #1 vs. Winner of #2 12 pm

Bruins in the NCAA Individual Championships ...

Two UCLA men's tennis players were selected to participate in the NCAA individual championship tournament, held in Athens, GA from May 19-27. UCLA had two selections in singles as Jean-Noel Grinda and Jean-Julien Rojer received bids. In doubles, Grinda and Rojer, who are currently ranked No. 8 in the nation, also received an automatic selection.

NCAA Championships Selection Process ...

The selection of teams and individuals for the Division I Men's Tennis Championships is based on won-lost record, strength of schedule and eligibility and availability of student-athletes. Each region receives automatic entry for four singles players and two doubles teams. The seeds for the individual championships will be available on ncaachampionships.

NCAA Championship Structure ...

The NCAA Division I men's tennis championships consist of single-elimination team and individual championships. In NCAA men's tennis dual matches, the three doubles matches count for one point total and are played first followed by the six singles matches. Each singles match counts for one point, with the best of three sets winning the match and a 12-point tie breaker at six games all. The team winner is determined by the first team to reach four points.

This year marks the third straight year that the NCAA Tennis Championships bracket consists of 64 teams, meaning that all participants will compete in the first round. Regionals consist of four teams each at 16 sites throughout the country. The winners of those 16 Regionals will advance to the NCAA Team Championships at the University of Georgia in Athens, May 19-27.

The individual championship tournament is comprised of 64-singles and 32-doubles teams which begin play directly following the conclusion of the team championship. The first round of singles and a round of doubles will be played on Wednesday, May 23. Two more rounds of singles and a round of doubles will be played on Thursday, May 24. Quarterfinal action is slated for Friday, May 25, semifinals for the 26th and the individual singles and doubles finals will be on Sunday, May 27.

UCLA's NCAA Tournament History...

UCLA is the only team to compete in every NCAA Championship since 1977 when the team dual-match format began. Since then, the Bruins have reached the championship final nine times, winning three titles and finishing as runner-up five times. Altogether, the Bruins own 15 NCAA men's tennis titles dating back to 1950 and most recently in 1984 and have also finished as runner-up 12 times. In addition, UCLA players have won nine singles and 11 doubles championships. Head coach Billy Martin was the last UCLA player to claim a singles title when he won it in 1975. The team of Justin Gimelstob and Srdjan Muskatirovic claimed the Bruins' most recent title by winning the doubles championship in 1996.

Latest Rankings ... Bruins Retain No. 3 Ranking

UCLA slipped one spot in the latest ITA rankings released on May 2, sliding to No. 3 overall. The Bruins were previously ranked No. 2 on the April 18 list and prior to that held the No. 1 position for nine consecutive weeks. In the individual rankings also released on May 2, the Bruins have six singles players and one doubles teams listed. Leading the way with a No. 13 singles ranking is sophomore Jean-Julien Rojer. Senior Jean-Noel Grinda is the next highest ranked Bruin at No. 51, while freshman Tobias Clemens is slated at No. 64. Rounding out the list of nationally ranked Bruins is sophomore Travis Rettenmaier, at No. 80, Erfan Djahangiri at No. 88 and Lassi Ketola at 98 . In doubles, the team of Grinda and Rojer check in at No. 13.

Last Year ... Bruins Finish Fourth Overall

The Bruins finished with the season as the second ranked team and looked to be on the verge of avenging the heartbreaking loss in the championship final to Georgia the previous season. Unfortunately the Bruins were struck a thunderous blow prior to the start of the NCAA regionals after senior Brandon Kramer broke his right wrist in practice. Kramer's absence was a major blow to UCLA because he and partner Jong-Min Lee were the reigning PAC-10 Doubles champions. Additionally, Kramer has played solid tennis, earning the No. 2 spot in singles. Unphased by the unfortunate circumstance, the Bruins rolled past U. Mis.-Kansas City 4-0, and Notre Dame, 4-2 at the Regionals at LATC.

After advancing to the NCAA Championships in Athens, GA., UCLA had little trouble winning its first match, downing 15th seed Texas, 4-0. But the Bruins next foe was a talented 10th seed Tennessee squad that was too much for the Bruins as UCLA was defeated in the quarterfinals, 4-1.

More Last Year ... Bruins' Individual Results

Two Bruins qualified to compete in the individual portion of the championships in 2000. Jong-Min Lee competed in singles and was selected in doubles but did not compete due to the injury of his partner Brandon Kramer.

In singles, Lee garnered All-American honors after reaching the round of 16 in the NCAA singles Championships. Grinda fell 7-6(4), 1-6, 4-6 in the first round to Florida's Nathan Overholser. In doubles, Grinda and Lee opened with a 6-3, 6-3 win over UNLV's Skorin and Zivcovic before being eliminated by eventual champions Hippensteel and Wolters.

Contacting The Bruins ...

UCLA Media Relations Intern Brett Henry will handle all interview requests for the men's tennis team. In addition, media and photography credentials for the NCAA Regional may be obtained by working press by contacting him at 310-206-7870. All requests should be submitted at least 24 hours in advance.

2001 NCAA Championships Results ...

Results for the NCAA Regionals and NCAA Championships can be accessed at

About the NCAA Regional Opponents ...

Sacramento State

For the second time in the last three seasons, the Sacramento State men's tennis team will compete in the NCAA Division I Tournament. The Hornets received an automatic berth after winning the Big Sky Conference Tournament on April 22. Sacramento State enters the tournament with a program-best 20-2 overall record including an 18-1 mark over its final 19 matches. The Hornets, who finished with a 7-0 Big Sky record, were crowned conference champions for the third time in the last four years. The team made its first and only appearance in the NCAA Div. I Tournament in 1999 when it fell to Stanford, 4-0.

South Carolina

The No. 29 South Carolina men's team, led by seventh-ranked Guillaume Legat, is making its sixth straight appearance in the tournament. The Gamecocks recently went 1-1 at the Southeastern Conference tournament held in Lexington, Ky. They recorded a win over No. 20 Auburn, 4-1, in the first round of the tournament and went on to lose to Tennessee in the next day of competition. The Gamecocks are expected to start seventh-ranked Guillaume Legat and first-team Southern selection at the No. 1 position. Seth Rose, who is ranked No. 85 in the latest ITA ranking will play in the No. 2 slot. Marcus Westman will be at No. 3 and David Nelson will play in the No. 4 position. Rounding out singles will be Carl Wermee at No. 5 position and Rodrigo Pacheco at No. 6. In doubles, the tandem of Rose and Nelson will play the No. 1 position for the Aggies. Legat and Westman play at No. 2 while Wermee and Sherazi are in the No. 3 slot.

South Florida

After a one-year absence the University of South Florida men's tennis team returns to the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships. South Florida enters this year's championship with a 16-8 record and a No. 36 ranking, in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings. The Bulls advanced to the finals of the Conference USA tournament losing to Tulane 4-1. USF has been led this season by First Team All Conference USA Paco Antelo (Santa Cruz, Bolivia) who turns in a 12-5 record at number one singles. Antelo is also 23-11 overall this year. Martin Wetzel, from Hergatz, Germany, who was named to the second all-conference team was 15-0 in dual match competition, including a 7-0 record at number one, before his injury. Upon his return to the lineup, he played at numbers two and three, and he was 4-0 at both positions. Max Dockhorn, a third team selection who hails from Hamburg, Germany, was 25-9 on the season, and played the dual season at number four singles, where he was 12-3. He was a combined 7-2 in matches played at either number three or five. This marks the sixth appearance for the Bulls in the championships and the third time in the last four years.

UCLA's Home Court Advantage ...

UCLA finished the regular-season home portion of the 2001 schedule with only one loss to powerhouse Stanford. Prior to its loss to Stanford, UCLA's last loss at home came on February 1, 2000 to then-No. 21 ranked Pepperdine (2-5) and was its only home setback of the 2000 season.

Bruins are Pac-10 Runner-Ups ...

The Bruins duplicated last season's success as UCLA closed out conference play with a 6-1 record to fall just one game shy of the title. Stanford finished Pac-10 play with a perfect 7-0 mark to capture the title for the fourth straight year, while California came in at third with a 4-3 record.

Bruins Come Up Short In Ojai ...

The Bruins' quest to earn conference titles came to an abrupt end as UCLA failed to take home any championship trophies in Ojai at the Pac-10 Individual Championships. This was the first time in two seasons that the Bruins failed to win a title in either division. For the past two seasons, the Bruins claimed both doubles titles and the Invitational division singles crown. Despite not winning any titles, the Bruins were one match shy of reaching the finals in the Pac-10 singles and doubles and one team reached the finals in the invitational doubles. The Bruins were also without the services of one of their top players, Marcin Matkowski, who was representing his hometown of Poland in the Davis Cup.

The lower half of the UCLA lineup dominated the field of the Pac-10 Invitational tournament as two of four Bruin players battled in the quarterfinals. It was the typical Stanford vs. UCLA standoff as Chris Sands fell in the round of 16 to Stanford's Scotty Scott, 6-1, 6-3. Derrick Nguyen, who was making his first appearance in an ITA sanctioned match, looked impressive in the first two rounds. Nguyen defeated Arizona's Agniel Arnaud, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the opening round and California's Erik Dmytruk, 6-4, 6-4 in the round of 16. In the quarterfinals, he put up a tough fight but not overcome Stanford Ali Ansari as he lost in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1. Travis Rettenamier was the other Bruins to reach the quarterfinal round after winning his match in the round of 16 as he downed Jarrod Eckermann, 6-1, 6-3. Rettenmaier automatically qualified for the round of 16 after a first round bye. The Cardinal loomed ahead in the quarterfinals though as Rettenmaier fell to Scott Lipsky of Stanford, 6-2, 6-1. Lassi Ketola was the other Bruins competing in the invitational portion of the tournament but after having a first round bye he withdrew from competition due to a stiffening back. In doubles, the Bruins had two teams competing for the title. The tandem of Nguyen and Sands fell to Oregon's Druzenko/Dubourdieu 8-5 in the first round. Ketola and Tobias Clemens paired with one another to reach the finals before Ketola's ailing back caused him to withdraw from the match with the tandem trailing Stanford's Scott Lipsky and David Martin, 3-0.

In the Pac-10 Championship portion, the Bruins' top two players played spectacular tennis as senior Jean-Noel Grinda and sophomore Jean-Julien Rojer reached the semifinals in singles. Grinda ran into a hot Ryan Moore of USC but could not pull off the victory and fell in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. Rojer's match was one the most exciting matches ever witnessed at the Ojai Tournament. The sophomore had K.J. Hippensteel on the ropes but could not deliver the knock-out punch as he was one point shy from the victory in the tie breaker in game number two. The first game was equally entertaining as the Rojer pulled out the first game in a tie-breaker, 7-6(5). Hippensteel was too much in the third game and won the match after posting a 6-4 victory in game three. Freshman Tobias Clemens won his first round match before falling in the round of 16 to Cal's Robert Kowalczyk, 7-5, 6-4. In doubles, the team fell one match of reaching the finals after falling to Stanford's Hippensteel and Alex Kim, 8-5.

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