NCAA Tournament Begins Saturday
May 6, 2002
This Week . . .
The 2002 NCAA Tournament gets under way this week as first and second round play begins at 16 regional sites throughout the country. UCLA has been selected to host one of the regionals, May 11-12 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. In the first match on Saturday, May 11, San Diego State will take on Hampton at 9:00 a.m. In the second match that day, No. 4-seeded UCLA will face UC Santa Barbara at 1:00 p.m. The first round winners will meet on Sunday, May 12 at Noon for a spot in the 16-team NCAA Championships, May 18-21 in College Station, TX. Tickets for the regional are $6 for adults and $4 for youth/students.
Bruins Seeded No. 4 . . .
Although UCLA is ranked No. 2 in the country, the Bruins were seeded No. 4 in the NCAA Tournament when the seedings were announced last week. Top-ranked and defending champion Georgia is the No. 1 seed, followed by Tennessee, Illinois and UCLA. Stanford rounds out the top-5.
UCLA Players Shine at Pac-10s . . .
For the first time since 1989, the UCLA men's tennis team swept both the singles and doubles titles at the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai, Calif. Bruin junior Rodrigo Grilli defeated Alex Vlaski of Washington, 6-4, 6-3 in the singles final. With the victory, he became the first Bruin to win the singles title at Ojai since Fritz Bissell accomplished the feat in 1993. In the doubles final, top-seeded and No. 1 ranked Marcin Matkowski and Jean-Julien Rojer of UCLA defeated No. 2 ranked Scott Lipsky/David Martin of Stanford, 9-7. They became the first Bruin duo to capture an Ojai doubles title since Jean-Noel Grinda and Jong-Min Lee did it in 1999. It was the first sweep of both titles since 1989, when Pat Galbraith won the singles championship and the Bruin tandem of Mark Quinney and Bill Barber captured the doubles crown.
Five Bruins Head to NCAA Individual Championships . . .
When the team NCAA team tournament is concluded on May 21, several Bruins will get the opportunity to play in the singles and doubles tournament, May 23-27. Tobias Clemens, Marcin Matkowski and Rodrigo Grilli were all selected to compete in the singles draw. Matkowski and Jean-Julien Rojer will team up in the doubles competition, as will Clemens and Lassi Ketola.
Bruins Claim First Pac-10 Team Title Since 1999 . . .
UCLA finished with a 6-1 record in Pac-10 play this season to claim its first conference title since sharing that honor with Stanford back in 1999. Three teams finished in a tie for second place as Stanford, USC and Cal all finished with 5-2 records. In all, UCLA has claimed 27 conference titles since 1950.