Bruins to Face UNLV, Defending NCAA Champion USC
Jan. 27, 2003
On Tap . . .
The No. 1-ranked UCLA men's tennis team (2-0) will play two matches this week as the Bruins are scheduled to take on UNLV and No. 7 USC. On Tuesday, UCLA will host UNLV at the LATC beginning at 1:30 p.m. The Bruins have never lost to the Rebels, leading the all-time series 11-0. UCLA defeated UNLV, 7-0 in 2002. On Friday, the Bruins will travel across town for a matchup with defending NCAA Champion USC. The Bruins own a 56-30 series advantage over the Trojans, who enter the week ranked seventh nationally. Although Friday's showdown will not count in the Pac-10 standings, it is important in terms of points for the Lexus Gauntlet Trophy, as both UCLA and USC are tied at 25-25.
Bruins Blank Fresno State, UC Irvine in First Two Dual Matches . . .
UCLA looked strong in its 2003 season opener on Jan. 15, cruising to a 7-0 decision over UC Irvine at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The Bruins swept all three doubles matches and didn't drop a set in singles action. Against Fresno State on Jan. 24, the Bruins were equally impressive, downing the Bulldogs by the same score. UCLA won all three doubles matches and dropped only one set in singles play.
Grilli Makes Successful Return to Singles Lineup . . .
UCLA senior Rodrigo Grilli, who missed all of fall play due to injury, saw his first dual-match action in singles against Fresno State last week. Grilli, the 2002 Pac-10 Singles Champion, played No. 3 singles for the Bruins, downing Alex Krohn, 6-3, 6-4. He also teamed with Marcin Matkowski at No. 1 doubles, winning 8-5 over Greg Shearer/Danny O'Rourke.
ITA Picks UCLA Preseason No. 1 . . .
With 29 of 41 first-place votes, the UCLA men's tennis team was picked No. 1 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) in its preseason rankings released on Jan. 13. UCLA, which will likely remain in the top spot when new rankings are released this Wednesday, is joined in the top-5 by Illinois, Baylor Stanford and Florida.
Preseason Top-251. UCLA 2. Illinois3. Baylor4. Stanford5. Florida6. Georgia7. USC8. Mississippi9. Kentucky10. California11. Duke12. Texas13. Texas A&M14. Tennessee15. Auburn16. VCU17. Alabama18. Pepperdine19. Minnesota20. Washington21. South Florida22. South Carolina23. Wake Forest24. Ohio State25. Mississippi State
Several Bruins Listed Among Fall Singles Rankings . . .
In addition to the preseason team rankings, fall individual rankings were also released on Jan. 13. Junior Tobias Clemens was ranked No. 12 in the nation followed by No. 38 Erfan Djahangiri and No. 40 Chris Lam. In doubles play, Clemens and senior Lassi Ketola check in at No. 39. Marcin Matkowski, Rodrigo Grilli and Jean-Julien Rojer were not eligible for the rankings due to sitting out fall play. Individual rankings will not be released again until Feb. 26.
UCLA Selected to Compete at 2003 USTA/ITA National Team Indoors . . .
UCLA will be one of 16 teams vying for the title at the 2003 USTA/ITA National Team Indoors this February. The tournament will be hosted by the University of Kentucky at the Louisville Tennis Club. The 15 other teams selected to compete this year are: Arkansas, Baylor, California, Duke, Florida, Georgia, Harvard, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, San Diego State, Southern California, Stanford, Texas A&M and Texas.
Clemens Goes Back-to-Back at Sherwood . . .
For the second time in as many years, Tobias Clemens claimed the singles title at the Sherwood Collegiate Cup. Clemens, the tournament's No. 1 seed, defeated teammate Marcin Matkowski, 6-2, 6-1 in the final on Jan. 20. Clemens' victory Monday capped off an excellent showing for Bruin players at Sherwood, as four UCLA players reached the semifinals in singles. Seniors Erfan Djahangiri and Rodrigo Grilli were the other two players to reach the last four.
UCLA Home Matches Live Via the Internet . . .
All UCLA home matches can be followed live at UCLA's official athletic website www.uclabruins.com. Fans can access the matches by clicking here or by clicking on the 'Live Stats' link in the Events Calendar on the front page.