UCLA Begins Quest for NCAA Title This Week
May 5, 2003
Bruins to Host NCAA First & Second Rounds . . .
Sixth-seeded UCLA will host a four-team NCAA Regional, May 10-11 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The Bruins will take on Wichita State in the first round on Saturday at Noon. Prior to that match, UCSB will take on USC at 9:00 a.m. Saturday's winners will advance to Sunday's second round, with the winner advancing to the 16-Team NCAA Championships, May 17-20 in Athens, Ga. The Bruins own a 1-0 all-time record against Wichita State and 23-1 advantage over UCSB. UCLA is leads the series with USC, 58-30, already posting two wins over the Trojans this year.
UCLA Earns No. 6 Seed in NCAA Tournament . . .
The Bruins received a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament when the draw was announced last week. Undefeated Illinois is the No. 1 seed and is joined in the top five by Baylor, Florida, Cal and Stanford. If the seeds hold out, the Bruins are looking at a potential matchup with No. 11 Minnesota in the round of 16 and a meeting with No. 3 Florida in the quarterfinals.
Bruins Selected for NCAA Singles Championships . . .
Tobias Clemens, Marcin Matkowski and Chris Lam all received singles bids to compete in the NCAA Singles Championships, May 21-26 in Athens, Ga. The Bruins' top doubles team of Rodrigo Grilli/Matkowski, ranked No. 24 in the country, did not receive a spot in the NCAA Doubles draw. The individual championships begin a day after the team competition is concluded.
Matkowski Wins Pac-10 Singles Title . . .
Top-seeded Marcin Matkowski became the second UCLA player in as many years to win the singles title at the Pac-10 Championships on Apr. 27, posting a 6-4, 6-2 decision over Washington's Alex Vlaski in the main draw finals at Ojai's Libbey Park. With the victory, Matkowski, who is currently on a 12-match winning streak, improves his overall record this year to 23-3. UCLA's Rodrigo Grilli, who reached the quarterfinals this year, claimed the Pac-10 singles title over Vlaski in 2002. In the finals of the Pac-10 Invitational draw, UCLA's Alberto Francis made quick work of Cal's Wayne Wong, winning 6-1, 6-3 Sunday. Francis was also a finalist in 2002.
Final Regular-Season Rankings Put UCLA No. 5 . . .
In the last computer ranking before the end of the year, UCLA checked in at No. 5 in the country, falling one spot from the previous week. The top two remained the same, with Illinois holding on to the No. 1 position and Florida remaining at No. 2. Baylor and Stanford are Nos. 3 and 4 respectively.
ITA Top-25 (4/28)1. Illinois2. Florida3. Baylor4. Stanford5. UCLA6. Vanderbilt7. Cal8. Mississippi9. Duke10. Texas A&M11. Minnesota12. Washington13. Kentucky14. Texas15. Tulane16. Alabama17. VCU18. So. Carolina19. LSU20. Georgia21. USC22. Ohio State23. Auburn24. TCU25. Oklahoma St.
Five Bruins Listed in ITA Individual Rankings . . .
Fifth-ranked Tobias Clemens leads the way as a total of five Bruin players are ranked in singles according to the latest ITA individual rankings released on April 9. Following Clemens are Marcin Matkowski (#24), Chris Lam (#37), Erfan Djahangiri (#88) and Rodrigo Grilli (#98). The Bruins also have two teams ranked in doubles, as Grilli/Matkowski check in at No. 24 and Clemens/Lassi Ketola are at No. 51. Individual rankings will not be released again until the end of the year.
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