No. 8 UCLA to Host No. 4 Pepperdine This Friday
Feb. 7, 2006
No. 8 UCLA to Host No. 4 Pepperdine This Friday . . .
The Los Angeles Tennis Center plays host to one of the biggest college tennis matchups of the year this Friday, as the eighth-ranked UCLA men's tennis team (4-1) takes on No. 4 Pepperdine (8-0) at 1:30 p.m. The Bruins lead the all-time series 38-13, taking a 4-0 NCAA Second Round victory in the last meeting between the two teams back in 2004. Live stats for the match can be accessed at UCLA's official athletic website - www.uclabruins.com.
Bruins Split Bay Area Matches . . .
UCLA traveled to the Bay Area last week for a pair of non-conference matches against No. 17 Cal and No. 12 Stanford. The Bruins started the weekend strong, posting a 6-1 victory over the Golden Bears on Friday in Berkeley. Cal's only point in the match came at No. 1 singles, where Conor Niland upset Benjamin Kohlloeffel. It marked only the third loss of the year for Kohlloeffel. The Bruins suffered their first loss of the season the following day, dropping a close 4-3 decision to Stanford. UCLA won the doubles point and won matches at court Nos. 1 and 5 before the Cardinal clinched the match with a win at court No. 6.
Surapol Surging . . .
Redshirt Junior Chris Surapol is the only undefeated regular in the UCLA lineup, posting a 4-0 record in dual-match play. He is 3-0 at the No. 5 position and 1-0 at the No. 4 spot. In addition to his singles success, he has also been outstanding in doubles, teaming with freshman Haythem Abid at the No. 2 position, going 5-0. Surapol, who was forced to redshirt last year with an injury, owns a 15-4 overall record in singles play and is 16-4 overall in doubles this year.
Doubles Success . . .
UCLA has won the doubles point in all five matches this season. The Bruins' No. 1 team of Philipp Gruendler and Benjamin Kohlloeffel own a perfect 5-0 record in dual-match play and have defeated two top-10 teams. The duo owns wins over fifth-ranked Corkery/Pade of Stanford and seventh-ranked Schoeck/L. Shields of Boise State. UCLA's No. 2 team of Haythem Abid and Chris Surapol is also undefeated at 5-0. Mathieu Dehaine and Aaron Yovan, the Bruins' No. 3 team, is 3-2 in dual matches.
Bruins Fall to No. 8 Nationally . . .
After beginning the year as the fifth-ranked team in the country and moving as high as No. 4 a week ago, UCLA fell four spots to No. 8 in the latest Fila ITA Rankings released on Feb. 7. The Bruins' drop is a result of their 4-3 loss to Stanford over the weekend. Florida is the No. 1 team, followed by Georgia, Illinois, Pepperdine and Mississippi. Individually, Benjamin Kohlloeffel is ranked No. 3 nationally in singles. He is followed by No. 75 Mathieu Dehaine. Jeremy Drean and Chris Surapol are ranked No. 36 in doubles play. New team rankings will be released again on Feb. 14. Individual rankings are not due out until Feb. 22.
Fila ITA Rankings (Feb. 7)
12. South Carolina
13. Wake Forest
15. Ohio State
21. Texas Tech
22. Oklahoma State
23. Mississippi State
24. Texas A&M