Men's Tennis Players Seek Individual Titles at The Ojai
April 25, 2006
Bruins Head to Ojai for Pac-10 Championships . . .
Members of the ninth-ranked UCLA men's tennis team will be in Ojai, Calif. this week competing at the Pac-10 Championships, as part of the 106th Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament, Apr. 27-30, at Libbey Park. Philipp Gruendler, Mathieu Dehaine, Chris Surapol and Michael Look are the Bruins' four singles entrants in the main draw. Jeremy Drean, Aaron Yovan, Jason Nguyen and Jaysen Chung will be competing in the Pac-10 Invitational draw. Top-seeded Gruendler and Kohlloeffel, the second-ranked doubles team in the country, are the heavy favorites to take home the title in the main doubles draw. They are joined in that draw by the duo of Dehaine/Drean. Two Bruin teams, Look/Yovan and Chung/Nguyen, will be competing in the Pac-10 Invitational doubles draw.
UCLA's Last Champions at Ojai . . .
Marcin Matkowski was the last Bruin to win a the Pac-10 singles title at The Ojai, achieving the feat in 2003. In addition, Matkowski and Jean-Julien Rojer are the last Bruin duo to claim the main draw doubles title, as they went all the way in 2002. Although he's moved up to the main draw this year, junior Chris Surapol claimed UCLA's last Pac-10 Invitational singles title in 2004. It's been five years since the Bruins had a team win the Pac-10 Invitational doubles title, as Lassi Ketola and Travis Rettenmaier were champions back in 2000.
Bruins Claim Third Straight Pac-10 Title . . .
With its 4-3 victory over USC last Friday, UCLA claimed a share of its third straight Pac-10 title. As it stands right now, UCLA and Stanford are tied atop the conference standings with 6-1 records. There is still a possibility of a three-way tie, as Washington (5-1) and Cal (4-2) are scheduled to play a makeup match this Wednesday in Ojai. In terms of the NCAA automatic berth, UCLA owns the nod over Stanford, having beaten the Cardinal in the conference match between the two teams back on Apr. 7. If Washington beats Cal, resulting in a three-way tie for the conference title, the automatic berth will go to the highest-ranked school in the Fila/ITA Team Rankings released on May 1. UCLA has been co-champions in the Pac-10 the last two years, sharing the title with USC in 2004 and Washington in 2005.
UCLA in the Fila/ITA Rankings . . .
UCLA checks in at No. 9 in the latest Fila/ITA Rankings released on Tuesday. The Bruins moved down one spot despite a 4-3 victory over USC last Friday. Individual rankings were also released on Tuesday, and the Bruins have four players ranked in singles led by the nation's current No. 1 player Benjamin Kohlloeffel. He is followed by No. 67 Chris Surapol and No. 102 Mathieu Dehaine. Philipp Gruendler and Kohlloeffel are ranked No. 2 in doubles. New team and individual rankings will be released on May 1.
Gruendler/Kohlloeffel Break UCLA Doubles Record . . .
UCLA's No. 1 doubles team of Philipp Gruendler and Benjamin Kohlloeffel posted their 20th-straight dual-match victory together last Friday, breaking the team record for consecutive dual-match wins. Patrick Galbraith and Brian Garrow set the previous record of 19 back in 1989. Gruendler and Kohlloeffel saved four match points in their 9-8(6) win over USC's Jamil Al-Agba/Dejan Cvetkovic to set the record. They have been named this week's Pac-10 Players of the Week.
NCAA 64-Team Draw Announced on May 3 . . .
The 2006 NCAA Division I men's and women's tennis selection announcements will take place on Wednesday, May 3 on ESPNEWS. The men's announcement will begin at approximately 8:30 p.m. Eastern time, followed by the women's announcement at approximately 8:45 p.m. Eastern time. The Los Angeles Tennis Center will likely be the host site for first and second round regional matches. Teams that advance through regional play will move on to the 16-team NCAA Championships, May 20-23 at Stanford University.
Head Coach Billy Martin . . .
UCLA head coach Billy Martin owns a 297-58 (.837) overall record in his 13th season in Westwood. He led UCLA to its first NCAA title in more than 20 years this past May, as the Bruins pulled off a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over Baylor in the 2005 NCAA final. As a player at UCLA in 1975, Martin captured the NCAA Singles Championship before going on to a very successful professional career. He is a member of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Hall of Fame.
Fila/ITA Rankings (April 25)
10. Ohio State
11. North Carolina
16. Oklahoma State
17. Florida State
18. Texas A&M
19. Notre Dame
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