Four Tennis Matches at the LATC This Week

Feb. 24, 2009


Women's Tennis
Wednesday, Feb. 25
#8 UCLA vs. Pepperdine - 1:30 p.m.
Los Angeles Tennis Center

Thursday, Feb. 26
#8 UCLA vs. #15 Fresno State - 11:00 a.m.
Los Angeles Tennis Center

Men's Tennis
Friday, Feb. 27
#7 UCLA vs. #23 Cal - 1:30 p.m.
Los Angeles Tennis Center

Saturday, Feb. 28
#7 UCLA vs. #5 Stanford - 1:00 p.m.
Los Angeles Tennis Center

Four Tennis Matches on Tap This Week
Three top-25 teams will visit the Los Angeles Tennis Center this week, as both the UCLA men's and women's tennis teams are scheduled to host a pair of matches beginning this Wednesday with the Bruin women taking on Pepperdine. It marks the second meeting between the two teams this season, as the Bruins defeated the Waves, 5-2 back on Jan. 23 in Malibu. The UCLA women (7-2) return to action the following day, facing No. 15 Fresno State on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. The Bruins defeated the Bulldogs, 5-2 at the LATC in 2008. The UCLA men (6-3) will then host two of their biggest matches of the season, taking on No. 23 Cal on Friday at 1:30 p.m. and No. 5 Stanford on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Although neither match will count in the Pac-10 standings, the two contests are important for the Bruins who enter the weekend on a three-match losing streak. Live Stats for all four matches can be accessed by clicking HERE.

Women Get Two Wins Following Indoors
The UCLA women posted a pair of 6-1 victories last week, defeating Loyola Marymount and Hawai'i last Thursday and Friday, respectively. Bruin sophomore Maya Johansson played her first match of the year at the No. 1 singles position against LMU, registering a 6-3, 6-2 win over Tina Razloznik. Yasmin Schnack assumed the No. 1 role against Hawai'i the following day, defeating Sophie Kobuch, 6-2, 6-2. UCLA won all six doubles matches in the two non-conference wins.

Bruins and Bears Renew Rivalry in Waco
Despite missing two starters due to injury, the Bruin men went toe-to-toe with No. 12 Baylor last Sunday, eventually falling 4-3 in Waco, Texas. UCLA lost the doubles point, but managed to get singles wins from Michael Look, Nick Meister and Ahmed Ismail. With the match tied at 3-3, Baylor's Jordan Rux battled back from a set down to defeat junior Matt Brooklyn, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 in the deciding match at No. 2 singles. The Bruins and Bears have developed quite a rivalry in recent years, with both teams winning national championships by beating the other in the final. Baylor's title came in 2004, as the Bears defeated UCLA, 4-0 in the final match in Tulsa, Okla. The Bruins' championship came the following season, as UCLA defeated Baylor, 4-3 in a dramatic final in College Station, Texas. The two teams have met four more times since the 2005 NCAA Final, and all four meetings have been 4-3 decisions, with Baylor winning in 2006, 2008 and 2009. UCLA's 4-3 win came in 2007. Baylor leads the all-time series 5-2.

UCLA in the ITA Rankings
The UCLA men fell one spot to No. 7, while the Bruin women are ranked No. 8 for the second straight week, as new team rankings were issued by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association on Tuesday. New Individual rankings were released last week for the first time in more than a month. Matt Brooklyn (#52), Haythem Abid (#74) and Michael Look (#93) are the three men's players ranked. The men do not have any doubles teams ranked. On the women's side, the Bruins are paced by No. 36 Andrea Remynse and No. 37 Yasmin Schnack. Maya Johansson is also ranked at No. 68. In addition, Remynse and Schnack are ranked No. 6 nationally in doubles play. Complete team and individual rankings can be accessed by clicking HERE.

Seguso, Srugo Sidelined
Much of UCLA's troubles lately can be attributed to the absence of regulars Holden Seguso and Harel Srugo due to injury. Both players sat out the Baylor loss and are not expected to play in either of this weekend's matches. With those two out of the lineup, head coach Billy Martin has been forced to rely on other players to fill the open spots. Ahmed Ismail stepped in at No. 6 singles against Baylor, doing his part by defeating Maros Horny, 6-4, 6-4. Freshman Eugen Brazdil also saw his first action in a dual match this year against the Bears, teaming with Matt Brooklyn at the No. 2 position.

Crosstown Rivalry Matches Set for Next Wednesday
Both teams are scheduled to face USC on Wednesday, March 4, with the men heading across town for a 3:00 p.m. showdown at the Marks Tennis Stadium, and the women hosting USC at the LATC at 1:30 p.m. The USC men are ranked No. 4, and the women are ranked No. 9. The UCLA men and women owned a combined 6-0 record against USC last year as. Both teams swept the two regular-season meetings and then tacked on another win during the NCAA Tournament.

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