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March 31, 2009

Men's Tennis Team Returns Home to Host Oregon, Washington
Coming off a very successful weekend in the Bay Area, the No. 9 UCLA men's tennis team (12-4; 2-0 Pac-10) returns home this week to host a pair of conference matches at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. Play begins this Friday as the Bruins host Oregon (9-9; 0-1 Pac-10) at 1:30 p.m. UCLA takes a perfect 15-0 all-time record against Oregon into that contest. The Bruins will return to action the following day, hosting No. 21 Washington (12-5; 1-0 Pac-10) at 1:00 p.m. UCLA leads that series 23-2, with Washington's last win over the Bruins coming back in 2006. Live stats for both matches can be accessed by clicking HERE. As always, regular-season matches at the Los Angeles Tennis Center are free to the public.

Bruins Go 2-0 on Bay Area Trip
UCLA picked up its biggest win of the season last Friday by taking a slim, 4-3 victory over No. 4 Stanford at the Taube Tennis Center up in the Bay Area. With the match tied at 3-3, UCLA's Amit Inbar defeated Stanford's Greg Hirshman 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-4 at court No. 6 to give the Bruins the upset. Other singles winners for UCLA on the day were Haythem Abid (court No. 1), Matt Brooklyn (Court No. 4) and Nick Meister (court No. 5). The win avenges a 4-3 loss to the Cardinal at UCLA back on Feb. 28. Fortunately for UCLA, last week's meeting was the Pac-10 counting match between the two schools. After its thrilling upset at Stanford, the Bruins picked up a 5-2 victory over Cal the following day in Berkeley to beging the conference season 2-0.

UCLA Moves Back into Top 10
After two weeks outside of the top 10, UCLA climbed back up to No. 9 in the Campbell's/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings issued on Tuesday. Singles and doubles rankings were also released. The four Bruin players ranked in singles are: Haythem Abid (#45), Matt Brooklyn (#95), Nick Meister (#114) and Michael Look (#119). In doubles, Meister and Abid check in at No. 21, while Amit Inbar and Harel Srugo are ranked No. 61.

Bruins and Trojans on Collison Course
Both UCLA and USC swept matches in the Bay Area over the weekend to start the conference season 2-0. If each team can continue its winning ways, the April 17 showdown at UCLA will likely decide this year's Pac-10 champion. The last two years both UCLA and USC entered that final match with undefeated records in conference play. The Bruins won both meetings 4-3. UCLA is seeking the program's sixth straight Pac-10 title.

Pepperdine Match Re-scheduled for April 13
UCLA will head up the road to Malibu on April 13 for a 3:00 p.m. showdown with Pepperdine. The match was originally scheduled for Feb. 7 but was postponed due to rain. It will mark the final road match of the regular season for the Bruins.

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