A league title is on the line this Friday, as the No. 5 UCLA men's tennis team (20-2; 6-0 Pac-12) heads across town to take on No. 3 USC (24-2; 6-0 Pac-12) in a winner-take-all battle for the Pac-12 regular-season conference championship. Friday's match will begin with doubles at 10:30 a.m. followed by singles at Noon. The singles portion of the match will be aired live by the Pac-12 Networks. There is no cost for admission to the match. Fans can also follow USC's LIVE SCOREBOARD for updates.
UCLA vs. USC Series
Friday marks the third meeting between UCLA and USC this year, with each team owning a win. The Trojans struck first, taking a 4-3 win over the Bruins at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors in Houston back on Feb. 16. UCLA returned the favor less than 10 days later, downing USC, 5-2 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on Feb. 25. The Bruins lead the all-time series 73-42.
UCLA checks in at No. 5 in this week's ITA team rankings. In singles, the Bruins have two players ranked in the top 10 in America in No. 1 Clay Thompson and No. 5 Marcos Giron. Other Bruins ranked in singles are Mackenzie McDonald (No. 32), Gage Brymer (No. 74) and Karue Sell (No. 94). In doubles, Giron is ranked with two different partners, checking in at No. 16 with McDonald and at No. 58 with Sell. Complete rankings can be found here:
Team | Singles | Doubles
Ojai Begins Next Week
The Pac-12 Conference Championships kick off next week in Ojai, Calif. and UCLA is the defending champion at the event, downing USC, 4-2 in last year's final. This year marks the third season that the Pac-12 is having a team championship rather than an individual tournament. USC won the inaugural Pac-12 Tournament in 2012. For more information about this year's event, please visit www.ojaitourney.org.
UCLA has three players riding seven-match winning streaks heading into Friday's showdown with USC, as Marcos Giron, Gage Brymer and Clay Thompson are all unbeaten in their last seven contests. In addition, Karue Sell and Mackenzie McDonald own streaks of six and five, respectively.