No. 6 Men's Tennis Heads to the Bay Area

April 5, 2005

Bruins Head to the Bay Area . . .
The No. 6-ranked UCLA men's tennis team (19-2; 4-0 Pac-10) will play its final two road matches of the regular season this weekend, traveling to the Bay Area to face Cal (8-9; 2-2 Pac-10) and No. 18 Stanford (11-7; 3-1 Pac-10). Action kicks off this Friday against the Golden Bears beginning at 1:30 p.m. The Bruins already own a victory this year over Cal, posting a 7-0 win at the LATC back on Feb. 26. On Saturday, UCLA will face Stanford at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium beginning at 1:00 p.m. The Bruins narrowly edged the Cardinal, 4-3 back on Feb. 25. Unlike the previous meetings with Cal and Stanford, both of this week's matches will count in the Pac-10 standings.

UCLA Atop the Pac-10 Standings . . .
As the only undefeated team in the Pac-10 at 4-0, the Bruins control their own destiny in the race for this year's Pac-10 title. In fact, with just three matches to play, UCLA would be guaranteed at least a share of the championship with a sweep over the Bay Area schools this weekend. Behind UCLA, there is a three-way tie for second place, as USC, Stanford and Washington are all 3-1.

UCLA/USC TV Match Could Decide Title . . .
If both UCLA and USC can earn two victories this weekend in the Bay Area, the April 15 showdown between these two teams will have Pac-10 title implications. The Bruins would be looking to win the title outright with a win, while a USC victory would earn it a share of the Pac-10. Fox Sports has picked up the match and will air it on April 17 on Fox Sports West 2 at 5:00 p.m. In the first meeting between these two teams back on Mar. 1 at USC, the Trojans handed the Bruins a 5-2 loss at the Marks Tennis Stadium. The April 15 meeting will be at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on the campus of UCLA.

Bruins Remain at No. 6 . . .
UCLA remained at No. 6 in this week's ITA Team Rankings released on Tuesday. Individually rankings were also released and the Bruins are still the only school in the country to have two players ranked in the top-10 in singles (#7 Luben Pampoulov and #8 Benjamin Kohlloeffel). Three other Bruins are also ranked, including #48 Kris Kwinta, #66 Philipp Gruendler and #73 Alberto Francis. In doubles, Kohlloeffel and Pampoulov are ranked 40th, while Kohlloeffel and Gruendler are ranked 42nd. Francis and Kwinta return to the rankings this week at #59. New team rankings are released every Tuesday. The next individual rankings are due out on April 19.

Statistically Speaking . . .
Benjamin Kohlloeffel leads the Bruins in singles victories, owning a 35-5 overall record this year. The next highest win total is 25, held by both Luben Pampoulov (25-4) and Alberto Francis (25-7). Kris Kwinta rounds out the group at 23-6. In doubles, Francis and Kwinta are the only duo to reach the 20-win mark, as they own an overall record of 20-7.

Winning Streaks . . .
UCLA's current seven match winning streak started with a 7-0 victory over ASU back on Mar. 11. The Bruins' longest streak of the season was nine matches, starting with the season opener and ending with a 4-2 loss to Virginia at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors. Individually, Chris Lam owns the longest current winning streak on the team, winning his last eight singles matches. In doubles, Benjamin Kohlloeffel and Philipp Gruendler have won six in a row.

Head Coach Billy Martin . . .
The 1996 ITA National Coach of the Year and UCLA's 1975 NCAA singles champion, Billy Martin, owns a 272-52 (.840) overall record and is currently in his 12th season as head coach at UCLA. In 11 season's, Martin has guided the Bruins to the national title match three times and has never had a team finish out of the top five at the NCAA Championships.

TEAM (April 5)
1. Baylor
2. Illinois
3. Virginia
4. Mississippi
5. Duke
6. UCLA
7. Florida
8. Pepperdine
9. Georgia
10. Texas Tech
11. Oklahoma St.
12. Washington
13. USC
14. Texas A&M
15. Mississippi St.
16. LSU
17. Tulane
18. Stanford
19. Kentucky
20. Texas A&M Corpus-Christi
21. Florida State
22. South Carolina
23. Middle Tennessee St.
24. Clemson
25. Tennessee

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Tucson, AZ
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Ojai, CA
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Ojai, CA
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Ojai, CA
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