April 19, 2005
Bruins Head to Pac-10 Championships . . .
Coming off a thrilling 5-2 victory over cross-town rival USC to close out the regular season last Friday, the No. 6-ranked UCLA men's tennis team now turns its attention to the Pac-10 Championships, April 21-24 in Ojai, Calif. The Pac-10s are an individual event, featuring two 32-player singles draws (Pac-10 Main and Pac-10 Invite), as well as two 16-player doubles draws (Main and Invite). Competing in this year's main singles draw are: Luben Pampoulov, Kris Kwinta, Chris Lam and Alberto Francis. The main doubles draw will feature Francis/Kwinta and Gruendler/Benjamin Kohlloeffel. Playing in the invitational draw are: Gruendler, Mathieu Dehaine and Jeremy Drean. Lam and Dehaine will be competing in the invite doubles draw. Updated draws can be accessed by visiting www.ojaitourney.org. Lam turned in the best singles performance of any Bruin in the main draw last season, reaching the semifinals.
Recently at the Pac-10s . . .
UCLA players have won two out of the last three main draw singles titles at Ojai, as Rodrigo Grilli and Marcin Matkowski were winners in 2002 and 2003 respectively. In doubles, Matkowski and Jean-Julien Rojer won it all in 2002. UCLA players have also won the last two Pac-10 Invitational singles titles, as Alberto Francis (2003) and Chris Surapol (2004) were back-to-back winners.
UCLA and Washington Share 2005 Pac-10 Title . . .
For the second time in as many years, UCLA has earned a share of the Pac-10 title, this time joining Washington as the only two teams to finish the season with 6-1 records. The Bruins' only loss was a 4-3 upset against Cal on April 8. The Huskies dropped a 5-0 decision to UCLA back on April 1 for their only defeat. The Bruins, who also shared the title with USC last year, have won the Pac-10 in three out of the last four seasons (2002, 2004 and 2005).
Bruins Down Trojans in Regular-Season Finale . . .
After dropping a 4-3 decision to USC earlier in the year, UCLA got one when it mattered most, posting a 5-2 victory over the Trojans in the Pac-10 counting match between the two teams last Friday at the LATC. The match wasn't nearly as close as the previous meeting, with UCLA moving out to a 4-0 lead before USC even got on the board. The Bruins won the doubles point and had singles victories from Luben Pampoulov, Kris Kwinta, Alberto Francis and Philipp Gruendler. The Bruins pushed their home winning streak over the Trojans to 15 in a row, last losing back in 1991. The victory also gave UCLA 2.5 points in the all-sport race for the Lexus Gauntlet Trophy.
Bruins Up to No. 6 . . .
Following its win over No. 19 USC last week, UCLA moved up a spot to No. 6 in this week's ITA Team Rankings released on Tuesday. Individual 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 (No. 6 Luben Pampoulov and No. 8 Benjamin Kohlloeffel). Three other Bruins are also ranked, including No. 65 Kris Kwinta, No. 74 Philipp Gruendler and No. 88 Alberto Francis. In doubles, Francis and Kwinta are ranked 21st, followed by Gruendler and Kohlloeffel at No. 42. Although they have not teamed together recently, Kohlloeffel and Pampoulov check in at No. 46. New team and individual rankings will be released next Tuesday.
Statistically Speaking . . .
Benjamin Kohlloeffel leads the Bruins in singles victories, owning a 36-7 overall record, including an 19-4 mark in dual matches. The next highest win total is 28, held by Alberto Francis, who is 28-7 overall. Luben Pampoulov is third at 26-6. In doubles, Francis and Kris Kwinta are the only duo to reach the 20-win mark, as they own an overall record of 22-8.
Winning Streaks . . .
The Bruins started the season with a nine-match winning streak and recently had a seven match winning streak snapped following a loss to Cal on April 8. In singles play, Alberto Francis owns the longest current streak on the team, winning his last eight matches. In doubles, Chris Lam and Luben Pampoulov have won seven in a row since first joining up back on Mar. 25.
ITA TEAM RANKINGS (April 19) 1. Baylor 2. Virginia 3. Mississippi 4. Illinois 5. Florida 6. UCLA 7. Pepperdine 8. Duke 9. Georgia 10. Texas Tech 11. Kentucky 12. LSU 13. Washington 14. Texas A&M 15. Oklahoma St. 16. USC 17. Wake Forest 18. So. Carolina 19. Tulane 20. Mississippi State 21. Stanford 22. Cal 23. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 24. Ohio State 25. Florida State