Jan. 23, 2001
The third-ranked UCLA men's tennis team kicks off the 2000 Pac-10 dual match season this weekend when it travels to Arizona. On Friday, January 26, UCLA will head to Tucson to face the No. 60 Arizona Wildcats at 1:30 pm. The following day, the Bruins travel to Tempe to take on the No. 52 Arizona State Sun Devils at noon.
About The Opponents
Friday will be the 47th meeting among the squads with UCLA holding a 46-0 advantage in the all-time series. Last season, Arizona finished with a 10-11 overall record and a 2-10 mark in conference play under 14-year head coach Bill Wright. The Cats return four letterwinners from last year's squad. The Wildcats began the 2001 season on a strong note by upsetting No. 46 New Mexico State 6-1 in their season opener last Friday (Jan. 20). The following day, the Cats improved to 2-0 on the season after ousting Santa Clara, 5-2. The Sun Devils have similar success against the same opponents as Arizona posted a pair of 6-1 victories over Santa Clara on Jan. 19 and New Mexico State on Jan. 21. Saturday's match will be the 52nd meeting, with UCLA winning 49 of the contests. Last season, Arizona State compiled an 8-10 overall record and finished eighth in Pac-10 play with a 1-6 record. Head coach Lou Belken begins his 20th year at the helm and returns two starters, Matt Klinger and Pim van Mele. Last Week...
The Bruins began the 2001 season on the homely confines of LATC and posted a 6-1 victory last Friday (Jan. 20) over No. 65 Brigham Young. The match was the season opener for both squads as UCLA notched its first win on the season, while BYU suffered it first setback.
UCLA, ranked No. 3 in the latest ITA poll, got off to a slow start by losing the first point of the day, dropping two of three in doubles. First off the court were UCLA's Travis Rettenmaier and Marcin Matkowski, who would not relinquish an early lead, defeating BYU's team of Eric Nyman and Jeff Olson, 8-2. The surprise of the day occurred when UCLA's number one doubles team of Jean-Noel Grinda and Jean-Julien Rojer was upset by BYU's Carlos Lozano and Gert Vilms, 8-6. With the doubles point on the line, UCLA's tandem of Tobias Clemens and Lassie Ketola dropped a tough match to the Cougars' Jeff Harbach and Anton Rudjuk, 9-7, to give BYU a 1-0 advantage.
In singles action the Bruins bounced back as all six players won in straight sets. No. 4 was the first to finish, as UCLA's Erfan Djahangiri defeated Michael Gysens 6-1, 6-0. Soon after, Rettenmaier handed Nyman a 6-2, 6-4 loss on court No. 6. Next off the court was Ketola as he defeated Harbach 6-1, 6-3. UCLA clinched the victory after Rojer defeated Vilms 6-1, 7-5 on court No. 1. Jean-Noel Grinda then took care of Carlos Lozano, 7-5, 6-3 on court No. 2. Tobias Clemens was the last to finish as he ousted Anton Rudjuk 7-5, 6-3.
After the dual matches in Arizona, Jean-Julien Rojer and Jean-Noel Grinda will participate in the ITA National championships in Dallas, TX (Feb. 1-4). UCLA will then return home to host Georgia Tech at LATC on Feb. 9.