Men's Tennis Concludes Regular-Season Duals In Bay Area

April 14, 1999

This Week The final regular-season dual-match roadtrip has the Bruins traveling to the Bay Area to face the University of California and Stanford for the second time in three weeks. UCLA plays at Cal on Friday, April 16 at 1:30 p.m, then at Stanford on Saturday, April 17 at Noon. These matches do not count in the Pac-10 Conference standings.

Latest Rankings Bruins Retain No. 1 Ranking UCLA continues to hold the No. 1 slot in the latest edition of the ITA national rankings released on April 6. The Bruins have one individual listed among the top-15 in singles and two more among the top-100. In addition, two UCLA teams are among the top-20 in doubles. Leading the way in singles is sophomore Jean-Noel Grinda who slipped afew notches to No. 11. Rounding out the Bruins in the singles rankings are senior Jason Cook who jumped to No. 84 and junior Brandon Kramer who is climbed to No. 95. Cook and Kramer are the Bruins top-doubles team listed No. 10 in the nation, while the team of Grinda and junior Jong-Min Lee are currently No. 20. The current ITA National Rankings reflect results through March 29 and the next edition will be released on Tuesday, April 20, based on results through April 12.

About This Week's Opponents Cal & Stanford Listed No. 52 in the latest edition of the national rankings, Cal enters the week with a 7-9 overall record and finished 2-2 in Pac-10 action. The Golden Bears do not have players listed in the national singles or doubles rankings, but Chris Santoso and Adrian Barnes lead the way as the top-two singles players and the No. 1 doubles team. UCLA leads this all-time series 63-6 after posting a 6-1 win at home on April 3 this season. UCLA leads this all-time series 63-6 after posting a 6-1 win at home on April 3.

Ranked No. 9 in the nation, Stanford enters the week with an 15-2 overall record and tied with UCLA with a 6-1 Pac-10 mark. The Cardinal play host to USC on Friday at 1:30 before meeting UCLA on Saturday at Noon. Four Stanford players are ranked among the nation's top-50 in singles, including two among the top-20, and two doubles teams among the top-25. Senior captain Ryan Wolters is playing in the top-slot and is listed No. 4 in the nation. Rookie K.J. Hippensteel is currently listed No. 19 in singles and is followed by No. 40 Geoff Abrams and No. 46 Alex Kim. The tandem of Wolters and Hippensteel recently slipped to the No. 6 doubles ranking, while the duo of Abrams and Kim dropped to No. 21. Last year, UCLA lost three matches to Stanford, including a quarterfinal NCAA Championship match, but was one of few teams to claim a point from the national champions. UCLA leads the all-time series with Stanford 43-38 after posting a 5-2 victory earlier this season (April 2) at home.

UCLA Notables Bruins Go Undefeated At Home In 1999 UCLA finished the home portion of the regular-season schedule undefeated. This marks the first time since 1996 that the Bruins went undefeated at the Los Angeles Tennis Center and improves the current LATC win streak to 15 matches. UCLA's last loss at home came on April 18, 1998 to then-No. 1 ranked Stanford (1-6) and was its only home setback of the 1998 season.

Last Week's Action Rain vs. A&M, Wins Over Oregon & UW The match scheduled to be played on Tuesday, April 6 against No. 21 Texas A&M was cancelled due to rain and will not be rescheduled. On Friday, the Bruins defeated the University of Oregon 6-1 by sweeping singles action after dropping the doubles point. UCLA finished its home schedule undefeated by handling the University of Washington 5-2 on Saturday.

Next Up Pac-10 Individual Championships In Ojai The Bruins head to Ojai to compete in the Pac-10 Conference Individual Championships April 22-25. This is the 99th annual Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament and the 89th time the Pac-10 schools have competed at the event. Last year UCLA's Jason Cook won the Invitational portion of the Pac-10 competition, while the Bruins' doubles team of Matt Breen and Jean-Noel Grinda reached the semifinals of the Pac-10 Championships.

UCLA MTN Quick Facts

  • Current Team Rank: Tie No. 1 - Spring #3 (4/6)
  • Team's Dual Match Record: 20-1
  • Pac-10 Record: 6-1
  • Head Coach: Billy Martin (6th season)
  • Current Career Dual-match Record: 130-26
  • Last Year's Record: 17-8 overall, 5-2 Pac-10
  • Final 1998 Team Ranking: Nation - 7

    Bruins' Lineup w/Records

    Pos.    Name             Dual    Overall
    1S  Jean-Noel Grinda     16-4     23-5
    2S  Jason Cook           15-6     16-7
    3S  Zack Fleishman       13-7    19-12
    4S  Jong-Min Lee         11-2     17-5
    5S  Brandon Kramer       16-2     26-7
    6S  Chris Sands          13-4     20-8
    7S  Marcin Rozpedski     12-1     12-1
    8S  Noah Newman           1-0      7-4
    1D  Cook / Kramer        16-5     21-7
    2D  Grinda / Lee         14-4     17-6
    3D  Rozpedski / Sands    12-3     14-4
    Bruins In The 98-99 ITA National Rankings 
    Bruins In The 98-99 ITA National Rankings 
    Team            Fall/S1/S2/S3
    UCLA            t5 / 1 / 1  1

    Doubles PS /F/W/S1/S2/S3 Cook/Kramer -/ 9/7/ 6/ 10

    Grinda/Lee 23/ID/25/19/20

    Singles PS /F/ W /S1/S2/S3 Cook 63/ NA/98/t100/84 Fleishman 85/66/t100/ / Grinda 10/ID/14/11/ 8/ 11 Lee 36 / / / / Kramer / t92/ /88/99/95

    1999 UCLA Men's Tennis Schedule/Results
    Date    Opponent (Rank) Site                     Time
                                     Results        Score
    Jan. 13 FRESNO STATE (22)           W             7-0
    Jan. 15-17  at National Collegiate Tennis Classic   NTR 
    Jan. 22 TULANE (t28)                W             7-0
    Jan. 26 UC IRVINE (67)        Cancelled due to Rain
    Jan. 29 at Arizona* (t45)           W             6-1
    Jan. 30 at Arizona State* (17)      L             3-4
    Feb. 2  NEW MEXICO (56)             W             6-1
    Feb. 10 U SAN DIEGO (73)            W             7-0
    Feb. 12 USC* (15)                   W             5-2
    Feb. 16 at Washington (18)          W             5-2
    Feb. 18 vs. SMU (t10)               W             5-2
    Feb. 19 at Washington (18)          W             4-3
    Feb. 20 vs. Duke (t10)              W             4-2
    Feb. 21 vs. Illinois (t5)           W             5-2
    Feb. 27 RICE (49)                   W             6-1
    Mar. 3  at USC (15)                 W             6-1
    Mar. 5-7    at Pacific Coast Doubles    NTR 
    Mar. 12 ARIZONA STATE (t13)         W             5-2
    Mar. 13 ARIZONA  (52)               W             7-0
    Mar. 17 MIAMI (t43)                 W             6-1
    Apr. 2  STANFORD* (4)               W             5-2
    Apr. 3  CAL* (31)                   W             6-1
    Apr. 6  TEXAS A&M (21)  Cancelled due to Rain   
    Apr. 9  OREGON* (NR)                W             6-1
    Apr. 10 WASHINGTON* (15)            W             5-2
    Apr. 16 at California   Berkeley, CA             1:30
    Apr. 17 at Stanford Stanford, CA                 Noon
    Apr. 22-25  at Pac-10 Conf. Championships   Ojai, CA    All Day
    May 14-16   at NCAA Regionals                       TBD All Day
    May 22-30   at NCAA Championships   Athens, GA          All Day
    All home matches in BOLD ALL CAPS; 
    LATC Los Angeles Tennis Center; * Pac-10 counting matches, 
    All times local to match site and subject to change

    UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
    Friday, Apr 01
    vs. Stanford
    Los Angeles, CA
    W, 4 - 1
    Saturday, Apr 02
    vs. California
    Los Angeles, CA
    W, 4 - 2
    Friday, Apr 08
    at Arizona
    Tucson, AZ
    W, 4 - 0
    Sunday, Apr 10
    at Utah
    Salt Lake City, UT
    W, 4 - 0
    Thursday, Apr 14
    vs. UC San Diego
    Los Angeles, CA
    W, 7 - 0
    Sunday, Apr 17
    at USC
    Los Angeles, CA
    W, 4 - 2
    Friday, Apr 22
    vs. Stanford
    Ojai, CA
    W, 4 - 1
    Saturday, Apr 23
    vs. California
    Ojai, CA
    W, 4 - 1
    Friday, May 13
    vs. Weber State
    Los Angeles, CA
    W, 4 - 0
    Saturday, May 14
    vs. San Diego
    Los Angeles, CA
    W, 4 - 0
    Friday, May 20
    vs. Stanford
    Tulsa, OK
    W, 4 - 2
    Sunday, May 22
    vs. Oklahoma
    Tulsa, OK
    L, 3 - 4