Jan. 31, 2005
Bruins to Host Three California Teams . . .
The second-ranked UCLA men's tennis team (4-0) will host three non-conference opponents this week beginning with UC Santa Barbara (2-0) on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. Following that contest, UCLA will make up a previously scheduled match with UC Irvine (1-2) on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. The Bruins and Anteaters were originally supposed to play last Friday, although the match was postponed due to rain. UCLA rounds out the week on Friday, hosting San Diego State (2-1) at 1:30 p.m. The Bruins' all-time record against these three schools is a combined 78-3. Fans unable to attend UCLA home matches can follow the live scores online by clicking HERE.
Bruins Begin Shutout Streak . . .
With its a 7-0 decison over BYU on Jan. 26, UCLA posted its fourth shutout in a row to start the season, marking only the third time in the last 25 years that a Bruin squad has accomplished that feat. UCLA's 1987 team posted four shutouts before surrending a point against Pepperdine in its next match. No UCLA team after 1981 has began a season with five-straight shutouts.
Pampoulov Yet to Lose a Match . . .
Senior Luben Pampoulov has not lost a singles match since last year's NCAA Championships, posting an 18-0 record since the fall. He has captured singles titles at three tournaments, including the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational, the Southern California Intercollegiates and the Sherwood Collegiate Cup. In addition, he has started 3-0 in dual-match play.
UCLA in the ITA Rankings . . .
UCLA begins the year ranked No. 2 behind defending NCAA Champion Baylor in the ITA Team Rankings released on Jan. 11. Florida, Georgia and Illinois round out the top-5. Individually, Benjamin Kohlloeffel is the highest ranked Bruin, checking in at No. 8 nationally. He is followed by No. 14 Luben Pampoulov, No. 39 Alberto Francis, No. 62 Chris Lam and No. 99 Kris Kwinta. In doubles, Francis and Kwinta are ranked sixth. The next team rankings will be released tomorrow. Individual rankings will not be released again until Feb. 22.
Head Coach Billy Martin . . .
In 11 seasons as head coach in Westwood, Billy Martin has earned an impressive 257-50 (.837) overall record since taking over in 1994 following the retirement of Glenn Bassett. He has guided the Bruins to five Pac-10 titles, including three second-place finishes at the NCAA Championships. In addition to nine 20-win seasons, he has never had a team finish lower than fifth at the NCAAs.