March 31, 2003
Up Next . . .
Coming off a strong showing this past weekend in Arizona, the fourth-ranked UCLA men's tennis team will be in action again this week when the Bruins travel to the Bay Area for a pair of matches against No. 7 Cal and No. 6 Stanford. On Friday, UCLA will face Cal (14-2; 2-0 Pac-10) at 1:30 p.m. The Bruins lead the all-time series 68-8. In one of the biggest rivalries in college tennis, UCLA and Stanford (14-2; 2-0 Pac-10) will do battle on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The Bruins lead that series 46-44. Both matches this week will not count in the Pac-10 standings. The conference matches will not be until both schools visit the Los Angeles Tennis Center later this month.
Matkowski, Rojer Playing Davis Cup This Weekend . . .
Marcin Matkowski and Jean-Julien Rojer will be unavailable to play this weekend due to commitments with their respective Davis Cup squads. Matkowski will be in South Africa representing Poland in its tie vs. South Africa. Rojer will be helping the Netherlands-Antilles in its match vs. Haiti in Curacao. Both are expected to be available for UCLA's showdown with Oregon on Apr. 11.
Bruins on Five-Match Win Streak . . .
Since dropping its only match of the year against No. 6 Florida at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors back on Feb. 22, UCLA has won five in a row. The Bruins have posted convincing victories over Virginia, No. 17 USC, San Diego State, Arizona and Arizona State. Prior to that loss back in Feb., UCLA had won 11 in a row.
Six Bruins Listed in ITA Individual Rankings . . .
All six of UCLA's regular starters were ranked in singles when the latest ITA Rankings were released on Mar. 26. Leading the group was junior Tobias Clemens who checked in at No. 9 nationally. Other Bruin players ranked in singles included: No. 40 Erfan Djahangiri, No. 41 Marcin Matkowski, No. 44 Chris Lam, No. 93 Rodrigo Grilli and No. 99 Lassi Ketola. UCLA currently has two doubles teams ranked, as Matkowski/Grilli are ranked No. 9 in the nation and Clemens/Ketola check in at No. 37. New individual rankings will not be released again until Apr. 9.
Bruins Fall to No. 4 Nationally . . .
Despite not dropping a match, UCLA fell one spot to No. 4 in the latest computer rankings released on Mar. 26. The top two remained the same with Illinois holding on to the No. 1 spot and Florida remaining at No. 2, despite losing to Duke last week. Baylor, who had been ranked No. 4 behind UCLA, jumped up to No. 3. New team rankings are released every Wednesday.
ITA Top-25 (3/26) 1. Illinois 2. Florida 3. Baylor 4. UCLA 5. Mississippi 6. Stanford 7. Cal 8. Vanderbilt 9. Washington 10. Texas A&M 11. Duke 12. Kentucky 13. Minnesota 14. Georgia Tech 15. VCU 16. Alabama 17. Texas 18. South Carolina 19. Georgia 20. LSU 21. Virginia 22. Pepperdine 23. Indiana 24. Rice 25. Miami
Djahangiri's Streak Comes to an End . . .
Heading into Saturday's match with ASU, senior Erfan Djahangiri was the only undefeated Bruin in dual-match play at 13-0. His streak, however, came to an end in that match as he fell to Chris Letcher, 6-4, 7-6(7) at No. 3 singles. With an overall record of 22-4 this season, Djahangiri has been on of UCLA's top players and has climbed to No. 40 in the current ITA singles ranking. Against Ohio State back on Feb. 7, he recorded his 100th career singles victory and currently owns an overall record of 107-31.
Head Coach Billy Martin . . .
The 1996 ITA National Coach of the Year and UCLA's 1975 NCAA singles champion, Billy Martin, owns a 222-41 (.844) record in his 10th season as head coach at UCLA. He has led the Bruins into the NCAA Tournament in each of his nine seasons, guiding the team to six top-4 finishes, including trips to the finals in 1996 and '99. UCLA has also won four Pac-10 titles during his tenure. Inducted into the ITA Tennis Hall of Fame in 1996, Martin's playing career is full of highlights. To this very day he is still regarded as one of the best junior players in the history of the sport. He captured the 1973 and '74 singles titles at the Junior Wimbledon, Junior U.S. Open and Junior Orange Bowl tournaments. Just this past year, Inside Tennis Magazine ran an article that named him "Junior Player of the Century."