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UCLA Men's Tennis To Compete In Pacific Coast Doubles Tournament
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  02/29/2000

Feb. 29, 2000

LOS ANGELES - UCLA men's tennis (11-2 overall, 3-0 Pac-10) will send doubles teams to compete in the Pacific Coast Doubles Tournament this week, which will be held at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club in San Diego from March 2-5. The teams of Jean-Noel Grinda/Jong-Min Lee, Travis Rettenmaier/Lassi Ketola, Alan Bohane/Erfan Djahangiri and possibly Brandon Kramer/Julien Rojer will be competing at the tournament. Kramer and Rojer are questionable this week due to injuries.

Latest Rankings - Bruins Move up to No. 7 Nationally

UCLA moved up from No. 8 to No. 7 in the latest ITA National Rankings, which were released on Wednesday, Feb. 23. In the ITA Individual Rankings which were released on February 16, Brandon Kramer made his return to the singles poll, coming in at No. 48, while newcomer Jean-Julien Rojer made his ITA debut tied for No. 80. Senior Jong-Min Lee is tied for No. 95, while junior Chris Sands dropped from No. 53 in the last ITA poll to No. 80. In doubles, the Kramer/Lee duo is ranked No. 39. UCLA vs. Kentucky

Three Kentucky men's tennis players won their singles matches, but it wasn't enough as then-No. 8 UCLA defeated the Wildcats, 5-3 last Tuesday.

In singles action, UCLA's Jong-Min Lee upset Carlos Drada, who is ranked No. 11 in the nation, 6-3, 6-2. Bruin co-captain Brandon Kramer bested Johan Hesoun at the No. 2 position, 6-1, 7-5. At the No. 3 position, Bruin freshman Jean-Julien Rojer defeated Johan Grunditz 4-6, 6-0, 10-7. Gustav Pousette downed UCLA's Lassi Ketola at the No. 4 position in two sets, 6-3, 6-2. At the No. 5 position, Edo Bawono took three sets to beat Bruin freshman Efran Djahangiri, 6-4, 4-6, 10-8. In the No. 6 position, freshman Jorge Mario Escallo defeated UCLA's Chris Sands, 7-6, 7-6, in his third dual match of the season.

Using the new ITA scoring format, the Bruins won two points rather than the usual one point for sweeping the doubles action. This change, implemented at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships, was used at this match to prepare for the tournament. UCLA at the National Team Indoors

The seventh-ranked UCLA Bruins showcased their talent at the National Team Indoors last week and almost exceeded expectations, reaching the finals before falling short against No. 2 Stanford, 4-3. Last year's Indoors champions, the top-seeded Bruins were without the services of their top singles player, All-American Jean-Noel Grinda, who has not played singles in 12 of 13 matches due to back and shoulder injuries. Stanford, too, was without its top singles player, No. 3 K.J. Hippensteel, who was out with mono. The match came down to the No. 1 position, where Stanford's Alex Kim, ranked No. 2 in the nation, defeated Jong-Min Lee 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-4) to break a 3-3 tie and clinch Stanford's 11th title at this event.

Before reaching the finals, the Bruins knocked off No. 23 Harvard 8-0 and upset the well-fueled No. 4 Florida 7-1 and No. 3 Duke 5-2. Throughout the tournament, UCLA did not drop even one doubles point and twice swept doubles play.

UCLA has won three of the last five tournaments. In total, UCLA has won the event six times, second only to Stanford's 11. Both teams have met in the Team Indoor final on four occasions, with UCLA winning in 1995 and '84 and Stanford winning this year's title and the inaugural tournament in 1973. Next Up

Next week the Bruins travel to Arizona for two Pac-10 conference games. On Friday, March 10, UCLA heads to Tempe to face off against Arizona State at 1:30 pm. The following day, the Bruins travel to Tucson to go head-to-head with Arizona at noon.

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