March 2, 1999
This Week - UCLA Plays At USC & Pacific Coast Doubles
UCLA will attempt to complete a sweep in one of the best rivalries in college sports when it travels across town to play at USC on Wednesday, March 3. The match takes place at USC's Marks Tennis Stadium at 1:30 p.m. In addition, four UCLA doubles teams will compete in the Pacific Coast Doubles Tournament at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club this weekend.
Last Week - Bruins Win 6-1 Over Rice
In its first action since winning the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships, UCLA defeated No. 49 ranked Rice. The Bruins made a clean sweep in doubles play and won five of six singles matches in the 6-1 victory. The Bruins' No. 14 ranked Jean-Noel Grinda was impressive in a 6-3, 6-4 win over No. 17 ranked Efe Ustundag in the top slot. The 9th-ranked UCLA doubles team of Jason Cook and Brandon Kramer also posted an important win over the No. 18 ranked team of Ustundag and Shane Stone in the top doubles position.
About This Week's Opponent - Crosstown Rival USC
Ranked No. 15 in the nation, USC suffered its only loss of the season at UCLA on Feb. 12. The Trojans stand 9-1 overall and 2-1 in Pac-10 Conference action. Despite their top singles player, Patrick Gottesleben, being unranked, four USC singles players and one doubles team are listed in the latest edition of the national rankings. Tied for No. 50 are Andrew Park and Roman Kukal. Ryan Moore is tied for No. 77 and Nicholas Rainey is tied for the No. 91 slot. The doubles team of Moore and Rainey is listed No. 17.
Bruins vs. Trojans -This Year Between Individuals
Jean-Noel Grinda is 2-0 vs. the Trojans with wins over Roman Kukal (NCTC Final) and Patrick Gottesleben (dual). Zack Fleishman is 1-2 vs. USC players this season falling twice to Ryan Moore (SCIC-1st & dual) and defeating Gregg Hill (NCTC-1st). Fleishman's dual match with Moore was a three set, marathon victory in which he lost the second-set tiebreaker went 16-14 and fell 3-6, 7-6, 6-4. Jason Cook won a second-set tiebreaker over Andrew Park in the first dual meeting of the year. Brandon Kramer owns wins over Moore (ITA Regional-3rd) and Kukal (dual), but lost to Rainey (NCTC-2nd). Jong-Min Lee has not faced a USC player since becoming a Bruin. Chris Sands stands 2-1 against Trojans this season winning the last two meetings. Sands lost to Moore in a three-set, two-tiebreak marathon in the opening round of the ITA Regional, defeated Park in a three-setter (SCIC-Quarter) and Rainey in straight sets in the dual match. Marcin Rozpedski won his dual match with Gregg Hill in straight sets.
In doubles action, UCLA's top team of Grinda and Lee has suffered its first two losses at the hands of USC's team of Moore and Rainey. The Bruins duo of Cook and Kramer posted a dual win over Kukal/Gottesleben. The tandem of Rozpedski and Sands lost in a pro-set tiebreaker to Hill and Park as UCLA lost the doubles point for the first time in the dual match.
About The Tournament - Pacific Coast Doubles
Preliminary rounds of the Pacific Coast Doubles Tournament will be played on Thursday, March 4 and the main draw runs Friday through Sunday at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. Admission to the event is free. UCLA will be sending four teams to compete in the event. Representing the Bruins will be the three regular duos of Jean-Noel Grinda and Jong-Min Lee, Jason Cook and Brandon Kramer and Marcin Rozpedski and Chris Sands. In addition UCLA will send the team of Zack Fleishman and Xavier Luscan. The tournament draw will be released Wednesday.
UCLA Player Notables - Kramer Notches 20th Win
Brandon Kramer became the first Bruin to reach the 20-win mark this season as he improved to 20-6 overall. Kramer is also the only Bruin with over 2o doubles victories this season as he owns a 21-5 record. Despite playing with four different partners, Kramer stands 14-2 with current partner Jason Cook and the duo is ranked No. 9 in the nation. Kramer, along with Cook and Jean-Noel Grinda, each notched their 10th dual victory of the year to join sophomore Chris Sands in the double-digit win category for dual matches.
Next Up - Bruins' Long Homestand Begins
The Bruins start an eight-match homestand which spans a month of action.