March 19, 2001
This Week ... Bruins Have Week Off
The top-ranked UCLA men's tennis team will take a brief hiatus from competition to take final examinations and will return to competition on Wednesday, March 28 to take on Cal Poly SLO and USC on Friday, Mar. 30 at LATC. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 1:30 pm.
Bruins In ITA National Rankings...
The Bruins continued to be the top-ranked team in the nation on the latest ITA rankings released on Feb. 28. UCLA received all eight first-place votes from the ITA National Ranking Committee for 600 points. Stanford remains at No. 2, followed by Duke, TCU, Texas A&M, Washington, Tennessee, Georgia, Texas and Mississippi in the top 10.
In individual rankings released on March 9th, Jean-Julien Rojer moved up several places and is now ranked No. 8 in singles. Other Bruins ranked nationally include: Jean-Noel Grinda No. 55, Tobias Clemens, No. 65, Erfan Djahangiri, No. 76, and Lassi Ketola, No. 86. Travis Rettenmaier moved back into the rankings at No. 94. In doubles the tandem of Grinda and Rojer are ranked No. 9.
The top-ranked UCLA Bruins tennis team improved to 14-0 after picking up a pair of victories over Kentucky, 7-0 on Tuesday (Mar. 13) and No. 10 Pepperdine, 6-1 on Thursday (Mar. 15).
UCLA swept all the doubles matches to earn the first point of the match. At No. 1, the tandem of Rojer and Grinda defeated Edo Bowano and Johan Grunditz 8-5 to clinch the doubles point for the Bruins.
The Bruins were equally impressive in singles, as UCLA took all six matches. Djahangiri clinched the victory at No. 4, winning in straight sets over Gustav Pousette, 6-3, 6-4.
Pepperdine started the match in quick fashion as the Waves took the match at No. 1 as the tandem of Al Garland and Stefan Suter, ranked No. 21 in the latest ITA pools, upset Grinda and Rojer, the country's No. 9 ranked team, 8-5. The Bruins rebounded at No. 2 as Marcin Matkowski and Rettenmaier downed Pepperdine's Chase Exon and Al Garland, who are ranked No. 38, 8-4.
UCLA clinched the doubles point at No. 3 as Djahangiri and Ketola defeated Carl-Henrik Hansen and Ryan Redondo, 8-5.
The Bruins continued their momentum in singles as Rojer defeated Garland in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4 at No. 1. UCLA won the match at No. 4 and at No. 6 as both Djahangiri and Rettenmaier completed their matches simultaneously. Djahangiri defeated Pepperdine's Hansen, 7-6(4), 7-5, while Rettenmaier also won in straight sets, defeating Gerold Wiring, 6-2, 6-4.
Pepperdine's lone point of the match came at No. 2 as Suter downed Grinda in straight sets by identical scores of 7-5.
After the matches against Cal Poly SLO and `SC, the Bruins will continue their homestand at LATC and face Stanford on Friday, (Apr. 6) and California the following day (Apr. 7). Friday's match will begin at 1:30, while Saturday's contest is scheduled to begin at noon.