May 9, 2000
LOS ANGELES, Ca. - For the third-straight year, the Los Angeles Tennis Center, home of the No. 2 UCLA men's tennis team (21-3), will be the site of first and second-round NCAA Regionals from May 13-14. The No. 2 UCLA men will take on the University of Missouri-Kansas City at Noon on Saturday, May 13. Making up the other two teams at the four-team regional will be Notre Dame and New Mexico State. Those two teams will face off at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. The men's final will take place on Sunday at Noon.
NCAA Regional Tournament Schedule at LATC
*Listed below is the complete LATC schedule for both the men's and women's
Friday, May 12:
(Women's Round of 64)
Match #1 Georgia Teach vs. Washington 10 am
Match #2 Boston University vs. UCLA 1 pm
Saturday, May 13
(Men's Round of 64) Match #1 New Mexico State vs. Notre Dame 9 am
Match #2 UMKC vs. UCLA 12 pm
(Women's Round of 32) Match #3 Winner of #1 vs. Winner of #2 3 pm
Sunday, May 14
(Men's Round of 32) Match #3 Winner of #1 vs. Winner of #2 12 pm
Bruins in the NCAA Individual Championships:
Three UCLA men's tennis players were selected to participate in the NCAA individual championship tournament, held in Athens, GA from May 24-28. UCLA had three at-large selections in singles as Jean-Noel Grinda, Jong-Min Lee and Brandon Kramer all received bids. In doubles, Kramer and Lee, who are currently ranked No. 2 in the nation, received an automatic doubles selection.
NCAA Championships Selection Process:
The selection of teams and individuals for the Division I Men's Tennis Championships is based on won-lost record, strength of schedule and eligibility and availability of student-athletes. Each region receives automatic entry for four singles players and two doubles teams. The seeds for the individual championships will be available on Tuesday, May 23.
NCAA Championship Structure:
- The NCAA Division I men's tennis championships consist of single-elimination team and individual championships. In NCAA men's tennis
dual matches, the three doubles matches count for one point total and are
played first followed by the six singles matches. Each singles match counts
for one point, with the best of three sets winning the match and a 12-point
tie breaker at six games all. The team winner is determined by the first
team to reach four points.
- This year marks the second straight year that the NCAA Tennis Championships
bracket consists of 64 teams, meaning that all participants will compete in
the first round. Regionals consist of four teams each at 16 sites throughout
the country. The winners of those 16 Regionals will advance to the NCAA Team
Championships at the University of Georgia in Athens, May 20-28.
- The individual championship tournament is comprised of 64-singles and 32-doubles teams which begin play directly following the conclusion of the team championship. The first round of singles and a round of doubles will be played on Wednesday, May 24. Two more rounds of singles and a round of doubles will be played on Thursday, May 25. Quarterfinal action is slated for Friday, May 26, semifinals for the 27th and the individual singles and doubles finals will be on Sunday, May 28.
UCLA's NCAA Tournament History:
UCLA is the only team to compete in every NCAA Championship since 1977 when the team dual-match format began. Since then, the Bruins have reached the championship final nine times, winning three titles and finishing as runner-up five times. Altogether, the Bruins own 15 NCAA men's tennis titles dating back to 1950 and most recently in 1984 and have also finished as runner-up 12 times. In addition, UCLA players have won nine singles and 11 doubles championships. Head coach Billy Martin was the last UCLA player to claim a singles title when he won it in 1975. The team of Justin Gimelstob and Srdjan Muskatirovic claimed the Bruins' most recent title by winning the doubles championship in 1996.
Bruins Retain No. 2 Ranking:
UCLA continues to hold the No. 2 slot in the latest edition of the ITA national team rankings released on May 3. In the individual rankings also released on May 3, the Bruins have four singles players and two doubles teams listed. Leading the way with a No. 27 singles ranking is senior Jong-Min Lee. Senior Brandon Kramer and junior All-American Jean-Noel Grinda are listed in the Top 50 at No. 38 and No. 47, respectively. Rounding out the list of nationally ranked Bruins is freshman Jean-Julien Rojer, who comes in at No. 64. In doubles, the team of Kramer and Lee vaulted to No. 2 in the latest poll after winning the doubles final at the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai on April 30. Also ranked among the nation's top in doubles is the tandem of Grinda and Rojer, which is listed at No. 41.
Bruins are NCAA Team Runner-Ups:
Armed with a No. 1 final regular-season national ranking and a top-seed entering the 1999 NCAA Team Championships, the UCLA men's tennis team was a heavy favorite to capture the program's 16th NCAA Title. At the NCAA Regionals, the host Bruins opened with a 4-0 win over Western Michigan and then went on to defeat San Diego State 4-1. After advancing to the NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga., UCLA had no trouble making it to the finals, posting convincing wins over Virginia Tech (4-1), Florida (4-1) and LSU (4-1). But in the championship game, the underdog Georgia, inspired by a home crowd of over 5, 000, shocked the top-ranked Bruins 4-3 in one of the closest and most entertaining NCAA finals ever played.
More Last Year
Bruins' Individual Results:
- Four Bruins qualified to compete in the individual portion of the championships in 1999. Jean-Noel Grinda competed in both the singles and doubles draws along with his partner, Jong-Min Lee. Also competing in the doubles draw was Jason Cook and Brandon Kramer.
- In singles, Grinda fell 7-6(4), 1-6, 4-6 in the first round to Florida's Nathan Overholser. In doubles, Grinda and Lee opened with a 6-3, 6-3 win over UNLV's Skorin and Zivcovic before being eliminated by eventual champions Hippensteel and Wolters. Cook and Kramer ousted Virginia's team of Montgomery and Vahaly 6-4, 6-4 before losing to USC's Gottesleben and Kukal 7-6(6), 6-3 in the second round.
Contacting The Bruins:
UCLA Media Relations Intern Colette Jue will handle all interview requests for the men's tennis team. In addition, media and photography credentials for the NCAA Regional may be obtained by working press by contacting her at 310-206-7870. All requests should be submitted at least 24 hours in advance.
2000 NCAA Championships Results:
Results for the NCAA Regionals and NCAA Championships can be accessed at www.ncaachampionships.com
Bruins are Pac-10 Runner-Ups
Last year's Pac-10 co-Champions, UCLA closed out conference play with a 6-1 record to fall just one game shy of the title. Stanford finished Pac-10 play with a perfect 7-0 mark to capture the title for the third straight year, while USC came in at third with a 5-2 record.
Showing Their Depth
Bruins Shine In Ojai:
- UCLA claimed three titles in Ojai at the Pac-10 Individual Championships as the No. 2 ranked team in the nation demonstrated its depth. For the second straight year, the Bruins claimed both doubles titles and the Invitational division singles crown.The Pac-10 Championships provided a good preview of the upcoming NCAA Championships, as the two top teams in the nation, No. 1 Stanford and No. 2 UCLA dominated the tournament and continually went head-to-head. When it was all said and done, UCLA and Stanford earned a share of the Thatcher Cup after both teams recorded 12 match wins each in Ojai.
- The lower half of the UCLA lineup dominated the field of the Pac-10 Invitational tournament as all four Bruin players battled in the quarterfinals. Although three Stanford players defeated three UCLA players to reach the semifinals, Bruin freshman Erfan Djahangiri came out the winner, defeating Stanford's David Martin 7-5, 7-6(5) in the semis and Stanford's Ali Ansari 6-1, 6-2 in the finals. UCLA continued to dominate the Cardinal as the freshmen duo of Lassi Ketola and Travis Rettenmaier claimed the Invitational doubles title, posting a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Stanford's Ali Ansari and Scotty Scott in the finals.
- In the Pac-10 Championship portion, the Bruins showed their strength in doubles as the team of Brandon Kramer and Jong-Min Lee claimed a 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory over Oregon's Carter and Eisinga in the title match. The win marked Lee's second consecutive Pac-10 doubles title. Last year, he and Jean-Noel Grinda earned the title after defeating UCLA's Jason Cook and Kramer in the finals. In singles play, freshman Jean-Julien Rojer reached the semifinals before dropping a 6-4, 6-1 match to Stanford's Alex Kim.
UCLA's Home Court Advantage
UCLA finished the regular-season home portion of the 2000 schedule with only one loss to powerhouse Pepperdine. The loss snapped the LATC's 22-match home win streak. Last year, the Bruins went undefeated at home. Prior to its loss to Pepperdine, UCLA's last loss at home came on April 18, 1998 to then-No. 1 ranked Stanford (1-6) and was its only home setback of the 1998 season.
About the NCAA Regional Opponents:
- The UMKC men's tennis team returns to the NCAA Division I Championships for
the second consecutive year. The Kangaroos earned an automatic bid to the
tournament for the second straight year by virtue of winning the
Mid-Continent Conference post-season championship. In 1999, the Kangaroos
made their first trip to the NCAA tournament and were defeated by Southern
California 4-0 in a first round match at Fresno, Calif. The Kangaroos, 12-10
overall and 6-0 in Mid-Con play, also captured the league's regular season
title for the second straight year.
- The 42nd ranked New Mexico State Aggies are currently 15-5 and finished
second in the Big West Conference after falling 4-0 to Boise State in the
finals of the Big West Championship on April 30. New Mexico State is making
its second NCAA appearance, having lost its first match in the NCAA
Regionals in 1997. The Aggies are expected to start 77th-ranked and
first-team All-Big West selection Marc Legris at the No. 1 position.
Second-team All-Big West honoree Cesar Obieta will play in the No. 2 slot.
Jens Bolleyer will be at No. 3 and Felix Hutt will play in the No. 4
position. Rounding out singles will be Alvaro Dominguez at No. 5 position
and Ben Newcombe at No. 6. The 39th-ranked tandem of Legris and Obieta will
play the No. 1 position for the Aggies. The first-team All-Big West doubles
team posted a 22-6 record on the season. Bolleyer and Newcombe are in the
No. 2 slot and Hutt and Dominguez will handle the No. 3 double position.
- Notre Dame is making its 10th consecutive appearance in the NCAAs. The Irish earned at at-large selection into the NCAA Championships with a 12-10 record. Ninth-ranked Ryan Sachire will lead the Fighting Irish in singles. Sachire currently stands at 30-7 on the season and has been selected to compete in the 64-player NCAA singles championship. The doubles team of Javier Taborga and Aaron Talarico are ranked 29th by the ITA and have been chosen to play in the 32-team doubles championships.