March 29, 2004
Bruins Host Bay Area Schools This Week . . .
Following a two-week hiatus for finals and spring break, the No. 5-ranked UCLA men's tennis team (12-5; 2-1 Pac-10) will host the Bay Area schools this week. The action kicks off this Friday with Cal (5-10; 1-1 Pac-10) at the Los Angeles Tennis Center beginning at 1:30 p.m. The Bruins lead the all-time series, 69-9. Saturday will feature a battle of top-10 teams when No. 9 Stanford (11-3; 2-0 Pac-10) visits the LATC for a 1:00 p.m. start. The UCLA-Stanford showdown has been one of the best rivalries in college tennis, with the Cardinal owning a 47-45 all-time advantage in the series. Both of this week's matches, which will be the final two regular-season home contests of the year, will not count toward the Pac-10 standings.
Pampoulov to Make UCLA Debut This Friday . . .
Bruin junior Luben Pampoulov will play his first-ever dual match for UCLA against Cal this Friday. Pampoulov, a 6-1, left-hander from Dornbirn, Austria, arrived in Westwood last year but was forced to sit out due to NCAA eligibility requirements.
Bruins Debut at No. 5 in First Computer Rankings . . .
UCLA checked in at No. 5 in the nation when the first computer rankings of the season were released on Mar. 23. The Bruins were previously ranked No. 8 in the voting polls, however the computer rankings have now taken over. Individual rankings were also released on Mar. 23, with UCLA featuring five singles players and one doubles team. Headlining the group is fifth-ranked Tobias Clemens. He is followed by Alberto Francis (#60), Chris Lam (#62), Kris Kwinta (#78) and Philipp Gruendler (#98). In doubles, Francis and Kwinta check in at No. 20.
ITA Top-25 (3/23) 1. Illinois 2. Baylor 3. USC 4. Mississippi 5. UCLA 6. Rice 7. VCU 8. Duke 9. Stanford 10. Florida 11. TCU 12. Georgia 13. LSU 14. Virginia 15. Harvard 16. Kentucky 17. Vanderbilt 18. Ohio State 19. North Carolina 20. Texas A&M 21. Tennessee 22. Washington 23. Pepperdine 24. Arizona 25. Florida State
Clemens Ranks Among UCLA's All-Time Best . . .
With his victory against SDSU on Mar. 16, senior Tobias Clemens reached the 30-win mark for the third year in a row. Clemens, who owns a career record of 116-29, posted 34 singles victories in his sophomore year and 33 as a junior a year ago. He is currently 30-4 on the season.
Career Singles Victories of Recent Four-Year Players TobiasClemens: 116-29 ErfanDjahangiri: 115-35 Robert Janecek: 115-49 Jean-NoelGrinda: 109-40 Eric Taino: 99-31
Stay Tuned for NCAAs . . .
Although the Bruins round out the home part of their schedule this weekend, UCLA will likely be back at the LATC May 15-16 to host NCAA Regional play. Although host sites will not be determined until the beginning of May, the Bruins have hosted every year since the start of regional play back in 1998.
UCLA Home Matches Live Via the Internet . . .
All UCLA home matches can be followed live at UCLA's official athletic website www.uclabruins.com. Fans can access the matches by clicking on the "Live Stats" link in the Events Calendar on the front page or by going into the men's tennis schedule. There is also a link on the men's tennis page.
Head Coach Billy Martin . . .
The 1996 ITA National Coach of the Year and UCLA's 1975 NCAA singles champion, Billy Martin, owns a 242-49 (.832) record in his 11th season as head coach at UCLA. He has led the Bruins into the NCAA Tournament in each of his 10 seasons, guiding the team to seven top-4 finishes, including trips to the finals in 1996 and '99.