May 19, 1999
This Week - UCLA at NCAA Championships in Georgia
The No. 1 ranked UCLA men's tennis team travels to Athens, Georgia to compete in the NCAA Championships hosted by the University of Georgia at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex . The team portion of the competition takes place Saturday, May 22-Tuesday, May 25. Individual singles and doubles championships will run Wednesday, May 26-Sunday, May 3.
The UCLA team will open against Virginia Tech at 11:00 a.m. in the round of 16 with the winner of that match scheduled to meet the winner of the Florida vs. SMU match at 2:00 p.m. Sunday. If they continue to advance, the Bruins will play in the first semifinal match of the day on Monday at 2:00, then the Championship Final on Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. All of the UCLA matches are scheduled to be played on UGA's Henry Field courts.
Four Bruins will also compete in the individual portion of the championships following team play, May 25-30. Sophomore Jean-Noel Grinda will compete in both the singles and doubles draws along with his partner, junior Jong-Min Lee. Also competing in the doubles draw will be senior Jason Cook and junior Brandon Kramer.
Complete NCAA Team Championship Schedule -
Here's the schedule for the first round of play:
Saturday, May 22 Duke vs. Kentucky 8:00 am Henry Field (Round of 16) LSU vs. Fresno State 8:00 am McWhorter UCLA vs. Va. Tech 11:00 am Henry Field Florida vs. SMU 11:00 am McWhorter Stanford vs. Baylor 2:00 pm McWhorter Texas vs. Georgia 2:00 pm Henry Field Illinois vs. Arizona State 5:00 pm Henry Field Mississippi vs. Miss. State 5:00 pm McWhorter Sunday, May 23 Winners of 8:00 matches 2:00 pm Henry Field (Quarterfinals) Winners of 11:00 matches 2:00 pm Henry Field Winners of 2:00 matches 5:00 pm Henry Field Winners of 5:00 matches 5:00 pm Henry Field Monday, May 24 Winners of 2:00 matches 2:00 pm Henry Field (Semifinals) Winners of 5:00 matches 5:00 pm Henry Field Tuesday, May 25 Team Championship Final 5:00 pm Henry FieldThe NCAA Division I men's tennis championships consist of single-elimination team and individual championships. All matches will be the best of three sets using the regular scoring system and a 12-point tie breaker at six games all. In NCAA men's tennis the three doubles matches, counting for one point total, are played first followed by the six singles matches. The team winner is determined by the first team to reach four points.
NCAA Championship Structure 64 Teams In 1999
This year marks the first time in the history of the NCAA Tennis Championships that the bracket consists of 64 teams, meaning that all participants competed in the first round. Regionals consisted of four teams at 16 sites throughout the country. The winners of those 16 Regionals advance to the NCAA Team Championships at the University of Georgia in Athens, May 22-30.
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 26. Two more rounds of singles and a round of doubles will be played on Thursday, May 27. Quarterfinal action is slated for Friday, May 28, semifinals for the 29th and the individual singles and doubles finals will be on Sunday, May 30.
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. The Bruins have reached the championship final eight times, winning three titles and finishing as runner-up four times. All together, the Bruins own 15 NCAA men's tennis titles dating back to 1950 and most recently in 1984. The Bruins have also finished as runner-up 11 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.
Contacting The Bruins -
UCLA Media Relations Intern Shira Andron will be with the men's tennis team throughout the NCAA Team Championship competition. All interview requests should be directed through her at the Bruins' hotel. UCLA is staying at he Holiday Inn Athens (706) 549-4433.
Assistant Media Relations Director Elaine Adams is also available to provide further assistance and answer questions from the UCLA office at (310) 206-8123.
Latest Rankings - Bruins Retain No. 1 Ranking
UCLA continues to hold the No. 1 slot in the latest edition of the ITA national team rankings released on May 11. In the individual rankings last released on May 4, the Bruins have three singles players and two doubles teams listed. Leading the way with a top-15 singles ranking is sophomore Jean-Noel Grinda at No. 7, while two more are among the top-100. Senior Jason Cook is listed No. 81 and junior Brandon Kramer is tied for No. 100. Additionally, two UCLA teams are among the top-10 in doubles. The team of Grinda and junior Jong-Min Lee vaulted to No. 6 after winning defeating their teammates in an all UCLA doubles final at the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai. Cook and Kramer are right behind them at No. 7 in the nation.
Last Year - UCLA's NCAA Team Results
A No. 9-12 seed entering the 1998 NCAA Team Championships, UCLA opened with a 4-2 win over Texas, but was eliminated in the quarterfinals by eventual champion Stanford (5-0).
In the Texas match, UCLA victories were posted by Jean-Noel Grinda at No. 1, Vince Allegre at No. 2, Jason Cook at No. 4 and Alex Decret at No. 5. The Bruins dropped the doubles point and Brandon Kramer lost in the No. 6 position. Against Stanford, the Bruins went down in doubles as well as the Nos. 2-5 singles positions. (Results from these matches are included in this packet.)
More Last Year - Bruins' Individual Results
Three UCLA singles players and one doubles team qualified for individual championships in 1998. Jean-Noel Grinda, Vince Allegre and Matt Breen all three reached the third round in singles, while the team of Breen and Grinda reached the quarterfinals in doubles.
In singles, Grinda opened with a 6-4, 7-6(4) win over Sam Schroerlucke of Furman, then defeated South Carolina's Guillaume Legat 2-6, 6-2, 6-4, before being eliminated by Stanford's Bob Bryan, 7-6(5), 6-2. Breen opened with a 6-1, 6-4 win over North Carolina's Tripp Phillips, then ousted Harvard's James Blake 6-1, 6-1 before losing to Thomas Dupre of Mississippi State 7-5, 6-2. Allegre started with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Jon Pastel of Davidson, then upset No. 8 seeded Mike Bryan of Stanford 6-4, 6-2 before falling to Daniel Anderson of VCU 1-6, 6-3, 7-6(6).
UCLA's Home Court Advantage - Bruins Undefeated In '99 AT LATC
UCLA finished the home portion of the schedule undefeated during 1999. This marks the first time since 1996 that the Bruins went undefeated at the Los Angeles Tennis Center and improves the current LATC win streak to 17 matches. 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.
NCAA Regionals - Bruins Score Two Wins
Playing host to the NCAA Regional on their home courts at the Los Angeles Tennis Center proved to be just what the Bruins needed as UCLA notched victories over Western Michigan (4-0) and San Diego State (4-1).
The Bruins claimed the doubles point with wins on court Nos. 2 and 3 both days. Marcin Rozpedski was the only UCLA player to win both of his matches, playing the first at No. 6 and the second in the No. 5 position. Jean-Noel Grinda split his two matches in the top-slot, clinching the match vs. WMU, but losing to SDSU's No. 34 ranked Alex Waske 6-3, 7-6(3). Jong-Min Lee posted a straight-set win over WMU and Zack Fleishman contributed the same against SDSU. Chris Sands stepped in to clinch a rather tight SDSU match with a win on court No. 6. The remainder of the matches were abandoned when the team victor was determined.
Showing Their Depth - Bruins Shine In Ojai
UCLA claimed three titles in Ojai at the Pac-10 individual championships as the No. 1 ranked team in the nation demonstrated its depth. The Bruins claimed both doubles titles and the Invitational division singles crown.
The lower half of the UCLA lineup dominated the field of the Pac-10 Invitational tournament as all four Bruin players battled in the semifinals. Junior Marcin Rozpedski came out the winner, defeating sophomore Chris Sands 7-6(0), 6-3 in the semis and freshman Xavier Luscan 6-3, 7-5 in the finals. Luscan got by junior Brandon Kramer 6-3, 6-0 in his semifinal match. Rozpeski and Sands also claimed the Invitational doubles title, posting a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Stanford's David Hauser and Scotty Scott in the finals.
In the Pac-10 Championship portion, the Bruins showed their strength in doubles as their top two teams squared off in the title match. The team of Jean-Noel Grinda and Jong-Min Lee claimed a double tie-break victory over Jason Cook and Brandon Kramer. However, the Bruins struggled in singles play, as three players fell in the first round and the fourth lost in the second.
All-Pac-10 Selections - Three Bruins Honored
Sophomore Jean-Noel Grinda leads a list of three Bruins to receive All-Pac-10 Conference honors as voted by the conference coaches. A returning All-American, who also received First Team All-Conference honors as a rookie, Grinda is currently listed No. 7 nationally in singles. The left-hander owns a 19-5 dual match record while playing in the No. 1 singles position all year and is 26-7 in overall singles matches this season. Playing doubles with junior Jong-Min Lee, Grinda climbed to No. 6 in the nation after winning the doubles title at the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai on April 25. As a team Grinda and Lee have compiled a 23-6 overall record and are 16-4 in dual matches (7-2 at No. 1 and 9-2 at No. 2). Grinda has been selected to compete in both the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships.
Earning Second-Team All-Pac-10 honors for UCLA is senior Jason Cook. The Bruins' only senior with dual match experience, Cook started the season in the No. 3 singles position and moved to the No. 2 slot in March. After taking the fall off, Cook has worked his way to a current ranking of No. 81 in the nation, owns an 18-9 overall singles record and stands 16-7 in dual matches (5-4 at No. 2 and 11-3 at No. 3). In doubles, he teams with junior Brandon Kramer to form the No. 7 ranked duo in the nation. This pair battled Grinda/Lee in the Pac-10 Championships final, before bowing in two tiebreakers. The team of Cook and Kramer stands 25-9 overall and 17-9 in duals (8-5 at No. 1 and 9-1 at No. 2).
Rookie Zack Fleishman rounds out the Bruins' All-Pac-10 selections, earning honorable mention. Although not currently ranked, Fleishman has been listed among the nation's best and played primarily in the No. 2 and 3 positions during dual-match play. He owns a 21-14 overall singles record and stands 15-8 in duals.
Television Coverage -
The team championship of the 1999 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships will be televised (tape delayed) on ESPN Wednesday, June 2 at 3 p.m. EST.
UCLA MTN Quick Facts
Current Team Rank: Tie No. 1 - Spring #5 (5/11) Team's Dual Match Record: 23-2 Pac-10 Record/Finish: 6-1/First Head Coach: Billy Martin (6th season) Current Career Dual-match Record: 133-27 Last Year's Record: 17-8 overall, 5-2 Pac-10 Final 1998 Team Ranking: Nation - 7Bruins' Lineup w/Records
Pos. Name Dual Overall 1S Jean-Noel Grinda 19-5 26-7 2S Zack Fleishman 15-8 21-14 3S Jason Cook 16-7 18-9 4S Jong-Min Lee 12-3 18-7 5S Brandon Kramer 17-3 29-9 6S Marcin Rozpedski 16-1 20-1 7S Chris Sands 13-5 23-10 1D Grinda / Lee 16-4 23-6 2D Cook / Kramer 19-6 27-9 3D Rozpedski / Sands 16-3 20-4Bruins In The Current ITA National Rankings
Name Singles Doubles Jean-Noel Grinda 7 6 Jason Cook 81 7 Brandon Kramer t100 7 Jong-Min Lee - 61999 UCLA Men's Tennis Schedule/Results
Date Opponent (Rank) Site Time Results/Score Jan. 13 FRESNO STATE (22) W 7-0 Jan. 15-17 at Nat'l Collegiate Tennis Classic NTR Jan. 22 TULANE (t28) W 7-0 Jan. 26 UC IRVINE (67) Cancelled Jan. 29 at Arizona* (t45) W 6-1 Jan. 30 at Arizona State* (17) L 3-4 Feb. 2 NEW MEXICO (56) W 6-1 Feb. 10 U SAN DIEGO (73) W 7-0 Feb. 12 USC* (15) W 5-2 Feb. 16 at Washington (18) W 5-2 Feb. 18 vs. SMU (t10) W 5-2 Feb. 19 at Washington (18) W 4-3 Feb. 20 vs. Duke (t10) W 4-2 Feb. 21 vs. Illinois (t5) W 5-2 Feb. 27 RICE (49) W 6-1 Mar. 3 at USC (15) W 6-1 Mar. 5-7 at Pacific Coast Doubles NTR Mar. 12 ARIZONA STATE (t13) W 5-2 Mar. 13 ARIZONA (52) W 7-0 Mar. 17 MIAMI (t43) W 6-1 Apr. 2 STANFORD* (4) W 5-2 Apr. 3 CAL* (31) W 6-1 Apr. 6 TEXAS A&M (21) Cancelled Apr. 9 OREGON* (NR) W 6-1 Apr. 10 WASHINGTON* (15) W 5-2 Apr. 16 at California W 6-1 Apr. 17 at Stanford L 3-4 Apr. 22-25 at Pac-10 Conf. Championships NTR May 14 Western Michigan# W 4-0 May 15 San Diego State# W 4-1 May 22-30 at NCAA Championships Athens, GA All Day
All home matches in BOLD ALL CAPS; LATC - Los Angeles Tennis Center; * Pac-10 counting matches, #NCAA Regional