April 1, 1999
This Week - UCLA Hosts Stanford & Cal
After taking a break from competition to focus on academics during exam week, the No. 1 ranked UCLA men's tennis team's lengthy final homestand continues with one of the most anticipated matches of the season. The No. 4 ranked Stanford Cardinal come to the Los Angeles Tennis Center on Friday, April 2 for a 1:30 p.m. match with the top-ranked Bruins. UCLA then plays host to No. 31 Cal on Saturday, April 3 at Noon.
Latest Rankings - Bruins Retain No. 1 Ranking
UCLA continued to hold the No. 1 slot in the latest edition of the ITA national rankings released on March 22. The Bruins have one individual listed among the top-10 in singles and two more among the top-100. In addition, two UCLA teams are among the top-20 in doubles. Leading the way in singles is sophomore Jean-Noel Grinda who climbed to No. 6. Narrowly holding onto their singles rankings were junior Brandon Kramer who is listed No. 99 and senior Jason Cook who is tied for No. 100. Cook and Kramer are the Bruins top-doubles team climbed to No. 6 in the nation, while the team of Grinda and junior Jong-Min Lee moved up to No. 19.
About This Week's Opponents - Stanford & Cal
One of the Bruins' biggest rivals in men's tennis comes to town this weekend as No. 4 ranked Stanford brings an 11-1 overall record to the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The Cardinal have four players ranked in singles, including two among the top-15, and two doubles teams among the top-15. Senior captain Ryan Wolters is playing in the top-slot and is listed No. 4 in the nation. K.J. Hippensteel is currently listed No. 15 in singles and is followed by No. 40 Geoff Abrams and No. 47 Alex Kim. The tandem of Wolters and Hippensteel moved into the No. 2 doubles ranking, while the duo of Abrams and Kim is listed No. 13. Last year, UCLA lost three matches to Stanford, including a second round NCAA Championship match, but was one of few teams to claim a point from the national champions. UCLA leads the all-time series with Stanford 42-38. Listed No. 31 in the latest edition of the national rankings, Cal enters the week with a 6-6 overall record and hosts USC on Friday before meeting UCLA. The Golden Bears do not have players listed in the national singles or doubles rankings, but Chris Santoso and Adrian Barnes lead the way as the top-two singles players and the No. 1 doubles team.
Last Outing - Bruins Defeat Miami Before Break
Before taking time of from competition for final exams and spring break, UCLA cruised to a 6-1 victory over the University of Miami in its most recent action on March 17. The Bruins swept doubles play, claimed four matches in straight sets and another in three with the only loss coming in the No. 6 slot.
UCLA Player Notables - Grinda & Sands Notch 20th Wins
With their victories on March 13, UCLA sophomores Jean-Noel Grinda and Chris Sands became the second and third Bruins to reach the 20-win mark this season. Grinda is now 20-4 overall and 13-3 in dual matches, all in the No. 1 slot. Sands owns a 20-6 overall record and is 13-2 in dual matches playing in the No. 4-6 positions in the lineup. Bruin junior Brandon Kramer was the first to reach the 20-win mark this season and now stands 22-7 overall and 12-2 in dual matches.
Next Up - Bruins' Long Homestand Continues
Stepping out of conference action on Tuesday, April 6, UCLA will host No. 19 Texas A&M. The Bruins conclude the home portion of the schedule on April 9 and 10 hosting Pac-10 foes No. 69 Oregon and No. 9 Washington.
UCLA MTN Quick Facts
Current Team Rank: Tie No. 1 - Spring #2 (3/22)
Team's Dual Match Record: 16-1
Pac-10 Record: 2-1
Head Coach: Billy Martin (6th season)
Current Career Dual-match Record: 126-26
Last Year's Record: 17-8 overall, 5-2 Pac-10
Final 1998 Team Ranking: Nation - 7
Bruins' Lineup w/Records
Pos. Name Dual Overall 1S Jean-Noel Grinda 13-3 20-4 2S Zack Fleishman 10-6 16-11 3S Jason Cook 13-4 14-5 4S Brandon Kramer 12-2 22-7 5S Jong-Min Lee 7-2 13-5 6S Chris Sands 13-3 20-7 7S Marcin Rozpedski 10-1 10-1 8S Noah Newman 1-0 7-4 1D Cook / Kramer 14-3 16-4 2D Grinda / Lee 12-2 12-3 3D Rozpedski / Sands 9-2 9-2Bruins In The 98-99 ITA National Rankings
Team Fall S1 S2 UCLA 5 tie 1 11999 UCLA Men's Tennis Schedule/Results
Doubles PS Fall W S1 S2 Cook/Kramer - - 9 7 6 Grinda/Lee 23 ID - 25 19
Singles PS Fall W S1 S2 Cook 63 NA - 98 t100 Fleishman 85 66 t100 - - Grinda 10 ID 14 11 8 Lee 36 - - - - Kramer - t92 - 88 99
Date Opponent (Rank) Site/Time/Results Score Jan. 13 FRESNO STATE (22) W 7-0 Jan. 15-17 at National Coll. Classic NTR Jan. 22 TULANE (t28) W 7-0 Jan. 26 UC IRVINE (67) Cancelled - Rain 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 W 6-1 Mar. 3 at USC* W 6-1 Mar. 5-7 at Pacific Coast Doubles NTR Mar. 12 ARIZONA STATE* W 5-2 Mar. 13 ARIZONA * W 7-0 Mar. 17 MIAMI W 6-1 Apr. 2 STANFORD* LATC 1:30 Apr. 3 CAL* LATC Noon Apr. 6 TEXAS A&M LATC 1:30 Apr. 9 OREGON* LATC 1:30 Apr. 10 WASHINGTON* LATC Noon Apr. 16 at California* Berkeley, CA 1:30 Apr. 17 at Stanford* Stanford, CA Noon Apr. 22-25 at Pac-10 Conf. Champ. Ojai, CA All Day May 14-16 at NCAA Regionals TBD All Day May 22-30 at NCAA Championships Athens, GA All Day
All home matches in BOLD ALL CAPS; LATC - Los Angeles Tennis Center; * Pac-10 matches, All times local to match site and subject to change