Feb. 14, 2000
This WeekThe No. 9 UCLA Bruins (6-1 overall, 2-0 Pac-10) will host two dual matches at the Los Angeles Tennis Center this week. On Wednesday, Feb. 16, the Bruins face UC Santa Barbara (2-2) at 1:30 pm and on Friday, Feb. 18, they go head-to-head with crosstown rival No. 21 USC (6-1 overall, 2-0 Pac-10) at 1:30 pm.
Bruins Drop to No. 9
UCLA dropped to No. 9 in the latest ITA National Rankings after falling 5-2 to then-No. 21 Pepperdine on February 1. Junior Chris Sands, who is slated at No. 53 in the nation, is UCLA's only singles player ranked in individuals. However, preseason No. 3 Jean-Noel Grinda, No. 81 Brandon Kramer and No. 83 Jong-Min Lee, who all dropped out of the last poll because they did not compete in fall collegiate tournaments, should be expected to make their return to the Spring ITA Individual Rankings, which will be released on Feb. 16. In regional rankings, Sands is ranked No. 12 and freshman Lassi Ketola earned a spot at No. 25. The doubles team of Ketola and Sands are ranked No. 15.
About this Week's Opponents
The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos currently own a 2-2 dual match record under first year head coach Marty Davis. In their 22 meetings with UCLA, the Gauchos have won only one match. Last year, UC Santa Barbara owned a 4-15 overall record.
The USC Trojans are 6-1 overall and 2-0 in the Pac-10 under 21-year head coach Dick Leach. After a 4-3 upset by then-No.17 Fresno State , USC dropped from No. 12 in the Spring 1 national ranking to No. 21 in the Spring 2 edition. Five Trojans are currently ranked in the ITA Individual Singles Rankings: No. 12 Andrew Park, No. 30 Patrick Gottesleben, No. 38 Ryan Moore, T-60 Nicholas Rainey and No. 69 Gregg Hill. In doubles, the team of Moore and Rainey are ranked No. 7. Last year, USC was 19-5 overall and finished third in the Pac-10 with a 5-2 mark.
UCLA Upends No. 70 UC Irvine, 6-1
After losing the doubles point, the UCLA men's tennis team swept singles for a 6-1 victory over UC Irvine at the UCI Tennis Stadium this past Saturday.
UC Irvine's Chris Ma and Chris Chung won at No. 1 and David Matthew and Oliver Schweizer won at No. 2 to earn the doubles point and take the early 1-0 lead.
The lead was short lived as the Bruins followed with wins at No. 1 through No. 6 singles. The best singles match of the day was at No. 4 where No. 53 Chris Sands took three-sets to defeat Brett Lucas.
The Bruins, who are ninth in the nation improve to 6-1 overall, while No. 70 UC Irvine goes to 5-2 on the season.
UCLA will head to Kentucky next week to compete in a dual match and participate in the National Indoor Championships. On Tuesday, Feb. 22, the Bruins meet the University of Kentucky for a 2 pm match and then from Feb. 24-27, they will be competing at the National Indoor Championships.