UCLA Looking for Three in a Row at Ojai

April 20, 2004

Bruins Head to Pac-10 Championships . . .
UCLA will be sending a strong contingent of players up to Ojai, Calif. this week for the Pac-10 Championships, Apr. 22-25 at Libbey Park. Luben Pampoulov, Chris Lam, Alberto Francis and Kris Kwinta are all entered in the main draw. Francis and Kwinta are the top seeds in the main doubles draw. The Bruins' other team competing in that draw will be Philipp Gruendler and Pampoulov. Gruendler is the top seed in the Pac-10 Invitational. Also competing in that draw will be Chris Surapol, Aaron Yovan and Jason Nguyen. The Pac-10 Invitational doubles draw will feature top seeds Surapol and Lam, along with the tandem of Nguyen and Yovan. Tournament information can be accessed at the following page: www.ojaitourney.org

Bruins Look to Make it Three in a Row at Ojai . . ..
UCLA players have captured the last two men's singles titles at the Pac-10 Championships, including Rodrigo Grilli in 2002 and Marcin Matkowski in 2003. In all, 26 former Bruins have won singles titles at Ojai. The last time UCLA won three in a row was from 1988-90, when Brian Garrow, Pat Galbraith and Jason Netter went back-to-back-to-back. The Bruins' last doubles title came in 2002, when Matkowski and Jean-Julien Rojer achieved the feat.

UCLA Ties for Pac-10 Title . . ..
UCLA headed into last week needing a little help to claim this year's Pac-10 title. At 4-1, the Bruins desperately needed previously unbeaten USC (5-0) to drop at least one of its final two matches up in the Bay Area. After narrowly defeating No. 11 Stanford, 4-3 and blanking Cal, 7-0, the Bruins awaited the result of Saturday's Stanford vs. USC match. As it turned out, the Cardinal won 5-2, helping UCLA tie USC for this year's Pac-10 title. Since the Trojans defeated the Bruins in the only Pac-10 counting match between the two teams, USC earns the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Final standings can be found here.

Winning Streak Reaches Nine . . ..
UCLA has not lost a dual match since a 4-3 setback to then-No. 10 Duke back on Mar. 10. Since that loss, the Bruins have reeled off nine straight, including four shutouts in a row from Mar. 12-Apr. 2. During the streak, the Bruins have defeated five top-25 teams, including No. 9/11 Stanford (twice), No. 18 Washington, No. 22 Arizona State and No. 25 Arizona.

Francis and Gruendler Lead the Way . . ..
Two reasons for UCLA's recent success has been the play of Alberto Francis and Philipp Gruendler, as both players currently own nine-match winning streaks in singles play. Francis recently captured his 30th singles victory of the season and stands at 30-8 overall, including a 17-4 mark in dual-match play. Gruendler, who also owns a 17-4 record in dual matches, is 18-5 overall.

UCLA Climbing in Polls . . ..
The Bruins are up a spot from No. 4 to No. 3 in the latest rankings released on Apr. 20. Individually, UCLA is the only school in the country to have all six of its singles players ranked. Headlining the group is eighth-ranked Tobias Clemens. He is followed by Alberto Francis (#56), Luben Pampoulov (#68), Chris Lam (#72), Kris Kwinta (#85) and Philipp Gruendler (#99). In doubles, Francis and Kwinta check in at No. 8, while Chris Surapol and Aaron Yovan are ranked No. 60. New team and individual rankings will be released on Apr. 27.

ITA Top-25 (4/20)
1. Illinois
2. Baylor
4. USC
5. Mississippi
6. Duke
7. Florida
8. Virginia
9. Stanford
10. Georgia
11. VCU
12. Rice
13.	LSU
14.	North Carolina
15.	Kentucky
16.	TCU
17.	Tennessee
18.	Tulane
19. Washington
20.	Ohio State
21.	Vanderbilt
22.	Harvard
23.	Texas A&M
24.	Arizona
25.	Pepperdine

Stay Tuned for NCAA Regionals . . ..
Although it will not officially be determined until May 5, UCLA will likely be one of 16 schools selected to host an NCAA Regional, May 15-16. One winner from each regional will advance to the 16-team NCAA Championships, May 22-25 in Tulsa, Okla. The NCAA Individual Championships will take place from May 26-31, also in Tulsa.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
vs. Bruin Racqueteer Day
Los Angeles, CA
vs. NCTC Tournament
Palm Springs, CA
vs. Sherwood Collegiate ...
Thousand Oaks, CA
Wednesday, Jan 20
vs. San Francisco
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 0
vs. Tennis Championships ...
Maui, HI
Saturday, Jan 23
vs. SMU
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 0
Sunday, Jan 24
vs. Georgia Tech
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 0
vs. Tennis Championships ...
Dallas, TX
Saturday, Jan 30
vs. Georgia
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 1
vs. Florida
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Feb 05
vs. San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 0
Tuesday, Feb 09 - 3:00 PM PST
at Virginia
Charlottesville, VA
Friday, Feb 12 - All Day PST
vs. USTA/ITA National ...
Charlottesville, VA
Saturday, Feb 20 - 10:00 AM PST
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 27 - 1:00 PM PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Tuesday, Mar 01 - 2:30 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Mar 03 - All Day PST
vs. Pacific Coast ...
La Jolla, CA
Thursday, Mar 10 - 2:30 PM PST
vs. Baylor
Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday, Mar 22 - 1:00 PM PST
Las Vegas, NV
Friday, Mar 25 - 5:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, Mar 27 - 12:00 PM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Friday, Apr 01 - 3:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 02 - 3:00 PM PST
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Apr 08 - 1:30 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Sunday, Apr 10 - 11:00 AM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Sunday, Apr 17 - 3:00 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Apr 20 - All Day PST
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Ojai, CA
Thursday, Apr 21 - All Day PST
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Ojai, CA
Friday, Apr 22 - All Day PST
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Ojai, CA
Saturday, Apr 23 - All Day PST
vs. Pac-12 Championships ...
Ojai, CA
Sunday, Apr 24 - All Day PST
vs. Pac-12 Championships ...
Ojai, CA