April 12, 2004
Bruins Head to the Bay Area . . .
Fourth-ranked UCLA (16-5; 4-1 Pac-10), winners of seven in a row, round out the regular season in the Bay Area this week, facing No. 10 Stanford (14-5; 4-1 Pac-10) on Friday at 1:30 p.m. and Cal (7-14; 2-3 Pac-10) on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The Bruins won both matches against these two teams back in early April, defeating Stanford, 5-2 and Cal, 7-0. This week's matches will count in the Pac-10 standings.
UCLA Sweeps in Pacific Northwest . . .
UCLA picked up a pair of Pac-10 wins last week, defeating Oregon, 6-1 on Friday and No. 18 Washington, 5-2 on Saturday. Bruin junior Luben Pampoulov improved to 4-0 since becoming eligible on Apr. 2, winning both of his matches in straight sets at the No. 2 position. Other Bruins going 2-0 in singles play over the weekend were Alberto Francis, Kris Kwinta and Philipp Gruendler.
Bruins Up to No. 4 . . .
UCLA jumped a spot to No. 4 in the latest rankings released on Apr. 6. Individually, The Bruins feature five singles players and one doubles team ranked. Headlining the group is sixth-ranked Tobias Clemens. He is followed by Alberto Francis (#52), Kris Kwinta (#62), Chris Lam (#82) and Philipp Gruendler (#106). In doubles, Francis and Kwinta check in at No. 8. New team rankings will be released this Tuesday, while individual rankings are not due out again until Apr. 20.
ITA Top-25 (4/6) ITA Top-25 (4/6) 1. Illinois 2. Baylor 3. USC 4. UCLA 5. Duke 6. Mississippi 7. VCU 8. Florida 9. Georgia 10. Stanford 11. Rice 12. TCU 13. LSU 14. North Carolina 15. Virginia 16. Tennessee 17. Kentucky 18. Washington 19. Ohio State 20. Pepperdine 21. Harvard 22. Vanderbilt 23. Arizona 24. Arkansas 25. Texas A&M
Surapol Still Contributing . . .
Although the arrival of Luben Pampoulov has diminished his time in the singles lineup, sophomore Chris Surapol has been a huge asset to the Bruins with his doubles play. Surapol and Tobias Clemens anchor the No. 3 doubles position and have went 4-0 since first teaming together back on Apr. 2. Surapol owns a 16-9 overall doubles record and is 22-12 in singles play.
The Race for the Pac-10 Title . . .
With a perfect 5-0 record, USC controls its own destiny and can capture this year's Pac-10 title outright with a pair of wins this weekend. At 4-1, UCLA would likely have to win both matches this weekend and hope USC drops one in order to have a chance at sharing the title.
What's Next . . .
Following this weekend's matches, the Bruins head to Ojai for the Pac-10 Championships, Apr. 22-25. NCAA Regional play begins on May 15 at host schools throughout the country. The Bruins will likely be selected to host a four-team regional, May 15-16 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. After that, the 16-team NCAA Championships are scheduled for May 22-31 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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 246-49 (.834) 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.