Feb. 21, 2001
This Week ... Bruins Host University of Nevada Las Vegas
The UCLA men's and women's tennis teams will host a doubleheader this Saturday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center beginning at 11:00 a.m. The UCLA women, who where originally scheduled to play at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center at Noon, instead will kickoff the day against Oregon in the first match at 11:00 a.m. at the LATC. The UCLA men will take on UNLV immediately following the conclusion of the first match (approx. 2:00p.m.).
Bruins In ITA National Rankings...
The Bruins, ranked No. 3 in February 7 ITA rankings, moved up several notches after upending top-ranked Stanford last week at the ITA National Indoors and are now the top-ranked team in the latest rankings released today. The Bruins last held the No. 1 distinction on April 5, 2000.
UCLA garnered all eight first-place votes from the ITA National Ranking Committee for 600 points. Stanford falls one spot to No. 2, followed by Duke, TCU, Texas A&M, Washington, Tennessee, Georgia, Texas and Mississippi in the top 10. Washington moves to its highest ranking ever at No. 6 after upsetting then-No. 4 Georgia 4-3 last Thursday.
About The Rebels ...
Friday's match between UCLA and UNLV will be the fourth meeting between the squads with UCLA holding a 3-0 advantage in the series. The Rebels are 3-2 on the season and are coming off a 4-3 victory over Colorado to claim the team title at the UNLV Tennis Tournament on Feb. 18. The Rebels have won thier tournament six consecutive years. UNLV is led by senior Nenad Zivkovic, who is ranked 85, and is slated at the No. 1 position in singles. Zivkovic also teams with Gregor Skorin at the No. 1 position in doubles with the pair ranked No. 36 in the latest ITA rankings.
UCLA vs. Portland...
The Pilots put up a great fight but the Bruins, then ranked No. 3 prevailed, winning the match 6-1 on Feb. 13. The Bruins got out of the gate quickly by sweeping the doubles to earn the first point of the match.
The Pilots only point of the match came courtesy of Matt Baer who upset Lassi Ketola at No. 5, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. Senior Jean-Noel Grinda was also stretched to three games, as he defeated Peter Malacek, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 at No. 2. With the victory, the Bruins improved to 5-0 overall (2-0 Pac-10).
UCLA At The National Team Indoors...
The third-ranked Bruins, runner up to tournament champion Stanford, had a chance for redemption as the two squared off again in the title game. Last season Stanford won its 11th team title by edging the Bruins 4-3. This time the outcome was much different In a pressure packed classic showdown, the Bruins upended the top-ranked Cardinal 4-2.
The Bruins continued their trend of claiming the first point of the match after winning its fourth consecutive doubles point of he tournament. The match was decided at No. 1 as Jean-Julien Rojer defeated NCAA Champion Alex Kim, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4. In a classic dual, Rojer who was down two service breaks at 3-0 in the third set, came back to win six of the last seven games Kim saved three match points at 5-4, but Rojer broke for the win.
Before reaching the finals, the Bruins knocked off San Diego State, 4-0 and squeaked by No. 10 Texas A&M, 4-3. In the semifinal, UCLA downed No. 6 Texas Christian 4-2.
After the dual match against UNLV, The Bruins will face cross-town rival USC at the Marks Tennis Stadium at 1:30 p.m. on the USC campus. UCLA will then compete in the Pacific doubles Championships in La Jolla from Mar. 1-4.