Feb. 24, 2003
On Tap . . .
Following a grueling week in Kentucky, the No. 1-ranked UCLA men's tennis team (11-1) will get a break from the dual-match season this weekend, as the Bruins travel to La Jolla, Calif. for the 114th Pacific Coast Doubles Championships at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. The tournament, which is not an ITA sanctioned event, features a mixture of college, junior and local players. Results will not count in a player's win/loss record. Four teams will be representing the Bruins this week (Tobias Clemens / Chris Lam, Chris Surapol / Aaron Yovan, Rodrigo Grilli / Marcin Matkowski and Erfan Djahangiri / Alberto Francis).
Bruins Reach Semifinals at USTA/ITA National Team Indoors . . .
UCLA posted a 2-1 record last week while competing at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors in Louisville, Ky. The top-seeded Bruins started the tournament with a 4-0 victory over San Diego State on Thursday. UCLA then defeated No. 8 Duke, 4-1 on Friday to set up a meeting with No. 6 Florida in Saturday's semifinals. In that match, the Bruins lost the doubles point for the first time all year. In singles action, UCLA fell behind 3-0 when Florida won matches at court Nos. 5 and 6. Bruin senior Rodrigo Grilli was able to cut the lead to 3-1 with his victory at No. 3 singles, however Florida ended up clinching the match at No. 2 singles. Second-seeded Illinois defeated Florida, 4-2 in Sunday's final, becoming the team other than UCLA and Stanford to claim the title since 1983.
Bruins in the ITA Rankings . . .
With its loss to Florida at last week's National Indoors, UCLA will likely fall out of the top spot for the first time this season when new rankings are released this Wednesday. The Bruins have been the No. 1-ranked team since the preseason. Individually, Tobias Clemens is ranked No. 12, Erfan Djahangiri is No. 38 and Chris Lam is No. 40. Clemens and Lassi Ketola are ranked No. 39 in doubles. New individual rankings will also be released on Wednesday.
ITA Rankings 1. UCLA 2. Illinois 3. Baylor 4. California 5. Mississippi 6. Florida 7. Stanford 8. Duke 9. Kentucky 10. Washington 11. Auburn 12. Alabama 13. USC 14. VCU 15. Minnesota 16. South Carolina 17. Wake Forest 18. Texas A&M 19. North Carolina 20. Pepperdine 21. South Florida 22. Texas 23. Georgia 24. LSU 25. Tennessee
A Look Ahead . . .
Following this week's Pacific Coast Doubles Championships, UCLA returns to the Los Angles Tennis Center for a three-match homestand beginning with the University of Virginia on Mar. 5. Following that match, the Bruins will host USC on Mar. 7 and San Diego State on Mar. 12.
Fox Sports Net to Televise USC Match on March 7 . . .
Fox Sports Net announced last week that it will televise UCLA's match against USC on Mar. 7 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The match will be aired on a tape-delayed basis and can be seen two days later on Sunday, Mar. 9 at 3:00 p.m. (PST).
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.