February 1, 1999
LOS ANGELES - The UCLA men's tennis team, tied for No. 5 in the national rankings, returns from its first Pac-10 Conference action with a split in the desert to host two matches this week. First up is Tuesday's match against the University of New Mexico and the week will conclude with a rescheduled match from last week's rain out with local foe UC Irvine on Friday, Feb. 5 at 1:30 p.m. at the Los Angles Tennis Center on the UCLA campus. The Bruins will not send anyone to compete in the ITA Rolex National Indoor Championships in Dallas, Feb. 4-7 or to in the San Diego Tournament Feb. 5-6.
About This Week's Opponents
Ranked No. 66 in the national rankings, the University of New Mexico brings a 2-1 spring dual match into the week, but plays at Pepperdine on Monday before meeting UCLA. The Lobos opened the season edging Oregon 4-3 and defeating Boise State 5-2. UNM began its southern California trip with a 3-4 loss at San Diego State on Saturday, but saw its match at Pepperdine delayed a day due to rain. The team's only senior Pepe Caballero anchors the top singles slot and pairs with sophomore Nic Dubey at No. 1 doubles. The team of Caballero and Dubey is ranked No. 10 in the nation to give the Lobos their first top-10 doubles pair entering the spring.
After last week's match was rained out and rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 5, UC Irvine has added to more sweeps for a 5-0 record entering the week. The Anteaters defeated Pacific on Friday and St. Mary's on Sunday. UCI opened 1999 dual match play going 3-0 in the Atrium Anteater Quad by sweeping Gonzaga, Northern Arizona and Fairleigh Dickinson. Individually, senior Thomas Bohun is 5-0 in the top-slot while the doubles team of Chris Chung and Chris Ma is 4-0 and listed No. 50 in the nation for No. 67 ranked UCI. In last year's meeting, UCLA won 7-0 at UCI on Jan. 21 to bring the all-time series record to 25-2.
The Bruins Last Week Split In Desert
UCLA split a pair of Pac-10 Conference matches in the desert defeating Arizona, who is tied for No. 45 in the rankings, 6-1, but falling at No. 17 Arizona State 3-4. The Bruins swept doubles play in both matches, but did not fair as well in singles play. At Arizona UCLA claimed five of the six singles contests, but only two Bruins posted singles wins at Arizona State. Most impressive over the weekend was junior Brandon Kramer who registered two straight-set wins in the No. 4 position over the weekend. In the No. 6 slot, sophomore Chris Sands won both of his matches although he had to battle back after dropping the first set at ASU for an important win over Tim Hammond Sophomore Jean-Noel Grinda, freshman Zack Fleishman and senior Jason Cook posted wins at Arizona, but lost at ASU.
Next Up More Home Action
UCLA continues the homestand with a non-conference match against the University of San Diego on Tuesday, Feb. 10 and plays its first Pac-10 home match against crosstown rival USC on Friday, Feb. 12. Both matches will begin 1:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on the UCLA campus. Admission to all UCLA home tennis matches is FREE.
Bruins' Last Lineup w/Records
Pos. Name Dual Overall 1S Jean-Noel Grinda 3-1 10-2 2S Zack Fleishman 3-1 13-6 3S Jason Cook 3-1 4-2 4S Brandon Kramer 4-0 14-5 5S Jong-Min Lee 2-2 9-6 6S Chris Sands 4-0 12-4 7S Noah Newman 0-0 6-4 1D Grinda / Lee 4-0 5-1 2D Cook / Kramer 4-0 6-1 3D Rozpedski / Sands 1-0 1-0Bruins In The 98-99 ITA National Rankings
Team Fall UCLA 5 tie
Singles PS Fall Singles PS Fall Cook 63 NA Fleishman 85 66 Grinda 10 NA Lee 36 Kramer t92
Doubles PS Fall Grinda/Lee 23 NA