Jan. 17, 2006
Defending NCAA Champion Bruins Kickoff 2006 Season This Week . . .
The reigning NCAA Champion UCLA men's tennis team plays its first match of the 2006 season this week, as the Bruins host San Diego this Friday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center beginning at 1:30 p.m. It also marks the first match of the season for the Toreros, whom the Bruins own a 21-0 advantage over in the all-time series. Live stats for the match can be accessed at UCLA's official athletic website - www.uclabruins.com
Kohlloeffel Captures Title at National Collegiate Tennis Classic . . .
Junior Benjamin Kohlloeffel won yet another singles title last week, as he won five-straight matches to win the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in Indian Wells, Calif. Kohlloeffel, the tournament's No. 1 seed, defeated Pepperdine's Scott Doerner, 6-2, 7-6 in the finals. Kohlloeffel, who dropped just one set during the tournament, posted wins over Bruno Agostinelli (Kentucky), Darrin Cohen (Virginia), Marko Miklo (Virginia) and Eric Claesson (Mississippi) before beating Doerner in the final. By winning the title, Kohlloeffel earned a wild card into the qualifying of the Pacific Life Open, an ATP event held in Indian Wells every March. Also competing at the N.C.T.C were junior Philipp Gruendler and freshman Michael Look. Both players advanced to the quarterfinals in singles. Gruendler and Kohlloeffel also reached the semifinals in the doubles draw.
Dehaine Downs Nation's No. 1 Player at Sherwood Collegiate Cup . . .
Sophomore Mathieu Dehaine took out No. 1-ranked Lars Poerschke of Baylor, 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 in the quarterfinals of the Sherwood Collegiate Cup in Sherman Oaks, Calif. over the weekend. Dehaine, who ended up falling to Baylor's Matija Zgaga in the semifinals, advanced farther than any other Bruin in the singles draw. Jeremy Drean and Chris Surapol were quarterfinalists in singles play. Haythem Abid and Surapol advanced to the semifinals in doubles.
Bruins Begin the Year Ranked No. 5 Nationally . . .
UCLA, which finished 2005 as the nation's No. 1-ranked team, checks in at No. 5 in the latest ITA Rankings released on Jan. 10. Virginia is the No. 1 team, followed by Florida, Georgia and Illinois. Individually, Benjamin Kohlloeffel is ranked No. 3 nationally in singles. He is followed by No. 75 Mathieu Dehaine. Jeremy Drean and Chris Surapol are ranked No. 36 in doubles play.
ITA Rankings (Jan. 10)
11. Florida State
12. South Carolina
13. Texas A&M
15. Wake Forest
18. Ohio State
23. Texas Tech
24. Oklahoma State
25. Mississippi State