Jan. 17, 2000
Bruins Host UNLV and Hold Annual Raqueteer Day
The top-ranked UCLA men's tennis team (1-0 overall) plays host to the No. 49 UNLV Rebels on Thursday Jan. 20 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The match begins at 1:30 pm and admission is FREE. Also this week, UCLA will be holding its annual Bruin Raqueteer Day on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 9 am at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.
About The Rebels
Thursday's match between UCLA and UNLV will be the season-opener for the Rebels, who are led by nine-year head coach Larry Easley. The Bruins own a 2-0 series record against the Rebels, however the two teams have not met since 1998, when UCLA defeated UNLV 7-0. The Rebels finished the '99 season with a 12-10 dual match record, falling in the regioanl semifinals. They return four lettermen from last year's squad.
UCLA Defeats San Diego State 6-1
The UCLA men's tennis team, slated at No. 1 in the national rankings, opened the season with a 6-1 victory over No. 54 San Diego State Wednesday, Jan. 12 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The match was the season opener for both teams. The Bruins started the match by sweeping doubles play to claim the first point of the day. First off the court were UCLA's Jean-Noel Grinda and Erfan Djahangiri, who would not relinquish an early lead, defeating SDSU's team of Dan Castro and Blair O'Hara 8-4. The Bruins clinched the doubles point after Brandon Kramer and Chris Sands defeated SDSU's Travis Hasson and Sean Walker 8-4. Court No. 1 provided the most exciting doubles play, as UCLA's team of Jong-Min Lee and Lassi Ketola bounced back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Aztecs' Adam Webster and Matt Bere 8-5.
In singles action, court No. 6 was the first to finish, as UCLA's Jean-Julien Rojer defeated Blair O'Hara 6-2, 6-4. Soon after, Lee handed Webster a 6-3, 6-2 loss on court No. 1. UCLA clinched the victory after Sands defeated Walker 7-5, 6-1 on court No. 4. Courts No. 3 and 5 went into three sets. On court No. 5 Djahangiri prevailed, defeating Castro 6-2, 5-7, 6-1. The Aztecs' only point came on court No. 3, the last to finish. Ketola won the first set 6-3 but Hasson staved off the loss, battling back to claim the last two sets, 6-2, 6-4.
UCLA at the NCTC
The Bruins were one of eight top teams to compete in the 24th Annual National Collegiate Tennis Classic held at the exclusive Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif. from Jan. 14-16.
In singles action, UCLA's Sands, Ketola and Erfan Djahangiri all dropped second round matches, while senior co-captain Brandon Kramer fell 6-3, 6-2 in the first round to Pepperdine's Sebastien Graeff and senior Jong-Min Lee lost 6-3, 6-3 to Kentucky's Carlos Drada. Sands posted a 6-2, 6-2 win over Pepperdine's Steve Racioppi before Brandon Hawk of Texas eliminated him 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. Djahangiri defeated Kentucky's Reven Stevens 6-2, 7-5 and then took a 6-3, 6-3 loss to Michael Blue of Texas. Ketola handed USC's Parker Collins a 7-6(4), 6-1 loss before dropping 6-3, 6-2 to Stanford's Alex Kim.
UCLA's doubles team of Lassi Ketola and Chris Sands advanced to the semifinals, where they eventually fell to Texas' Jorge Haro and Brandon Hawk, 8-4. Ketola and Sands cruised past USC's Christian Jenson and Scott Merriman 8-2 on the first day of competition and then went on to post an 8-5 victory over Pepperdine's Sebastien Graeff and Anthony Ross on Saturday. The team of Brandon Kramer and Jong-Min Lee fell 8-6 to Ryan Moore and Daniel Langre in the first round.
UCLA continues its long homestand next week when it meets Fresno State on Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 1:30 pm. Pac-10 action begins on Jan. 28 when the Bruins host Arizona and Arizona State the following day. The homestand concludes when UCLA meets Pepperdine on Tuesday, Feb. 1.