Jan. 25, 2000
LOS ANGELES -- The No. 1 UCLA men's tennis team (2-0 overall) will host T-17 Fresno State (2-1) on Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 1:30 pm. Following Wednesday's match, the Bruins kick off Pac-10 play when they host the Arizona schools. On Friday, Jan. 28 the Bruins face off against No. 55 Arizona at 1:30 pm. The next day, UCLA meets No. 28 Arizona State for a noon matchup. Admission to all matches is FREE.
About The Opponents
Fresno State is 2-1 this season, having fallen to a Division II team, Hawai'i Pacific on Jan. 16. Last year the Bulldogs finished 20-9 overall and finished first in the Western Athletic Conference under head coach Michael Hegarty. They return all six of their starters in singles and five in doubles. The Bruins are an undefeated 18-0 all-time against Fresno State. Arizona opens the 2000 dual match season against the Bruins, who own a 44-0 series advantage over the Wildcats. Last year, the Wildcats finished with a 7-12 overall record and a 2-10 mark in conference play under 13-year head coach Bill Wright.
The Sun Devils kick off the 2000 dual match season this Friday against USC and then head across town to meet the Bruins the following day. Last year, Arizona State finished 16-6 and went 5-2 in Pac-10 play. Head coach Lou Belken returns two starters from last year's squad, which tied for third in the conference and reached the round of 16 in the NCAAs. UCLA is 47-1 all-time against Arizona State, having recorded its only loss to the Sun Devils last year.
UCLA Sweeps UNLV, 7-0
The top-ranked UCLA men's tennis team swept the No. 49 UNLV Rebels 7-0 last Thursday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. With the win, UCLA now owns an undefeated 3-0 series record against UNLV. The Bruins' record improved to 2-0, while the Rebels fell to 0-1.
UCLA started the day off on a good note by sweeping the doubles competition and claiming the lone point awarded for doubles play. The UCLA tandem of Brandon Kramer and Erfan Djahangiri cruised to an 8-1 win over UNLV's Tyler Roberts and Robbie Parlade on court No. 3. Moments later, UCLA claimed the doubles point when Chris Sands and Lassi Ketola sealed an 8-2 victory over Danny Erez and Gregor Skorin on court No. 2. Court No. 1 proved to be the most exciting, as the UCLA duo of Jong-Min Lee and Jean-Julien Rojer and the UNLV team of Vladimir Pavicevic and Nenad Zivcovic tied a total of five times before UCLA forged ahead from a 6-6 tie to claim an 8-6 win.
In singles action, UCLA took a commanding lead, claiming the first set in five courts and going on to win each of those matches in straight sets. Court No. 2 was first to finish, as UCLA's Kramer sailed past Zivkovic 6-0, 6-0. Also quick to finish was court No. 6, where UCLA's Rojer handed Parlade a 6-3, 6-0 loss. Next to finish was Sands, who defeated Roberts 6-1, 6-0 on court No. 4 to give UCLA the victory. Not soon after teammate Sands wrapped up his match, UCLA's Ketola registered a 6-2, 6-2 win over Erez on court No. 3. Last to finish a straight set victory was Lee, who posted a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Pavicevic on court No. 1 to put the Bruins ahead 6-0.
The Bruins' toughest competition came in the No. 5 position, the only court to go into three sets, where UNLV's Skorin claimed the first set over Djahangiri 6-3 and then fell 0-6, 3-6.
UCLA continues its long homestand next week when it hosts Pepperdine on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center at 1:30 pm. Later that week, UCLA sends individuals to compete at the USD Tournament from February 3-6.