April 10, 2000
This Week :
The UCLA men's tennis team (17-3 overall, 4-1 Pac-10) will be in Eugene next week to face off against No. 70 Oregon (11-6, 2-3) on Friday, April 14 at 1:30 pm. The following day, UCLA travels to Seattle to meet No. 26 Washington (14-6, 2-2) for a noon match. Both matches are Pac-10 conference games.
About the Opponents :
The Oregon Ducks are coming off upset victories over No. 55 Arizona and No. 63 Arizona State. With last weekend's sweep over the desert schools, Oregon is now 11-6 overall and 2-3 in league play. Five-year head coach Chris Russell loses three letterwinners from last year's squad but returns three talented seniors in Guillermo Carter, Joaquin Hamdan and Cedric Van Haver. Carter is currently ranked No. 51 in the ITA poll, while the tandem of Carter and freshman Leslie Eisinga are listed at No. 47 in doubles. Last year, UCLA defeated Oregon 6-1 at home. All-time, UCLA leads the series against the Ducks, 6-0.
The Washington Huskies are currently ranked No. 26 in the nation. Last week, the Huskies lost a tight 4-3 match to Arizona State but rebounded the following day to beat Arizona 6-1. Currently, Washington has no individuals ranked in either singles or doubles. UCLA leads the series against the Huskies 13-1, with its only loss (5-2) coming in 1998 in Seattle.
Latest Rankings :
Bruins Remain at No. 1 for Third Straight Week
For the third straight week, UCLA occupies the top spot in the latest ITA Rankings with a 48.71 point-per-match average. The Bruins are currently in their second stint at the No. 1 spot after having opened the season at No. 1 and occupying that spot until February 16. However, after suffering a 4-3 loss to fourth-ranked Stanford this past Friday, UCLA should be expected to move down in the rankings. In the latest ITA Individual Rankings which were released on March 29, the Bruins have four players listed: No. 26 Jong-Min Lee, No. 36 Brandon Kramer, No. 78 Jean-Julien Rojer and No. 94 Erfan Djahangiri. Lee's No. 26 ranking is his highest ever, while Djahangiri entered the ITA Rankings for the first time ever. The doubles team of Kramer and Lee moved up four spots to all-time-high No. 4.
Last Week :
Stanford freshman David Martin outlasted Lassi Ketola 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 at No. 5 singles to clinch fourth-ranked Stanford's 4-3 upset over top-ranked UCLA this past Friday at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium. The Cardinal is now 2-0 against the Bruins this season, including a 4-3 win in the finals of the National Team Indoor Championships on Feb. 27 in Louisville, Kentucky. UCLA received straight set wins from 78th-ranked Jean-Julien Rojer at No. 4 singles and 94th-ranked Erfan Djahangiri at No. 6. And in a battle of players that were at the top of the ITA rankings before early season injuries, UCLA's Jean-Noel Grinda defeated K.J. Hippensteel 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3. Hippensteel, who entered the winter ranked No. 1 in the nation, was playing his first singles match since rupturing his spleen during a second round contest at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic on Jan. 14. Grinda opened the year ranked third in the country in singles, but did not compete in the fall because of a shoulder injury. Earlier in the day, Stanford clinched the doubles point after Ali Ansari and Scotty Scott defeated Ketola and Travis Rettenmaier 9-7 on court No. 3. UCLA's lone doubles win came on court No. 2, where Grinda and Rojer handed Hippensteel and Martin an 8-5 loss.
The following day, UCLA avenged its loss, defeating Cal 6-1. Things began well for the Bears as they took two of three doubles matches to capture the doubles point. Cal's junior duo of Scott Kintz and Erik Dmytruk, ranked 31st in the country upset UCLA's fourth-ranked duo of Brandon Kramer and Jong-Min Lee, 8-3. Freshman John Paul Fruttero and David Tzou garnered the only other Cal victory of the afternoon at the No. 3 spot, downing Lassi Ketola and Travis Rettenmaier of UCLA, 8-6. Despite losing the doubles point, the Bruins went on to dominate singles play, sweeping all six matches to ensure the win.
Next Up :
Next week UCLA hosts California on Friday, April 21 at 1:30 pm. The Bruins will also have a chance to avenge their two season losses to Stanford when they host the Cardinal on April 22 at noon.