March 8, 2004
Bruins Begin Six-Match Homestand with No. 9 Duke . . .
The No. 10-ranked UCLA men's tennis team will host No. 9 Duke (8-4) this Wednesday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center beginning at 1:30 p.m. That match will be the first of six-consecutive home matches for the Bruins over the next three weeks. Following its showdown with the Blue Devils, UCLA hosts Arizona (8-4) on Friday at 1:30 p.m. and No. 20 Arizona State (4-4) on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The Bruins were upset by ASU, 5-2 back on Feb. 20, however rebounded the following day to defeat Arizona, 4-3. Those contests did not count in the conference standings, however this weekend's matches will.
Bruins Send Players to Pac Coast Doubles Championships . . .
UCLA had two doubles teams reach the round of 16 at last week's Pacific Coast Doubles Championships in La Jolla, Calif. Alberto Francis and Kris Kwinta, seeded No. 5, won a pair of matches before falling to USC coaches Peter Smith/Kyle Spencer, 6-4, 6-3. Philipp Gruendler and Chris Surapol also won two matches before losing to top-seeded Lester Cook/Ante Matijevic of Texas A&M, 6-3, 6-3. Jason Nguyen and Aaron Yovan were beaten in the round of 32 by Notre Dame's Brent D'Amico/Ryan Keckley, 6-2, 6-1.
UCLA Falls to Cross-Town Rival USC, 4-3 . . ..
For just the third time in the last 10 years, UCLA was beaten by USC in men's tennis. Although it claimed the doubles point, UCLA could not hold off the No. 7 Trojans in singles play, dropping four of six matches. The two singles winners for UCLA were Chris Lam, who defeated Daniel Langre at No. 4 singles, and Kris Kwinta, who knocked off Jamil Al-Agba at the No. 3 spot. Since 1995, the Bruins and Trojans have met 25 times in men's tennis, with UCLA owning a lopsided 22-3 advantage. UCLA leads the all-time series, 60-31.
UCLA in the ITA Rankings . . ..
As a team, UCLA checks in at No. 10 in the nation according to the latest rankings released by the ITA last week. Individually, Tobias Clemens jumped up from No. 12 to No. 5 in singles. He is followed by No. 43 Alberto Francis, No. 61 Chris Lam and No. 73 Kris Kwinta. In doubles, Francis and Kwinta are ranked No. 29. Chris Surapol and Aaron Yovan check in at No. 36. New team and individual rankings will be released on Mar. 9.
ITA Top-25 (3/2) 1. Illinois 2. Mississippi 3. Florida 4. Stanford 5. TCU 6. Baylor 7. USC 8. Rice 9. Duke 10. UCLA 11. VCU 12. LSU 13. Texas A&M 14. Ohio State 15. Kentucky 16. Harvard 17. Texas 18. Pepperdine 19. South Carolina 20. ASU 21. Georgia 22. Vanderbilt 23. Virginia 24. Alabama 25. Arkansas
Lam Snaps Losing Streak Against Trojans . . ..
With his 6-2, 6-3 victory over USC's Daniel Langre at No. 4 singles on Mar. 2, Bruin junior Chris Lam snapped his four-match losing streak dating back to Feb 17. Lam is also one of just four Bruins to win 20 singles matches this year, as he now stands at 20-11 overall.
UCLA Home Matches Live Via the Internet . . ..
All UCLA home matches can be followed live at UCLA's official athletic website www.uclabruins.com. Fans can access the matches by clicking on the "Live Stats" link in the Events Calendar on the front page or by going into the men's tennis schedule. There is also a link on the men's tennis page.
Head Coach Billy Martin . . ..
The 1996 ITA National Coach of the Year and UCLA's 1975 NCAA singles champion, Billy Martin, owns a 239-48 (.833) record in his 11th season as head coach at UCLA. He has led the Bruins into the NCAA Tournament in each of his 10 seasons, guiding the team to seven top-4 finishes, including trips to the finals in 1996 and '99. UCLA has also won four Pac-10 titles during his tenure.