Jan. 31, 2000
The No. 1 UCLA Bruins (5-0 overall, 2-0 Pac-10) conclude their homestand next week when they face off against No. 21 Pepperdine (5-0) on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 1:30 pm. The match will be held at the Los Angeles Tennis Center and admission is free.
About the OpponentThe Pepperdine Waves, guided by third year head coach Peter Smith, are off to an impressive 5-0 start this season, registering two sweeps against No. 49 UNLV and St. Mary's. Last year, the Waves finished with a 23-8 overall record and made an NCAA second round tournament appearance. They return six letterwinners from last year's squad. The Bruins are 35-12 in the series against Pepperdine, however the two teams have not met since 1997, when they split their two dual matches.
Last WeekUCLA Grabs Three Wins at Home
The UCLA men's tennis team recorded three wins at home this past week, including two consecutive shutouts.
On Saturday, Jan. 29, UCLA posted its second consecutive sweep, defeating No. 55 Arizona State 7-0 in a Pac-10 Conference matchup at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The Bruins started the match by claiming the doubles point and posting wins on all three courts. In singles action, UCLA prevailed on all six courts. The match-clincher came on court No. 3, where freshman Lassi Ketola claimed the first set 6-3 over Klinger, fell 6-1 in the second and then rebounded from the loss to grab a 6-4 third set victory. Arizona State's closest win came on court No. 6, where freshman Erfan Djahangiri refused to let the Sun Devils claim a single point and came from behind to beat ASU's Mele 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-5.
The previous day, UCLA swept the No. 55 Arizona Wildcats 7-0 in the Pac-10 Conference opener for both teams at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The Bruins started the day on a positive note by sweeping doubles play and claiming the first point of the match. The day got even better for the Bruins, as they cruised to singles victories on all six courts. The backcourts sealed the victory for UCLA, earning three straight set victories and bringing the score to 4-0 behind wins from junior Chris Sands and newcomers Djahangiri and Jean-Julien Rojer. The frontcourts provided much the same picture, as UCLA once again grabbed three more straight set victories en route to a 7-0 sweep.
On Wednesday, Jan. 26, UCLA defeated the No. 17 Fresno State Bulldogs, 4-3, in a down-to-the-wire match at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. With the score tied at 3-3, the four hour match was ultimately decided on court No. 2, where UCLA senior co-captain Brandon Kramer outlasted FSU's No. 23 Peter Luczak, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. The third set went back and forth and was tied at 3-3 when Kramer eventually forged ahead and clinched the win for UCLA. The Bruins had earlier swept doubles play to claim the first point of the day and then went on to grab singles wins behind Djahangiri and Rojer.