March 11, 2002
vs. (14) DukeWednesday, Mar. 13 - 1:30 p.m. Los Angeles Tennis Center
This Week . . .
The No. 4 UCLA men's tennis team will host No. 14 Duke at the Los Angeles Tennis Center this Wednesday beginning at 1:30 p.m. UCLA owns a 9-1 all-time record against Duke, having defeated the then-No. 9 Blue Devils, 4-1 at the National Team Indoors back on Feb. 9. The Bruins have won seven in a row and are coming off a 4-3 win over No. 3 USC last Thursday. Duke is coming off a 4-3 loss to Virginia Commonwealth on Mar. 6 and will take on UC Irvine on Mar. 11.
Bruins Win Pac-10 Opener, Avenge Only Loss of 2002 . . .
UCLA defeated No. 3 USC, 4-3 Thursday at the Marks Tennis Stadium on the campus of USC. With the victory, the Bruins won their seventh straight and avenged a 4-1 loss to the Trojans back on Feb. 8 at the National Team Indoors, UCLA's only loss on the season. On Thursday, Lassi Ketola clinched the match for UCLA, defeating USC's Daniel Langre, 5-7, 7-6, 6-3 at No. 5 singles to give UCLA the 4-3 decision. The match will be televised on a tape-delayed basis by Fox Sports Net2. It will air three times, beginning on Mar. 12 at 1:00 p.m. The other two times are Mar. 17 at 11:00 a.m. and Mar. 20 at 8:00 p.m. Leif Shiras and Tom Kelly called the action.
Bruins Riding Seven-Match Winning Streak . . .
Since UCLA's loss to USC back on Feb. 7, the Bruins have won seven in a row, starting with Duke back on Feb. 8. During the streak, the Bruins have registered three wins over top-10 opponents, including then-No. 9 Duke, 4-1 (2/8), current-No. 9 Pepperdine, 5-2 (2/27) and No. 3 USC, 4-3 (3/7).
Clemens on Fire . . .
The highest ranked Bruin at No. 13 in the nation, Tobias Clemens has played UCLA's last nine matches at the No. 1 position. He owns one of the best records on the team at 25-4 and is an impressive 8-1 at the top spot, with his only loss coming to Steven Capriati of Arizona on Feb. 23. Clemens owned an 18-match winning streak from Nov. 8 to Feb. 22. Last Thursday he continued his dominance over c
rosstown rival USC, defeating Trojan No. 1 Andrew Park for the fourth time this year.
Bruins in the Individual Rankings . . .
#13 - Tobias Clemens #23 - Rodrigo Grilli #24 - Marcin Matkowski #68 - Jean-Julien Rojer
#2 - Matkowski/Rojer #18 - Clemens/Ketola #47 - Francis/Grilli
Bruins Move Up to No. 4 . . .
After being ranked No. 5 in the country for three-straight weeks, the Bruins the Bruins moved up one spot to No. 4 in the latest team rankings released on Mar. 6. UCLA will likely move up one spot again this week as a result of its defeat over No. 3 USC. The Bruins started the season at No. 3, however fell two spots to No. 5 after their loss to the Trojans back on Feb. 7. New team rankings will be released this Wednesday.