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Top-Ranked UCLA Men's Tennis Meets No. 69 UC Irvine
By: UCLA Athletics

Feb. 8, 2000

LOS ANGELES - The No. 1 UCLA Bruins (5-1 overall, 2-0 Pac-10) take to the road this week for the first time in the 2000 dual match season when they face off against No. 69 UC Irvine (5-0) on Saturday at noon. Latest Rankings

Bruins Hold on to No. 1

UCLA continues to hold the No. 1 slot in the latest edition of the ITA national rankings released on February 2. However, after the Bruins' 5-2 upset by No. 21 Pepperdine last Tuesday, they will likely drop in the next rankings, which will be released on February 9. Junior Chris Sands, who is slated at No. 53 in the nation, is UCLA's only singles player ranked in individuals. However, preseason No. 3 Jean-Noel Grinda, No. 81 Brandon Kramer and No. 83 Jong-Min Lee, who all dropped out of the last poll because they did not compete in fall collegiate tournaments, should be expected to make their return to the ITA Rankings in the February 9 poll. In regional rankings, Sands is ranked No. 12 and freshman Lassi Ketola earned a spot at No. 25. The doubles team of Ketola and Sands are ranked No. 15. About the Opponent

The UC Irvine Anteaters currently own a perfect 5-0 dual match record. On Friday, Feb. 11, UC Irvine travels to Los Angeles to face No. 11 USC at 1:30 pm before heading back home to host the Bruins the following day. Currently, UC Irvine does not have any singles or doubles players in the ITA Individual Rankings. Last year, head coach Steve Clark guided the Anteaters to a 15-5 record.

Last Week

UCLA Drops Match to No. 21 Pepperdine, 5-2

The No. 1 UCLA men's tennis team suffered a 5-2 upset at the hands of No. 21 Pepperdine Tuesday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. With the loss, the Bruins dropped to 5-1, while Pepperdine improved to 6-0.

The day started off on a disappointing note when UCLA lost the doubles point for the first time in the 2000 dual match season. Pepperdine took the first match when Sebastien Graeff and Anthony Ross, ranked No. 2 in the nation, knocked off UCLA's Brandon Kramer and Jong-Min Lee 8-5 at No. 1 doubles. The Waves won the one point awarded for doubles when John Hui and Robert Kendrick bested Lassi Ketola and Chris Sands 8-3 on court No. 2.

UCLA evened the match when Kramer registered a quick 7-6, 6-2 win over Chase Exon at No. 2 singles. Next to finish was court No. 3 where UCLA's Jean-Noel Grinda, seeing his first dual-match singles action of the season, lost to Graeff 6-4, 7-5. Pepperdine took a 3-1 advantage after Ross beat Ketola 6-2, 7-6(5) on court No. 4.

The Waves clinched the upset when Alastair Garland knocked off UCLA's Chris Sands 6-2, 6-4 at No. 5 singles. Although Pepperdine had already won the dual-match, two singles matches were still in progress. UCLA's Jean-Julien Rojer made the score 4-2 after he beat Stefan Suter 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 on court No. 5. Last to finish was court No. 1, where Robert Kendrick outlasted UCLA's Lee 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, giving Pepperdine the 5-2 victory.

Next Up

UCLA will host two matches at the Los Angeles Tennis Center next week. On Wed., February 16, the Bruins meet UC Santa Barbara at 1:30 pm. On Fri., Feb. 18, UCLA plays host to crosstown rival No. 11 USC. The match begins at 1:30 pm.

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