March 7, 2006
UCLA to Host Baylor Under the Lights . . .
In one of the most highly anticipated matchups of the 2006 college tennis season, the winners of the last two NCAA men's tennis titles square off this Saturday, as No. 6 UCLA (10-3) hosts No. 7 Baylor (7-3) in a rare evening match at the Los Angeles Tennis Center (5:00 p.m.). Saturday will mark the first night match at the LATC since UCLA hosted the NCAA Championships back in 1997. Saturday is also a double-header with the UCLA women's team, as the No. 16 Bruins host Washington at Noon. Live stats for both matches will be available at www.uclabruins.com. All regular-season matches at the LATC are free to the public.
Bruins vs. Bears History . . .
The UCLA vs. Baylor matchup has been one of the biggest rivalries in college tennis the past couple of years, as the two teams have faced off in the NCAA Finals the past two years. In 2004, Baylor captured the school's first-ever NCAA team title, defeating UCLA, 4-0 in the championship match in Tulsa, Okla. UCLA returned the favor a year later in College Station, Texas, as the Bruins won their first titles since 1984, upsetting top-seeded Baylor, 4-3. That win snapped Baylor's 57-match winning streak, the second longest in NCAA history. Other than the two meetings in the NCAA Tournament, the Bruins and Bears have met only one other time, with Baylor taking a 5-2 victory over UCLA at the LATC back on Feb. 26, 2004.
Last Week . . .
UCLA began the week with a 5-2 home victory over No. 26 USC on Tuesday. The Bruins won the doubles point and then received singles victories from Benjamin Kohlloeffel, Haythem Abid, Chris Surapol and Michael Look. With the win, UCLA extended its home winning streak over the Trojans to 16 in a row. UCLA has not lost to USC at home since 1991. Following the win over their cross-town rivals, the Bruins had a break from dual-mach play over the weekend, traveling to the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships in La Jolla, Calif. UCLA had two teams advance to the quarterfinals, as the duos of Jeremy Drean/Michael Look and Philipp Gruendler/Luben Pampoulov made it the farthest in the tournament.
Kohlloeffel to Compete in Indian Wells Qualifying . . .
Junior Benjamin Kohlloeffel will be competing in this week's qualifying for the Pacific Life Open, an ATP Masters Series Event in Indian Wells, Calif. Kohlloeffel, who earned a wildcard into the qualifying by winning the National Collegiate Tennis Classic this past January, will face Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in his first match. Garcia-Lopez is currently ranked No. 91 in the latest ATP Rankings. Kohlloeffel needs to win two matches in order to reach the main singles draw, which begins on Friday, Mar. 10.
First Computer Rankings Released . . .
UCLA checks in at No. 6 in the first computer rankings of the season released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Tuesday. Up to this point, team rankings had been done using a polling system. Individual rankings will be released on Wednesday. Benjamin Kohlloeffel is currently ranked No. 3 in singles play. He is followed by No. 75 Michael Look and No. 82 Mathieu Dehaine. In doubles, Philipp Gruendler and Kohlloeffel check in at No. 10. Despite not playing together since the fall, Chris Surapol and Jeremy Drean are ranked No. 43. Team rankings will be released again on Mar. 14.
Former Bruins Borowiak, Taygan to be Inducted into ITA Hall of Fame . . .
Former UCLA tennis standouts Jeff Borowiak and Ferdi Taygan are part of a group of nine individuals who will be inducted into the ITA Hall of Fame on May 24 in conjunction with the NCAA Championships at Stanford. Borowiak played at UCLA from 1969-71, earning All-America honors all three years. He won the NCAA Singles title in 1970, and teamed with Haroon Rahim in 1971 to capture the NCAA Doubles championship. Borowiak led UCLA to NCAA Team titles in 1970 and `71. Taygan was a four-time All-American, lettering at UCLA from 1974-77. He captured the NCAA Doubles title with Peter Fleming in 1976 and was a member of NCAA Championship teams in 1974 and `76.
Head Coach Billy Martin . . .
UCLA head coach Billy Martin owns a 290-56 (.838) overall record in his 13th season in Westwood. He led UCLA to its first NCAA title in more than 20 years this past May, as the Bruins pulled off a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over Baylor in the 2005 NCAA final. As a player at UCLA in 1975, Martin captured the NCAA Singles Championship before going on to a very successful professional career. He is a member of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Hall of Fame.
Fila/ITA Team Rankings (3/7)
9. Ohio State
13. North Carolina
18. Georgia Tech
19. Notre Dame
23. San Diego
24. Oklahoma State
25. North Carolina St.