March 15, 2004
Bruins Round Out Non-Conference Schedule Against SDSU . . .
Eighth-ranked UCLA (11-5; 2-1 Pac-10) will play its final non-conference match of the regular season this Tuesday when the Bruins host San Diego State (3-3) at the Los Angeles Tennis Center beginning at 1:30 p.m. UCLA defeated the Aztecs 6-1 last season and lead the all-time series, 28-0. Tuesday will also mark the Bruins' final match before final exams and spring break. After Tuesday, UCLA will not be in action again until it hosts Cal on Apr. 2.
Bruins Edged by Blue Devils, Rebound Against Arizona Schools . . .
The Bruins started the week with a tough 4-3 loss to No. 10 Duke at the LATC. After winning the doubles point, UCLA lost matches in the Nos. 2-5 positions, giving UCLA its third loss in a row. The Bruins, however, were able to bounce back with a pair of victories over No. 25 Arizona and No. 22 Arizona State on Friday and Saturday. The Bruins snapped their losing streak against the Wildcats on Friday, a team they narrowly defeated (4-3) back on Feb. 21 in Tucson. UCLA was even more impressive against the Sun Devils on Saturday by capturing the doubles point and winning every singles match in straight sets. Saturday's victory avenged an earlier 5-2 loss to ASU back on Feb. 20 in Tempe.
UCLA in the ITA Rankings . . .
UCLA checks in at No. 8 in the country in the latest rankings released by the ITA on Mar. 9. Individually, five Bruins are ranked in singles headed by No. 6 Tobias Clemens. Following Clemens are No. 36 Kris Kwinta, No. 52 Chris Lam, No. 86 Philipp Gruendler and No. 95 Alberto Francis. In doubles, Francis and Kwinta are ranked No. 19. Chris Surapol and Aaron Yovan check in at No. 48. Team rankings will be released again on Mar. 16. New individual rankings are not scheduled to come out again until Mar. 23.
ITA Top-25 (3/2) 1. Illinois 2. Mississippi 3. Baylor 4. USC 5. Stanford 6. Rice 7. TCU 8. UCLA 9. Florida 10. Duke 11. VCU 12. Ohio State 13. Texas A&M 14. Harvard 15. Vanderbilt 16. Kentucky 17. LSU 18. Georgia 19. Virginia 20. Pepperdine 21. North Carolina 22. ASU 23. Arkansas 24. Texas 25. Arizona
Pampoulov to Make UCLA Debut Against Cal . . .
Bruin junior Luben Pampoulov will play his first dual match for UCLA against Cal on Apr. 2. A 6-1, left-hander from Dornbirn, Austria, Pampoulov arrived in Westwood last year but was forced to sit out due to NCAA eligibility requirements.
Clemens Approaching 30th Win . . .
With his next victory, senior Tobias Clemens will reach 30 singles wins for the third year in a row. Clemens, who owns a career record of 115-29, posted 34 singles victories in his sophomore year and 33 as a junior a year ago. He is currently 29-4 on the season.
Just Three Home Matches Remaining . . .
Barring NCAA Tournament play, the Bruins have just three remaining home matches on the schedule. Following the SDSU match on Tuesday, UCLA will play its final two home matches of the regular season on Friday, Apr. 2 (Cal) and Saturday, Apr. 3 (Stanford).
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 241-49 (.831) 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.