Jan. 26, 2004
No. 7 Bruins to Host Clemson, USC This Week . . .
Seventh-ranked UCLA (2-0) has a busy week ahead, as the Bruins host No. 26 Clemson on Tuesday and No. 21 USC on Friday. Both matches begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. Clemson enters Tuesday's match with a 3-0 record, having defeated UC Irvine, 4-3 on Sunday. The Bruins lead the all-time series 5-2. USC (2-0) opened the season last week with a pair of victories over Cal Poly and Fresno State. UCLA leads the all-time series 59-30, defeating the Trojans in all three meetings last year. Friday's match, which will not count in the Pac-10 Conference standings, is important in terms of points for the annual Lexus Gauntlet Trophy.
UCLA Opens 2004 With Pair of Shutouts . . .
UCLA has been impressive in its only two matches of 2004, shutting out both UC Irvine and Fresno State. The Bruins have surrendered just two sets in 12 singles matches and have yet to drop a doubles match. One of the biggest victories thus far came in the UC Irvine contest, when 36th-ranked Alberto Francis and Kris Kwinta defeated sixth-ranked Jonathan Endrikat/Brian Morton, 8-5.
Clemens Pushes Streak to 18 . . .
UCLA senior Tobias Clemens has won 18-consecutive matches dating back to Oct. 23 of 2003. During the streak, he has captured titles at the ITA West Regionals, Southern California Intercollegiates and Sherwood Collegiate Cup. His title at Sherwood was his third in as many years. Clemens, ranked No. 12 nationally, owns a 19-1 overall record this season with his only loss coming against 78th-ranked Michael Rubin of Michigan in the second round of the ITA All-American.
National Team Indoors Begin Next Week . . .
UCLA will be one of 16 teams vying for the title at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors, Feb. 5-8 in Seattle, Wash. With a format similar to the season-ending NCAA Championships, the National Team Indoors is an early look at who will be the favorites come May. Other teams scheduled to compete include: Baylor, Boise State, California, Duke, Florida, Harvard, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Stanford, Texas, Texas A&M, Tulsa, Vanderbilt and host Washington. The University of Washington has hosted the National Team Indoors four times and UCLA has won all four.
UCLA in the Rankings . . .
UCLA checks in at No. 7 in the ITA Rankings released on Jan. 13. Defending NCAA Champion Illinois is ranked No. 1. The Illini are followed by Baylor, Florida, Vanderbilt, Stanford and Mississippi. New team rankings will be released on Jan. 27. Individually, Tobias Clemens is ranked No. 12 and is followed by No. 18 Chris Lam, No. 79 Kris Kwinta and No. 90 Alberto Francis. In doubles, Clemens and Lam are ranked No. 23, while Francis and Kwinta check in at No. 36.
ITA Top-25 (Jan. 13) 1. Illinois 2. Baylor 3t. Florida 3t. Vanderbilt 5. Stanford 6. Mississippi 7. UCLA 8. Duke 9. Texas A&M 10. Kentucky 11. Washington 12. California 13. Texas 14. VCU 15. Minnesota 16. Tulane 17. Ohio State 18. TCU 19. Louisiana State 20. Alabama 21. USC 22. Oklahoma State 23. Georgia 24. Rice 25. South Carolina
Bruins and Trojans to Battle on TV . . .
Fox Sports Net has decided to air a tape-delayed broadcast of the UCLA/USC match on Mar. 2. The match, played at USC's Marks Tennis Stadium, will air on Mar. 6 at 3:00 p.m. UCLA won last year's TV showdown at the LATC, 7-0.
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.