April 5, 2004
Bruins Continue Pac-10 Action This Week . . .
Fifth-ranked UCLA (14-5; 2-1 Pac-10) continues conference play this week, traveling to the Pacific Northwest for matches against Oregon (9-7; 1-3 Pac-10) on Friday and No. 19 Washington (13-6; 3-1 Pac-10) on Saturday. Both matches begin at 1:30 p.m. The Bruins are a combined 28-1 all-time against both schools, leading the Oregon series 10-0 and Washington by an 18-1 advantage.
Bruins Sweep Bay Area Schools . . .
For the first time since 2000 season, UCLA was able to sweep both Stanford and Cal in the same weekend. The Bruins started off strong, blanking Cal, 7-0 on Friday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. It was one of UCLA's most dominating performances of the season, as no Bruin even dropped a set in singles play. UCLA had a tougher time against No. 9 Stanford on Saturday, however was able to pull out a 5-2 victory nonetheless. UCLA won the doubles point and got singles wins from Luben Pampoulov, Chris Lam, Alberto Francis and Philipp Gruendler.
Pampoulov Successful in UCLA Debut . . .
After sitting out an entire year for NCAA eligibility purposes, Bruin newcomer Luben Pampoulov lived up to expectations in his UCLA debut over the weekend. The junior from Dornbirn, Austria defeated Cal's Balazs Veress, 6-1, 6-2 on Friday and Stanford's KC Corkery, 6-1, 7-6(5) on Saturday. He also teamed with freshman Philipp Gruendler to win both doubles matches.
New Doubles Combinations a Success . . .
Due to the recent activation of Luben Pampoulov, head coach Billy Martin has the luxury of trying out some new doubles combinations. Alberto Francis and Kris Kwinta, ranked No. 20 nationally, have remained UCLA's No. 1 doubles team, however there have been changes at the bottom two positions. In the Bruins' last two matches, Philipp Gruendler and Pampoulov have teamed together at No. 2, replacing Tobias Clemens and Chris Lam. At the No. 3 position, Clemens has taken Gruendler's place, now teaming with Chris Surapol.
Bruins Ranked No. 5 Nationally . . .
For the second week in a row UCLA checked in at No. 5 in the nation when the rankings were released on Mar. 30. Individually, The Bruins feature five singles players and one doubles team ranked. Headlining the group is fifth-ranked Tobias Clemens. He is followed by Alberto Francis (#60), Chris Lam (#62), Kris Kwinta (#78) and Philipp Gruendler (#98). In doubles, Francis and Kwinta check in at No. 20. New team and individual rankings are released this Tuesday (Apr. 6).
ITA Top-25 (3/30) 1. Illinois 2. Baylor 3. Mississippi 4. USC 5. UCLA 6. Duke 7. Rice 8. VCU 9. Stanford 10. Georgia 11. LSU 12. Virginia 13. Florida 14. TCU 15. Harvard 16. Ohio State 17. Tennessee 18. North Carolina 19. Washington 20. Vanderbilt 21. Arizona 22. Kentucky 23. Arkansas 24. Tulane 25. Texas A&M
What's Next . . .
UCLA's regular season is down to just four matches, as the Bruins hit the road to take on Oregon, Washington, Stanford and Cal. After that, the Bruins head to Ojai for the Pac-10 Championships, Apr. 22-25. NCAA regional play begins on May 15 at host schools throughout the country. The Bruins will likely be selected to host a four-team regional, May 15-16 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The 16-team NCAA Championships are From May 22-31 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The Race for the Pac-10 Title . . .
With a 3-0 record, USC leads the conference and can win this year's Pac-10 title outright with wins in its last four matches. At 2-1, UCLA would likely have to win out and hope USC drops one of its final four in order to have a chance at sharing the title.