March 6, 2000
The UCLA men's tennis team (11-2 overall, 3-0 Pac-10) will travel to Arizona for two Pac-10 conference games. On Friday, March 10, UCLA heads to Tempe to face off against No. 37 Arizona State (4-3, 0-3) at 1:30 pm. The following day, the Bruins travel to Tucson to go head-to-head with No. 35 Arizona (6-3, 1-2) at noon.
About the Opponents
Earlier this season, UCLA swept Arizona State 7-0 in a Pac-10 conference matchup at UCLA's Los Angeles Tennis Center. Since then, the Sun Devils have bounced back to win four of their last five dual matches by a combined 20-11. In addition, the Sun Devils have clinched the doubles point in their last five duals. In the ITA Rankings, Ed Carter is tied for 100 in singles, while he and partner Alex Osterrieth are ranked No. 29 in doubles. Head coach Lou Belken, who is in his 18th year, returns two starters from last year's squad, which tied for third in the conference and reached the round of 16 in the NCAAs. UCLA is 48-1 all-time against Arizona State, having recorded its only loss to the Sun Devils last year in Tempe.
The Bruins blanked Arizona 7-0 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on January 29 and will look to extend their all-time record against the Wildcats to 46-0. The Wildcats are now 6-3 overall and 1-2 in Pac-10 play. Arizona's only win in conference action this season came after the Wildcats upset Arizona State 4-3 on Feb. 27. Currently, Arizona has does not have any singles or doubles players listed in the ITA Rankings. Last year the Wildcats finished the season with a 7-12 overall record and a 2-10 mark in the Pac-10 under 14-year head coach Bill Wright. They return seven letterwinners from last year's squad.
Bruins Improve to No. 2 Nationally
After advancing to the finals of the National Indoor Championships, UCLA moved up from No. 7 to No. 2 in the latest ITA National Rankings, which were released on Wednesday, March 1. In the latest ITA Individual Rankings which were also released on March 1, the Bruins have three singles players and one doubles team listed. Leading the way is senior co-captain Brandon Kramer, who is ranked No. 53. Newcomer Jean-Julien Rojer is listed No. 70 and senior Jong-Min Lee is listed No. 73. In doubles, the Kramer/Lee duo is ranked No. 23. UCLA's players should be expected to improve in the March 15 Individual Rankings, as they posted numerous upsets against nationally ranked players at the National Indoors from Feb. 24-27.
UCLA at the National Pacific Coast Doubles
UCLA men's tennis sent three doubles teams to compete at the 111th Pacific Coast Doubles Tournament, held at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club from March 2-5. The tandem of Jean-Noel Grinda and Jong-Min Lee advanced to the round of 16, while the teams of Alan Bohane/Erfan Djahangiri and Lassi Ketola/Travis Rettenmaier both reached the round of 32.
Grinda and Lee, who ended the season ranked No. 7 in the nation when they last teamed together in '99, defeated KC Corkery and Eric M. Janson 6-3 in the first round before defeating Juan Cerda and Rodrigo Grilli 7-6(5), 6-3 in the round of 32. In the round of 16, the duo extended their match against Marty Davis and Chris Dunk to three sets, but eventually fell to 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.
Freshmen Alan Bohane and Erfan Djahangiri defeated Barry S. Friedman and Hank Lloyd 0-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the first round and then fell 6-2, 7-5 to Steve Adamson and Andrew Cheney in the second. Fellow freshmen Lassi Ketola and Travis Rettenmaier handed Eric Basart and Frank Grannis a 6-1, 6-3 loss in the first round before dropping their second round match to John Chanfreau and Ryan Redondo 6-4, 6-3.
UCLA will host No. 3 Duke on Tuesday, March 14 at 1:30 pm at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. Next Tuesday's match marks the second time both schools have met this season. On February 26, UCLA upset Duke 5-2 in the semifinals of the National Team Indoor Championships and advanced to the finals before falling 4-3 to Stanford.