May 17, 2004
UCLA Heads to Tulsa, Okla. for NCAA Round of 16 . . .
The No. 4-seeded UCLA men's tennis team (20-5) won a pair of NCAA Regional matches over the weekend to advance to the 16-team NCAA Championships, May 22-25 in Tulsa, Okla. The Bruins' opponent in the round of 16 will be Texas A&M (24-8). The Aggies advanced following a 4-0 upset over 13th-seeded Virginia Commonwealth. The winner of the UCLA/Texas A&M match will play either TCU or Clemson in the quarterfinals on Sunday. Live scoring for all matches and up to date tournament information can be accessed by visiting Tulsa's athletic website TulsaHurricane.com.
NCAA Top-16 Seeds 1. Illinois 2. USC 3. Baylor 4. UCLA 5. Duke 6. Virginia 7. Florida 8. Mississippi 9. Georgia 10. Stanford 11. North Carolina 12. Kentucky 13. VCU 14. LSU 15. Tennessee 16. Harvard
NCAA Individual Championships Begin May 26 . . .
The University of Tulsa will also be hosting the NCAA Singles & Doubles Championships, May 26-31 at the conclusion of the team competition. UCLA's Tobias Clemens has earned a No. 7 seed in the singles draw. Luben Pampoulov, who was listed as the first alternate, got into the draw after another player pulled out. In addition to Clemens and Pampoulov, the Bruins will have two teams competing in the NCAA Doubles Championships. Alberto Francis and Kris Kwinta are listed as a No. 5-8 seed. Philipp Gruendler and Pampoulov are not seeded but will also be playing.
Bruins Advance Through NCAA Regional Play . . .
UCLA didn't drop a single point in both of its matches in NCAA Regional competition at the Los Angeles Tennis Center over the weekend. The Bruins started by posting a 4-0 decision over Oral Roberts in the first round on Saturday. Pepperdine was also a first-round winner, defeating Fresno State, 4-0. In the regional final on Sunday, UCLA dispatched of Pepperdine, 4-0 to earn a spot in the round of 16.
Did You Know? . . .
UCLA is the only school in the county to have all six of its singles players listed in the ITA Singles Rankings. Leading the list is Tobias Clemens at No. 7. He is followed by Chris Lam (#60), Alberto Francis (#63), Luben Pampoulov (#67), Kris Kwinta (#88) and Philipp Gruendler (#107). In addition, the Bruins are one of only two teams (USC is the other) to have participated in all 28 NCAA Tournaments since the team format was adopted in 1977.
Winning Streak Reaches 11 . . .
UCLA is without a doubt one of the hottest teams in the country heading into the Championships, as the Bruins pushed their winning streak to 11 in a row after defeating Pepperdine in the regional final on Sunday. UCLA's last loss was a 4-3 setback to then-No. 9 Duke at the Los Angeles Tennis Center back on Mar. 10.
Gruendler/Pampoulov Remain Unbeaten . . .
Philipp Gruendler and Luben Pampoulov have been spectacular since first teaming together back on April 2. After picking up a pair of victories in regional play, the reigning Pac-10 Doubles Champions pushed their record to 12-0 on the season.
UCLA vs. the NCAA Championships Field . . .
The Bruins own a 5-3 record against teams in the NCAA Round of 16. UCLA's victories have come against Stanford (2), USC, Florida and Clemson. The losses have been to Baylor, USC and Illinois.
Last Year at the Championships . . .
After defeating Wichita State and USC in the first and second rounds respectively, sixth-seeded UCLA was a serious contender for last year's NCAA title. The Bruins defeated Oklahoma State, 4-0 in the round of 16 and upset third-seeded Florida, 4-1 in the quarterfinals. Seventh-seeded Vanderbilt upset UCLA, 4-3 in a six-hour marathon match in the semifinals.
Clemens Leads UCLA in All-Time Victories . . .
With 118 career singles victories, senior Tobias Clemens will leave UCLA as the all-time leader in this category. Through his four-year career, he has also posted the most victories of any player at the No. 1 singles position. Clemens, who currently stands at 32-8 on the season, owns a career record of 118-33.
Bruins Round Out Pac-10 Championships With Two Titles . . .
UCLA's Philipp Gruendler and Luben Pampoulov captured the Pac-10 men's doubles title with an 8-3 victory over Stanford's KC Corkery/James Pade on Apr. 25. They become the first UCLA team to win the title since Marcin Matkowski and Jean-Julien Rojer won it back in 2002. Playing in the Pac-10 Invitational draw, sophomore Chris Surapol took home a title of his own at Ojai, defeating Stanford's Carter Morris, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the championship match.
UCLA Ties for Pac-10 Team Title . . .
UCLA headed into the final week of the regular season needing a little help to claim this year's Pac-10 title. At 4-1, the Bruins desperately needed previously unbeaten USC (5-0) to drop at least one of its final two matches up in the Bay Area. After narrowly defeating No. 11 Stanford, 4-3 and blanking Cal, 7-0, the Bruins awaited the result of Saturday's Stanford vs. USC match. As it turned out, the Cardinal won 5-2, helping UCLA tie USC for this year's Pac-10 title. However, since the Trojans defeated the Bruins in the only Pac-10 counting match between the two teams, USC earned the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Nagler to be Inducted Into ITA Hall of Fame During Championships . . .
UCLA great Larry Nagler has recently been selected as one of four new members who will be inducted into The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Collegiate Hall of Fame on May 26 during the NCAA Championships in Tulsa, Okla. Nagler, who swept the NCAA singles and doubles titles in 1960, was a three-time ITA All-American and the only player to ever win three Pac-10 men's singles titles. He also helped the Bruins to NCAA team titles in '60 and '61. While at UCLA, he played on the basketball team for legendary coach John Wooden in '58 and '59.
Lam Leads the Way . . .
Led by junior Chris Lam with 33 wins, UCLA has four players with 30-plus singles victories this season. Following Lam, Tobias Clemens, Alberto Francis and Kris Kwinta all have 32. Luben Pampoulov and Philipp Gruendler would also likely be in the 30-win club had they not joined the team after the fall season.
Head Coach Billy Martin . . .
The 1996 ITA National Coach of the Year and UCLA's 1975 NCAA singles champion, Billy Martin, owns a 250-49 (.836) record in his 11th season as head coach at UCLA. He has led the Bruins into the NCAA Tournament in each of his 11 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. Coach Martin was inducted into the ITA Tennis Hall of Fame in 1996. To this day he is still regarded as one of the best junior players in the history of the sport. He captured the 1973 and '74 singles titles at Junior Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and Junior Orange Bowl tournaments. Just this past year, Inside Tennis Magazine ran an article that named him "Junior Player of the Century." As a professional, Martin defeated such top players as Ken Rosewall (twice), Stan Smith, John Newcombe, Roscoe Tanner and Harold Soloman.
News/Notes/Season Highlights . . .
Head coach Billy Martin will be coaching his 300th career match when the Bruins take the court against Texas A&M this Saturday. Martin currently owns a career record of 250-49 ...Senior Tobias Clemens captured the singles title at the Sherwood Collegiate Cup for the third year in a row back in January. The tournament's No. 1 seed, Clemens came from behind to defeat teammate Kris Kwinta, 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-3 in the final. Despite the loss, Kwinta rebounded to capture the doubles championship with teammate Alberto Francis ...UCLA reached the finals at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors back in February ...The Bruins defeated Kentucky, Florida and Mississippi before falling to Illinois in the championship match ...The Bruins lose only one senior from this year's team (Clemens) and could likely be title contenders next year as well. Benjamin Kohlloeffel is redshirting this year and will likely be a major contributor next season. In addition, the Bruins have signed two highly-ranked French junior players who will be freshmen in the fall.
ITA Top-25 1. Illinois* 2. Baylor* 3. UCLA* 4. USC* 5. Mississippi 6. Duke 7. Georgia* 8. Florida* 9. Stanford* 10. Virginia* 11. Kentucky 12. VCU 13. LSU 14. Rice* 15. North Carolina 16. TCU* 17. Ohio State* 18. Tennessee 19. Tulane 20. Arizona 21. Harvard* 22. Vanderbilt* 23. Washington 24. Texas A&M* 25. Pepperdine
* Teams in NCAA Rd. of 16