Feb. 22, 2000
The UCLA men's tennis team (7-1 overall, 3-0 Pac-10) will head to Kentucky this week to compete in a dual match and participate in the National Indoor Championships. On Tuesday, Feb. 22, the Bruins meet No. 26 University of Kentucky (3-2) for a 2 pm match at the Louisville Tennis Club and then from Feb. 24-27, they will be competing at the National Indoor Championships, which will be held at the same site. Latest Rankings
Bruins tied for No. 8 Nationally
UCLA is tied for No. 8 in the latest ITA National Rankings, which were released on Wednesday, Feb. 16. In the ITA Individual Rankings, Brandon Kramer made his return to the singles poll, coming in at No. 48, while newcomer Jean-Julien Rojer made his ITA debut tied for No. 80. Senior Jong-Min Lee is tied for No. 95, while junior Chris Sands dropped from No. 53 in the last ITA poll to No. 80. In doubles, the Kramer/Lee duo is ranked No. 39. About the Opponent
The Kentucky Wildcats ended a two-match losing streak last week when they defeated their SEC rival Arkansas 5-2. Two Wildcats are listed among the nation's top-50 in singles: No. 11 Carlos Drada and No. 45 Johan Hesoun. In doubles, the tandem of Hesoun and Gustav Pousette are tied at No. 33 in the nation. UCLA is 2-1 in the series against Kentucky. UCLA in the National Team Indoors
The top-seeded UCLA Bruins are the National Team Indoor defending champions and have won five of the last nine tournaments. In total, UCLA has won the event six times, second only to Stanford's 10. The USTA/ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championships, hosted by the University of Kentucky, features 16 of the top men's tennis programs in the nation, including No. 1 LSU, No. 2 Stanford and No. 3 Duke. On Thursday, Feb. 24, the first day of the tournament, UCLA is slated to face Harvard at 7:30 pm and will likely face No. 4 Florida the following day. Last Week
UCLA Defeats USC, 5-2
The Bruins were scheduled to compete in two dual matches last week, but after their match against UC Santa Barbara was cancelled due to the rain, they were left to focus solely on their match against crosstown foe USC.
In a heated and highly-competitive match, the No. 8 UCLA men's tennis team downed No. 21 USC 5-2 Friday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The match came down to Courts No. 2 and 3. With the Bruins ahead 3-2, they needed only one win to clinch the match, however USC was not eager to give in. On Court No. 3, UCLA freshman Jean-Julien Rojer dropped the first set 6-0 to USC's Nicholas Rainey, claimed the second 7-5, and then battled back from a 5-3 deficit to win the third set 7-5 and grab the win for the Bruins. On Court No. 2, UCLA's Brandon Kramer, who is ranked No. 48 nationally, eventually prevailed 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 after a long and hard-fought battle against No. 69 Andrew Park.
Earlier in the day, UCLA secured the doubles point after grabbing wins on Courts No. 1 and 3 and then went on to post singles wins behind senior Jong-Min Lee and freshman Erfan Djahangiri. USC's two points came from the backcourts, where Daniel Langre knocked off Lassi Ketola 6-3, 6-3 on court No. 4 and Parker Collins bested Chris Sands 6-3, 6-1 in the No. 5 position. Next Up
Next week, UCLA will send individuals to La Jolla to compete in the Pacific Coast Doubles Tournament, which will be held from Thursday, March 2 through Sunday, March. 5.