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UCLA Begins Quest for NCAA Title This Week
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  05/05/2003

May 5, 2003

Bruins to Host NCAA First & Second Rounds . . .
Sixth-seeded UCLA will host a four-team NCAA Regional, May 10-11 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The Bruins will take on Wichita State in the first round on Saturday at Noon. Prior to that match, UCSB will take on USC at 9:00 a.m. Saturday's winners will advance to Sunday's second round, with the winner advancing to the 16-Team NCAA Championships, May 17-20 in Athens, Ga. The Bruins own a 1-0 all-time record against Wichita State and 23-1 advantage over UCSB. UCLA is leads the series with USC, 58-30, already posting two wins over the Trojans this year.

UCLA Earns No. 6 Seed in NCAA Tournament . . .
The Bruins received a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament when the draw was announced last week. Undefeated Illinois is the No. 1 seed and is joined in the top five by Baylor, Florida, Cal and Stanford. If the seeds hold out, the Bruins are looking at a potential matchup with No. 11 Minnesota in the round of 16 and a meeting with No. 3 Florida in the quarterfinals.

Bruins Selected for NCAA Singles Championships . . .
Tobias Clemens, Marcin Matkowski and Chris Lam all received singles bids to compete in the NCAA Singles Championships, May 21-26 in Athens, Ga. The Bruins' top doubles team of Rodrigo Grilli/Matkowski, ranked No. 24 in the country, did not receive a spot in the NCAA Doubles draw. The individual championships begin a day after the team competition is concluded.

Matkowski Wins Pac-10 Singles Title . . .
Top-seeded Marcin Matkowski became the second UCLA player in as many years to win the singles title at the Pac-10 Championships on Apr. 27, posting a 6-4, 6-2 decision over Washington's Alex Vlaski in the main draw finals at Ojai's Libbey Park. With the victory, Matkowski, who is currently on a 12-match winning streak, improves his overall record this year to 23-3. UCLA's Rodrigo Grilli, who reached the quarterfinals this year, claimed the Pac-10 singles title over Vlaski in 2002. In the finals of the Pac-10 Invitational draw, UCLA's Alberto Francis made quick work of Cal's Wayne Wong, winning 6-1, 6-3 Sunday. Francis was also a finalist in 2002.

Final Regular-Season Rankings Put UCLA No. 5 . . .
In the last computer ranking before the end of the year, UCLA checked in at No. 5 in the country, falling one spot from the previous week. The top two remained the same, with Illinois holding on to the No. 1 position and Florida remaining at No. 2. Baylor and Stanford are Nos. 3 and 4 respectively.

ITA Top-25 (4/28)
1. Illinois
2. Florida
3. Baylor
4. Stanford
5. UCLA
6. Vanderbilt
7. Cal
8. Mississippi
9. Duke
10. Texas A&M
11. Minnesota
12. Washington
13. Kentucky
14. Texas
15. Tulane
16. Alabama
17. VCU
18. So. Carolina
19. LSU
20. Georgia
21. USC
22. Ohio State
23. Auburn
24. TCU
25. Oklahoma St.

Five Bruins Listed in ITA Individual Rankings . . .
Fifth-ranked Tobias Clemens leads the way as a total of five Bruin players are ranked in singles according to the latest ITA individual rankings released on April 9. Following Clemens are Marcin Matkowski (#24), Chris Lam (#37), Erfan Djahangiri (#88) and Rodrigo Grilli (#98). The Bruins also have two teams ranked in doubles, as Grilli/Matkowski check in at No. 24 and Clemens/Lassi Ketola are at No. 51. Individual rankings will not be released again until the end of the year.

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