March 29, 2005
Bruins to Host Washington, Oregon . . .
Coming off a pair of conference wins against the Arizona schools over the weekend, the No. 6 UCLA men's tennis team (17-2; 2-0 Pac-10) remains at the Los Angeles Tennis Center this week to host No. 13 Washington (14-3; 2-0) on Friday at 1:30 p.m. and Oregon (7-11; 0-2) on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The Bruins own a 19-1 series advantage over the Huskies, with their only loss coming in 1998. UCLA has never lost to the Ducks, owning a perfect 11-0 record. All UCLA home matches are free to the public. Fans unable to attend can follow the live scoring at http://uclabruins.com.
UCLA Shuts Out Arizona Schools . . .
UCLA turned out two impressive performances against the Arizona schools over the weekend, shutting out both Arizona and Arizona State by 7-0 scores. The biggest story of the weekend for UCLA was the successful return of senior Luben Pampoulov, who had recently been sideline due to injury. Pampoulov, partnering with Chris Lam, won both of his doubles matches. He also registered straight sets victories in two singles matches.
Bruins Ranked Sixth Nationally . . .
Despite two victories over the weekend, UCLA fell one spot to No. 6 in this week's ITA Team Rankings released on Tuesday. Individually, the Bruins are the only school in the country to have two players ranked in the top-10 (#7 Luben Pampoulov and #10 Benjamin Kohlloeffel). Three other Bruins are ranked in singles, including #50 Kris Kwinta, #64 Philipp Gruendler and #74 Alberto Francis. In doubles, Kohlloeffel and Pampoulov are ranked 59th. New team rankings are released every Tuesday. The next individual rankings are due out on April 5.
Fox Sports Picks Up UCLA/USC Match . . .
Fox Sports has picked up the UCLA/USC match on April 15 and will air it two days later on Fox Sports West 2. The match, which is likely to decide this year's Pac-10 title, is scheduled to air at 5:00 p.m. on April 17. In the first meeting between these two teams back on Mar. 1, USC handed UCLA a 5-2 loss at the Marks Tennis Stadium. The April 15 meeting will be at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on the campus of UCLA.
Did You Know? . . .
Only seven opponents have managed to get a point off of UCLA this season, as the Bruins have recorded 12 shutouts in 19 matches. UCLA has shut out four of its last five opponents and began the season by not surrendering a point in seven straight matches.
Combined Championships Begin in 2006 . . .
On Oct. 13, 2004, the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Tennis Committee announced that Stanford has been selected to host the first-ever combined NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Tennis Championships in 2006. The event will take place at the Taube Family Tennis Center from May 18-29.
Head Coach Billy Martin . . .
The 1996 ITA National Coach of the Year and UCLA's 1975 NCAA singles champion, Billy Martin, owns a 270-52 (.839) overall record and is currently in his 12th season as head coach at UCLA. In 11 season's, Martin has guided the Bruins to the national title match three times and has never had a team finish out of the top five at the NCAA Championships.
TEAM (March 29) 1. Baylor 2. Illinois 3. Virginia 4. Mississippi 5. Duke 6. UCLA 7. Pepperdine 8. Georgia 9. Florida 10. Texas Tech 11. Oklahoma St. 12. USC 13. Washington 14. Mississippi St. 15. Texas A&M College Station 16. Stanford 17. Tennessee 18. Kentucky 19. Clemson 20. Texas A&M Corpus-Christi 21. Tulane 22. LSU 23. Harvard 24. Louisville 25. Middle Tennessee St.