April 3, 2000
The UCLA Bruins (16-2 overall, 3-0 Pac-10) will have their work cut out for them this week when they head to Northern California to battle No. 3 Stanford (15-0, 3-0) on Friday, March 7 at 1:30 pm and No. 35 California (9-4, 1-2) on Saturday, April 8 at noon. Both games are Pac-10 conference matches.
About the Opponents
The Stanford Cardinal are undefeated this season and boast two top-ten singles players in No. 3 Alex Kim and No. 9 Geoff Abrams. Kim, who has won ten straight and 13 of his last 14, dropped one spot to No. 3 after spending three ranking periods at No. 2. Kim is 30-3 this season with a 14-1 dual record. Abrams has also won ten in a row and has recorded 27 of his last 30 wins in straight sets. In doubles, the team of Kim and Abrams are ranked No. 1 in the nation with a 28-3 overall record. The duo, which won titles at the All-American Championships and National Collegiate Tennis Classic this season, has been ranked No. 1 since December. Friday's match between Stanford and UCLA will be the second of three meetings this season. On February 27, then-No. 2 Stanford defeated then-No. 7 UCLA 4-3 in the finals of the National Team Indoors, which was held in Louisville, Kentucky. The third and final meeting between the schools is scheduled for April 22 on the UCLA campus. All-time, UCLA leads the series against Stanford, 43-40.
The California Golden Bears are 9-4 this season under seven-year head coach Peter Wright. The Bears have one player ranked in the ITA singles poll, No. 61 Erik Dmytruk. In doubles, the tandem of Dmytruk and Scott Kintz are ranked No. 31 in the nation. Saturday's match between Cal and UCLA will be the first of two meetings between the schools this season. On Friday, April 21, UCLA will host Cal at 1:30 pm. All-time, UCLA owns a 64-6 series advantage over the Bears.
Bruins Remain at No. 1
For the second straight week, UCLA occupies the top spot in the latest ITA Rankings with a 45.78 point-per-match average. The Bruins are beginning their second stint at the No. 1 spot after having opened the season at No. 1 and occupying that spot until February 16. In the latest ITA Individual Rankings which were released on March 29, the Bruins have four players listed: No. 26 Jong-Min Lee, No. 36 Brandon Kramer, No. 78 Jean-Julien Rojer and No. 94 Erfan Djahangiri. Lee's No. 26 ranking is his highest ever, while Djahangiri entered the ITA Rankings for the first time ever. The doubles team of Kramer and Lee moved up four spots to all-time-high No. 4.
The Bruins posted two wins last week over UC Santa Barbara and No. 19 USC.
In a match that was originally scheduled for February 16 but was postponed due to rain, the top-ranked Bruins defeated UC Santa Barbara 6-1 on Wednesday, March 29. UCLA started the afternoon by sweeping doubles play to claim the first point of the match. Following the doubles competition, the Bruins grabbed five straight singles wins to bring the score to 6-0. The Gauchos refused to be swept, however, as No. 50 Alex Kim grabbed a 6-2, 7-5 win over No. 36 Brandon Kramer on court No. 1. The Bruins were playing without their top singles and doubles player, senior Jong-Min Lee, who sat out due to minor back spasms.
On Friday, March 31, the Bruins beat the 19th-ranked USC Trojans 4-3 in a close match. USC claimed two of three doubles matches to earn the first point of the day. UCLA's only win in doubles play came on court No. 3, where the doubles team of Lassi Ketola and Travis Rettenmaier defeated Andrew Park and Parker Collins 8-3. In singles action, the Bruins grabbed wins on courts 2, 3, 4 and 6 to clinch the victory. The contest came down to the No. 2 singles match where Park faced Kramer. Kramer claimed the first set 6-3 and jumped to a 2-0 lead in the second before the two continued to alternate with the lead. Kramer eventually clinched the match for UCLA with a 6-3, 7-6(4) final score.