Feb. 2, 2004
No. 6 Bruins Head to USTA/ITA National Team Indoors . . .
Sixth-ranked UCLA (4-0) will put its undefeated record on the line this week when the Bruins head to the 16-team USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships hosted by the University of Washington. UCLA will face No. 10 Kentucky in the first round on Thursday. If the Bruins win, they will await the winner of No. 3 Florida and No. 14 Harvard. UCLA is in the bottom half of the draw with No. 2 Baylor. No. 1-seeded Illinois is in the top-half of the draw. The University of Washington has hosted the National Team Indoors four times and UCLA has won all four. Since 1973, UCLA has won a total of seven National Team Indoor titles.
USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships - Thursday's first round matches:
Men (all times Pacific)
(1) Illinois vs. (16) Tulsa, 11 a.m. (8) Duke vs. (9) Texas A&M, 11 a.m. (4) Vanderbilt vs. (12) California, 8 a.m. (5) Stanford vs. (13) Texas, 8 a.m. (10) Kentucky vs. (6) UCLA, 2 p.m. (14) Harvard vs. (3) Florida, 2 p.m. (11) Washington vs. (7) Mississippi, 5 p.m. (15) Boise State vs. (2) Baylor, 5 p.m.
Bruins Blank Clemson, Edge Trojans, 4-3 . . .
UCLA picked up a pair of victories last week, defeating No. 24 Clemson, 7-0 on Tuesday and No. 19 USC, 4-3 on Friday. Tobias Clemens, Alberto Francis and Philipp Gruendler all went 2-0 on the week in singles play. The Bruins won the doubles point in both matches, improving to 4-0 on the year in that category. One of the biggest wins on the week came against USC at No. 5 singles, as Gruendler, who lost the first set 6-0, came back to defeat Daniel Langre, 0-6, 6-2, 6-3 to help the Bruins pull out the slim 4-3 victory.
Clemens Keeps Rolling . . .
UCLA senior Tobias Clemens has won 20-consecutive matches dating back to Oct. 23 of 2003. During the streak, he has captured titles at the ITA West Regionals, Southern California Intercollegiates and Sherwood Collegiate Cup. His title at Sherwood was his third in as many years. Clemens, ranked No. 12 nationally, owns a 21-1 overall record this season with his only loss coming against 78th-ranked Michael Rubin of Michigan in the second round of the ITA All-American. He is 4-0 in dual-match play.
UCLA in the Rankings . . .
UCLA checks in at No. 6 in the latest ITA Rankings released on Jan. 27. Defending NCAA Champion Illinois is ranked No. 1. Rounding out the top-5 are Baylor, Florida, Vanderbilt and Stanford. Individually, Tobias Clemens is ranked No. 12 and is followed by No. 18 Chris Lam, No. 79 Kris Kwinta and No. 90 Alberto Francis. In doubles, Clemens and Lam are ranked No. 23, while Francis and Kwinta check in at No. 36.
ITA Top-25 (1/27) 1. Illinois 2. Baylor 3. Florida 4. Vanderbilt 5. Stanford 6. UCLA 7. Mississippi 8. Duke 9. Texas A&M 10. Kentucky 11. Washington 12. California 13. Texas 14. VCU 15. Ohio State 16. TCU 17. LSU 18. Alabama 19. USC 20. Oklahoma St. 21. Georgia 22. Rice 23. South Carolina 24. Clemson 25. Pepperdine
Bruins and Trojans to Battle on TV . . .
Fox Sports Net has decided to air the Pac-10-counting match between UCLA and USC on Mar. 2. The match, played at USC's Marks Tennis Stadium, will air tape-delayed on Mar. 6 at 3:00 p.m. UCLA won last year's TV showdown at the LATC, 7-0.
UCLA Home Matches Live Via the Internet . . .
All UCLA home matches can be followed live at UCLA's official athletic website www.uclabruins.com. Fans can access the matches by clicking on the "Live Stats" link in the Events Calendar on the front page or by going into the men's tennis schedule. There is also a link on the men's tennis page.
Head Coach Billy Martin . . .
The 1996 ITA National Coach of the Year and UCLA's 1975 NCAA singles champion, Billy Martin, owns a 234-44 (.842) record in his 11th season as head coach at UCLA. He has led the Bruins into the NCAA Tournament in each of his 10 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 very 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.