February 9, 1999
This Week - Bruins Host San Diego and Crosstown Rival USC
With a 4-1 record entering the week, the No. 5 ranked UCLA men's tennis team is again scheduled to host two matches. First up is Wednesday's match against the No. 73 ranked University of San Diego and then comes one of the biggest matches of the season as crosstown rival USC brings its No. 15 ranking to Westwood on Friday, Feb. 12. Both matches begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Los Angles Tennis Center on the UCLA campus.
About This Week's Opponents USD & USC
San Diego is listed No. 73 in the fall edition of the team rankings and has one doubles team among the nation's best. The duo of Rodolfo Rodriguez and German Maldonado entered the year ranked No. 29 in the nation. UCLA is 18-0 in the series with San Diego.
USC is ranked No. 15 and has one player listed in the fall edition of the national rankings in freshman Andrew Park who is tied for No. 43. Patrick Gottesleben plays in the No. 1 position and enters the week 4-2 in duals. The Trojans enter the week 6-0 in dual matches and host UC Irvine on Tuesday. Last year UCLA and USC split the Pac-10 matches, each winning at home. UCLA leads the all-time series 48-29.
The Bruins Last Week - Bruins Defeat New Mexico, 6-1
The Bruins really showed their depth as head coach Billy Martin decided to give two players the day off allowing two others to make their first singles appearance of the season. Making his singles dual-match debut for UCLA was Marcin Rozpedski, a junior college transfer who has been competing regularly in doubles. Rozpedski made quick work of New Mexico sophomore Michael Polasek on court No. 5 as he dropped just one game en route to a 6-1, 6-0 victory. Although he was pushed to 7-5 in the first set, UCLA's Noah Newman also claimed victory in his first dual-match singles outing of the season taking the second set 6-2 over UNM's John Kowalski in the No. 6 slot.
It was a battle of big left-handers on court No. 1 as UCLA sophomore Jean-Noel Grinda handled New Mexico's only senior Pepe Caballero 6-3, 6-4. The score was tight on court No. 2 where UCLA's only senior Jason Cook, who played at New Mexico as a freshman, won 7-5, 7-5 over UNM sophomore Nicolas Dubey.
The final two matches went the distance as UCLA sophomore Chris Sands rebounded from a 4-6 setback in the first to reverse the score 6-4 in the final two sets as he posted a win over UNM sophomore Takeshi Itoh on court No. 4. The only loss for the Bruins came on court No. 3 where junior Brandon Kramer, who is ranked No. 92 in the nation, could not hold off UNM junior Matthieu Amgwerd who rallied to win a third-set tiebreaker 10-8 and claimed the match 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(8).
The match started right for UCLA which claimed the doubles point with victories in the top two positions. The UCLA duo of Cook and Kramer stepped up to the No. 1 slot to upset the No. 10 ranked team of Caballero and Dubey 8-3. On court No. 2, Grinda teamed with fellow lefty Sands to post an 8-2 win over Amgwerd and Itoh. New Mexico won in the No. 3 position as Polasek and Brent Salazar defeated UCLA's Newman and Rozpedski, 8-2.
Next Up - Seattle For Dual and National Team Indoors
UCLA travels to Seattle where it will face the University of Washington on Tuesday, Feb. 16, then compete in the USTA National Team Indoor Championships hosted by Washington Feb. 18-21.
UCLA MTN Quick FactsCurrent Team Rank: Tie No. 5 - Fall (12/8)
Team's Dual Match Record: 4-1
Pac-10 Record: 1-1
Head Coach: Billy Martin (6th season)
Current Career Dual-match Record: 114-26
Last Year's Record: 17-8 overall, 5-2 Pac-10
Final Team Ranking: Nation - 7
Bruins' Last Lineup w/Records
Pos. Name Dual Overall 1S Jean-Noel Grinda 4-1 11-2 2S Zack Fleishman 3-1 13-6 3S Jason Cook 4-1 5-2 4S Brandon Kramer 4-1 14-6 5S Jong-Min Lee 2-2 9-6 6S Chris Sands 5-0 13-4 7S Marcin Rozpedski 1-0 1-0 8S Noah Newman 1-0 7-4 1D Grinda / Lee 4-0 5-1 2D Cook / Kramer 5-0 7-1 3D Rozpedski / Sands 1-0 1-0Bruins In The 98-99 ITA National Rankings
Team Fall Doubles PS Fall UCLA 5 tie Grinda/Lee 23 NA
Singles PS Fall Singles PS Fall Cook 63 NA Fleishman 85 66 Grinda 10 NA Lee 36 Kramer t92
1999 UCLA Men's Tennis Schedule/ResultsDate Opponent Site Time Results Score Jan. 13 FRESNO STATE W 7-0 Jan. 15-17 at National Collegiate Tennis Classic Sherwood Jan. 22 TULANE W 7-0 Jan. 26 UC IRVINE Rescheduled due to Rain Jan. 29 at Arizona* W 6-1 Jan. 30 at Arizona State* L 3-4 Feb. 2 NEW MEXICO W 6-1 Feb. 5 UC IRVINE Rescheduled due to Rain Feb. 10 U SAN DIEGO LATC 1:30 Feb. 12 USC* LATC 1:30 Feb. 16 at Washington* Seattle, WA 4:00 Feb. 18-21 at National Team Indoors Seattle, WA All Feb. 27 RICE LATC Noon Mar. 3 at USC* Los Angeles, CA 1:30 Mar. 5-7 at Pacific Coast Doubles La Jolla, CA All Day Mar. 12 ARIZONA STATE* LATC 1:30 Mar. 13 ARIZONA * LATC Noon Mar. 17 MIAMI LATC 1:30 Apr. 2 STANFORD* LATC 1:30 Apr. 3 CAL* LATC Noon Apr. 6 TEXAS A&M LATC 1:30 Apr. 9 OREGON* LATC 1:30 Apr. 10 WASHINGTON* LATC Noon Apr. 16 at California* Berkeley, CA 1:30 Apr. 17 at Stanford* Stanford, CA Noon Apr. 22-25 at Pac-10 Conf. Championships Ojai, CA All Day May 14-16 at NCAA Regionals TBD All Day May 22-30 at NCAA Championships Athens, GA All Day ALL CAPS; LATC Los Angeles Tennis Center; * Pac-10 matches, All times local to match site and subject to change