Feb. 15, 2012
Fresh off a thrilling 4-3 victory over local rival Pepperdine on Tuesday, the eighth-ranked UCLA men's tennis team (8-0) now heads across the country to take part in the 2012 ITA National Team Indoor Championships, which runs from Feb. 17-20 in Charlottesville, Va. The Bruins open up play against No. 10 Duke (7-0) on Friday at 12:30 p.m. (PST). The winner of that match advances to Saturday's quarterfinals and will face either top-seeded USC or 16th-seeded Tennessee. UCLA leads the all-time series with Duke, 14-2. The two teams last met in Los Angeles in 2010, with the Bruins posting a 4-3 win.
UCLA's last National Indoor title came in 2001 when the Bruins downed Stanford, 4-2 in Seattle. In addition to that Indoor championship, UCLA has claimed Indoor championships in 1984, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1999. The Bruins' seven titles trail only Stanford, which has claimed 12 championships in the event's 39-year history.
Live stats will be provided for every match in Virgnia. They can be accessed by visiting Virginia's Tournament Central Page. And don't forget to follow the UCLA men's tennis twitter page (@uclatennis) for updates throughout the tournament.
UCLA's warm-up match for the Indoors on Tuesday was anything but routine, as the Bruins needed some last-minute heroics from freshman Marcos Giron to pull off a 4-3 win over No. 12 Pepperdine at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. Despite having match points to claim the doubles point, UCLA was unable to convert and the Waves were the ones who took a 1-0 advantage into singles play. With the match tied at 3-3, Giron downed Pepperdine's Alex Llompart, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 at court No. 3, propelling UCLA to victory.
After wrapping up the school's first ITA National Team Indoor Championship on Monday, the fourth-ranked UCLA women's tennis team (9-0) gets a five-day break from competition before traveling to Waco, Texas this weekend to take on the fifth-ranked Baylor Bears (11-2) on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. (PST). The two teams actually met twice last season, with Baylor winning 4-2 in a consolation match at the Indoors and the Bruins posting a 6-1 victory in Los Angeles. Live stats will be available for Sunday's contest by clicking HERE. Be sure to follow the UCLA women's tennis twitter page (@uclawtennis) for updates from Waco.
Thursday is a big day in college tennis, as new team and individual rankings are scheduled to be released. Team rankings have not been released since Feb. 2, while singles and doubles rankings have not been updated since Jan. 3. UCLA currently stands at No. 4 in the country and will likely move up following its Indoor title, as both No. 1 Florida and No. 3 Duke suffered losses recently. Like UCLA, second-ranked Stanford has yet to lose this season, owning a 4-0 record.
With one of the youngest teams in the country, UCLA was an unlikely Indoor champion this season, however the Bruin newcomers played beyond their years in Virginia. Freshmen Robin Anderson, Skylar Morton, Kaitlin Ray and Chanelle Van Nguyen were a combined 12-0 in singles matches at the event. Van Nguyen was especially impressive in Virginia, going 4-0. She is 11-0 since joining the team in January.