No. 5 Bruins Get Another Shot at No. 1 USC

April 18, 2012

LOS ANGELES - The chance for an undefeated conference season and a No. 1 seed in next week's Pac-12 Championships is on the line for the No. 5 UCLA men's tennis team, as the Bruins (20-2; 6-0 Pac-12) head across town this Friday for a colossal matchup with top-ranked USC (25-0; 6-0 Pac-12) at 3:00 p.m. UCLA and USC are the two remaining undefeated teams in Pac-12 play, as both teams head into the showdown with 6-0 records in the league. Live stats for the match can be accessed by going to USC's live scoreboard. Fans are also encouraged to follow UCLA's twitter page @uclatennis.

Friday marks the second meeting between UCLA and USC this season, as the Trojans downed the Bruins, 6-1 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on Feb. 29. UCLA's lone point in that match came from Adrien Puget, who downed Emilio Gomez, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(7) at court No. 4. The Trojans are the three-time defending NCAA Champions.

The winner of this Friday's encounter will lock up the No. 1 seed in the first-ever Pac-12 Team Championships, which run from April 25-28 in Ojai. Either way, the top 2 seeds have a bye to the semifinals and both UCLA and USC will not begin play until Friday, April 27. For more information about the tournament, visit www.ojaitourney.org.

UCLA is coming off of a weekend sweep of No. 12 Cal and No. 11 Stanford. The Bruins were nearly flawless on the weekend, downing Cal, 7-0 before notching a 6-1 win over Stanford. The win over Cal marked UCLA's third win over the Bears this season, as the Bruins posted 4-3 wins at both the ITA National Team Indoors and on the road in Berkeley.

UCLA moved up one spot from No. 6 to No. 5 in this week's national team rankings issued by the ITA. The Bruins trail only USC, Virginia, Ohio State and Georgia. Individually, Nick Meister is at a season-high No. 21 in singles. He is followed by No. 61 Puget, No. 78 Clay Thompson and No. 86 Marcos Giron. UCLA has three doubles teams ranked this week, with Alex Brigham and Puget leading the way at No. 41. Puget is also ranked with Meister at No. 48, while Meister is also ranked with freshman Dennis Novikov at No. 76. Complete rankings can be found by visiting the ITA rankings page.

The UCLA Daily Bruin ran a story on Wednesday that focuses a number of high-level Southern California juniors who have chosen to play close to home and attend UCLA. The article, written by Jason Drantch, can be found by clicking HERE.


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vs. Florida
Los Angeles, CA
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Friday, Feb 05
vs. San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 0
Tuesday, Feb 09
at Virginia
Charlottesville, VA
L, 1 - 6
Friday, Feb 12
vs. Georgia
Charlottesville, VA
W, 4 - 3
Saturday, Feb 13
vs. Texas A&M
Charlottesville, VA
W, 4 - 2
Sunday, Feb 14
vs. North Carolina
Charlottesville, VA
L, 2 - 4
Saturday, Feb 20
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 0
Saturday, Feb 27
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
W, 4 - 3
Tuesday, Mar 01
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 2
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vs. Pacific Coast ...
La Jolla, CA
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Thursday, Mar 10
vs. BYU
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 0
Tuesday, Mar 22
at UNLV
Las Vegas, NV
W, 6 - 1
Friday, Mar 25
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
W, 4 - 1
Sunday, Mar 27
at Washington
Seattle, WA
W, 4 - 0
Friday, Apr 01
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 1
Saturday, Apr 02
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Friday, Apr 08
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 4 - 0
Sunday, Apr 10
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 4 - 0
Thursday, Apr 14
vs. UC San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 0
Sunday, Apr 17
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Friday, Apr 22
vs. Stanford
Ojai, CA
W, 4 - 1
Saturday, Apr 23
vs. California
Ojai, CA
W, 4 - 1
Saturday, May 14 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Team & ...
TBA
Sunday, May 15 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Team & ...
TBA
Thursday, May 19 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Team & ...
Tulsa, OK
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