Jan. 18, 2011
The UCLA men's and women's tennis teams open up dual-match play this week with a pair of non-conference matches at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The women kickoff the week on Wednesday, hosting St. Mary's at 1:30 p.m. On Friday, the Bruin men begin their season by hosting BYU, also at 1:30 p.m. As always, there is no charge for admission to regular-season matches at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.
Following the Action
Fans who are unable to attend UCLA tennis matches in person can always follow the live stats, which will be available for every home contest, men's and women's, this season. The live stats page can be accessed by clicking HERE.
ITA Kick-Off Weekend Set for Jan. 28-30
UCLA will serve as one of the host sites for the 2011 ITA Kick-Off Weekend, Jan. 28-30, at college campuses throughout the country. As a dual-gender site, UCLA will host a total of eight matches over the three days. Below is a schedule of the weekend's activities:
Friday, Jan. 28
10:00 a.m. - Fresno State vs. Florida State (Men)
1:00 p.m. - UCLA vs. Minnesota (Men)
Saturday, Jan. 29
9:00 a.m. - Pepperdine vs. Sacramento State (Women)
12:00 p.m. - UCLA vs. San Diego (Women)
3:00 p.m. - Fresno State/Florida State winner vs. UCLA/Minnesota winner (Men)
6:00 p.m. - Fresno State/Florida State loser vs. UCLA/Minnesota loser (Men)
Sunday, Jan. 30
10:00 a.m. - Pepperdine/Sacramento State loser vs. UCLA/San Diego loser (Women)
1:00 p.m. - Pepperdine/Sacramento State winner vs. UCLA/San Diego winner (Women)
UCLA in the Rankings
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association released its first rankings of the 2011 season on Jan. 4 and both the UCLA men's and women's teams are ranked in the top 10 to start the year. The UCLA women check in at No. 5 nationally, one spot up from their 2010 final ranking of No. 6. The Bruins begin the season behind top-ranked Stanford, Florida, Baylor and Notre Dame. Individually, UCLA has two singles players ranked in freshman Courtney Dolehide (#36) and senior Noelle Hickey (#57). Three UCLA women's teams are ranked in doubles, with junior McCall Jones and sophomore Pamela Montez leading the way at No. 17. Senior Andrea Remynse and Dolehide are ranked No. 57. In addition to her No. 17 ranking with Jones, Montez is also ranked No. 85 with Hickey. On the men's side, UCLA checks in exactly where it left off in 2010, beginning the year at No. 6 nationally. Virginia starts the year at No. 1, followed by USC, Tennessee, Ohio State and Texas. Nick Meister, who is actually sitting out the 2011 season due to injury, is the highest ranked Bruin singles player at No. 24. He is followed by sophomore Maxime Tabatruong (#64) and senior Amit Inbar (#86). Inbar and Meister are also ranked No. 18 in doubles.