May 17, 2011
12th-Seeded UCLA to Face No. 5 Baylor in NCAA Round of 16
After advancing through NCAA Regional play last weekend, the 12th-seeded UCLA men's tennis team (18-6) is headed to Stanford, Calif. this week for the remainder of the NCAA Championships hosted by Stanford University. The Bruins will meet fifth-seeded Baylor (21-4) in the round of 16 this Thursday at 3:00 p.m. at Stanford's Taube South Courts. Live Stats for Thursday's match can be found HERE.
UCLA and Baylor in the NCAAs
UCLA and Baylor have squared off in some memorable matches in NCAA Tournament play the last several years. The two teams met in the 2004 NCAA Final in Tulsa, Okla., with the Bears taking a 4-0 victory over the Bruins. UCLA, however, would get a chance to avenge that loss just one year later, as the Bruins upset top-seeded and undefeated Baylor, 4-3 in the 2005 NCAA Final. The win snapped Baylor's 57-match winning streak, the second longest in NCAA history.
As Close as They Come
Whenever UCLA and Baylor square off in men's tennis it's guaranteed to be an exciting battle. The two teams have met nine times, with the last seven meetings decided by 4-3 scores.
Date Winner Score Site Feb. 6, 2011 UCLA 4-3 Waco March 11, 2010 Baylor 4-3 Los Angeles Feb. 22, 2009 Baylor 4-3 Waco March 10, 2008 UCLA 4-3 Los Angeles Feb. 10, 2007 Baylor 4-3 Waco March 11, 2006 Baylor 4-3 Los Angeles May 24, 2005 UCLA 4-3 College Station May 25, 2004 Baylor 4-0 Tulsa Feb. 26, 2004 Baylor 5-2 Los Angeles
UCLA picked up its third win in the series against Baylor on Feb. 6, as freshman Clay Thompson clinched a 4-3 victory over the Bears in Waco. A full recap of the match can be found HERE.
Ohio State-Tulsa Winner on Deck
If UCLA can get past Baylor on Thursday, the Bruins will face the winner of fourth-seeded Ohio State and Tulsa. That match would be on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
Bruins Survive Scare From Ole Miss
UCLA advanced through NCAA Regional play by the slimmest of margins last weekend, edging No. 28 Ole Miss, 4-3 in a second-round match at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The Bruins, who registered a 4-0 victory over Binghamton in the opening round, were down 3-1 to the Rebels at one point. Needing to win the final three matches to keep its season alive UCLA did just that, as Daniel Kosakowski (court No. 1), Amit Inbar (court No. 2) and Holden Seguso (court No. 3) came through in the clutch. Kosakowski was down at a break at 5-4 in the third set of his match at court No. 1 before winning the final three games. Seguso, who dropped the first set against Mississippi's Johan Backstrom at court No. 5, clinched the win for UCLA in a third-set tiebreaker, winning 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(4) to send the Bruins into the round of 16.
UCLA at the NCAA Championships
UCLA is the only team in the country to compete in the NCAA Championships every season since the team format was adopted in 1977 (35 straight years). The Bruins have won 16 NCAA Championships, with the most recent one coming in 2005. In 17 seasons as head coach, Billy Martin has never had a team lose prior to the quarterfinals.
Last Time at Stanford
UCLA advanced to the quarterfinals at the NCAA Championships the last time Stanford hosted the event in 2006. After posting a 4-2 victory over Illinois in the round of 16, the Bruins fell 4-1 to eventual NCAA Champion Pepperdine in the next round. UCLA's Benjamin Kohlloeffel enjoyed an outstanding individual tournament at Stanford, defeating Virginia's Somdev Devvarman, 6-1, 6-4 in the final to become the school's first NCAA Singles Champion since head coach Billy Martin in 1975.
UCLA Against the Round of 16
UCLA has faced six of the other 15 teams still alive in the NCAA Tournament this season, owning a 2-6 record. The Bruins' wins have come over Baylor (4-3 on Feb. 6) and Florida (4-3 on Feb. 20).
Kosakowski, Inbar to Compete in NCAA Singles Championships
UCLA's Daniel Kosakowski and Amit Inbar will both be competing in the NCAA Singles Championships, which begins after the team competition and runs from May 25-30. Kosakowski, who is ranked No. 37 nationally, was directly in as an at-large selection to the 64-player draw. Inbar, who is ranked No. 58, was initially listed as the first alternate, but has since been admitted to the draw after a player pulled out.
UCLA in the ITA Rankings
UCLA checked in at No. 11 in the final ITA Team Rankings of the regular season released on May 2. Individually, UCLA has four players ranked in singles led by Daniel Kosakowski at No. 37. He is followed by No. 58 Amit Inbar, No. 77 Clay Thompson and No. 103 Adrien Puget. In doubles, UCLA's top team of Alex Brigham and Puget check in at No. 32. They are followed by Inbar and Warren Hardie at No. 57.
Meister Redshirting Season
Senior Nick Meister, who was the team's top returning player from a year ago, was forced to redshirt this season after undergoing hip surgery in the fall. It has been a huge loss for the Bruins this year, as Meister finished 2010 ranked No. 73 in singles and No. 10 in doubles (w/Amit Inbar) in the final ITA rankings. Meister earned All-America honors in doubles last year and was named a first-team All-Pac-10 selection.
Bruins Tied for Third in Pac-10 Standings
With a 3-3 record in league play, UCLA finished tied for third in the final Pac-10 standings. USC (6-0) and Stanford (5-1) both finished ahead of UCLA. The Bruins' wins came over Washington, Arizona and Oregon.
Bruins Find Form in Time for NCAAs
UCLA started the 2011 season 8-0 before suffering a 4-1 loss to Tennessee at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors. After hitting a rough patch in the middle part of the season, UCLA looks to have regained its form and is once again back in the national title conversation. The Bruins ended the season by winning seven of their last eight matches, with the lone loss coming against No. 3 USC (4-3).
Going For NCAA Title 107
Although Stanford recently captured the school's 101st NCAA title last week, UCLA is still the national leader in NCAA Championships with 106. UCLA entered last year with 104 championships before going on to win titles in softball and women's gymnastics.