April 4, 2007
The No. 10 UCLA men's tennis team (13-3; 2-0 Pac-10) rounds out its four-match homestand this week, hosting the Arizona schools at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. Action begins this Friday when the Arizona State Sun Devils (11-6; 2-0 Pac-10) visit the LATC for a 1:30 p.m. match. UCLA, which posted a 7-0 victory over ASU back on Mar. 17, leads the all-time series 61-2. The Bruins will be in action again on Saturday, hosting Arizona (5-12; 0-2 Pac-10) at 1:00 p.m. UCLA also defeated the Wildcats by a 7-0 score earlier in the season. Live stats for this weekend's matches can be accessed by clicking HERE. All regular-season matches at the LATC are free to the public.
Bruins Start Pac-10 Play 2-0
UCLA picked up a pair of wins in its first two Pac-10 counting matches of the season last week. The Bruins started off with a 6-1 decision against Oregon on Friday before following that up with another 6-1 win over No. 30 Washington on Saturday.
New Rankings Released
UCLA moved up a spot from No. 11 to No. 10 in this week's Fila/ITA Team Rankings. New individual rankings were also released for the first time in two weeks. Benjamin Kohlloeffel continues to be the Bruins' highest ranked singles player, checking in at No. 4 this week. Haythem Abid is ranked No. 38, followed by No. 53 Chris Surapol. Kohlloeffel and partner Philipp Gruendler are ranked No. 12 in doubles.
Undefeated at the Top
UCLA's No. 1 doubles team of Philipp Gruendler and Benjamin Kohlloeffel has been nothing short of spectacular this season, taking an 18-0 record into this weeks matches. Gruendler and Kohlloeffel, the reigning Pac-10 Doubles Team of the Year, also own a 15-0 record in dual-match play. They are 5-0 against ranked competition.
The 20-Win Mark
Benjamin Kohlloeffel and Haythem Abid are the only two Bruin players to reach the 20-win mark in singles play so far this season. Kohlloeffel enters this week with the best record on the team at 23-3 - a mark even more impressive when you consider that he faces the opponent's toughest competition each week. Abid is 20-4 overall and 12-2 at the No. 2 position. Other Bruin players who are on the verge of 20 wins are Chris Surapol (19-6) and Michael Look (18-6).
Mark the Calendar
UCLA's final match of the regular season against cross-town rival USC on Apr. 20 is shaping up to be one of the biggest local college tennis matches in recent memory. Both the Trojans (11-1) and Bruins could very likely enter that showdown undefeated in conference play, making that match the deciding factor in who takes home this year's Pac-10 crown. UCLA has tied for the last three conference titles and is looking for its fourth in a row.