March 28, 2007
The No. 11 UCLA men's tennis team (11-3) opens up Pac-10 play this week, welcoming Oregon (9-6) and Washington (12-3) to the Los Angeles Tennis Center this Friday and Saturday. Action begins on Friday, as the Bruins host the Ducks at 1:30 p.m. UCLA takes a 13-0 all-time record against Oregon into that meeting. The Bruins will take on the Huskies on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Washington, which is listed at No. 30 in this week's Fila/ITA Rankings, defeated UCLA, 4-3 in last year's Pac-10 showdown. The Bruins, however, take a 21-2 series advantage into the match. As usual, fans can follow the action live by clicking Here. Admission is free to all regular-season matches at the LATC.
In the Rankings
Despite not having a match last week during final exams, UCLA fell from No. 8 to No. 11 in this week's Fila/ITA Rankings. Individual rankings, which are released every two weeks, remain the same, as Benjamin Kohlloeffel (#5), Haythem Abid (#40) and Chris Surapol (#65) are UCLA's ranked singles players. In addition, Philipp Gruendler and Kohlloeffel are ranked No. 13 in doubles.
Gunning for Four in a Row
With the Bruins playing their first Pac-10 counting matches of the season this week, it's worth noting that UCLA is aiming for its fourth-straight Pac-10 title, having tied for the conference championship in 2004, '05, and '06. UCLA's conference record the past three seasons is an impressive 18-3.
Although there are still a number of important Pac-10 matches to be played, there is no doubt that the Bruins have circled Friday, Apr. 20 on their calendars, as the ninth-ranked USC Trojans are set to visit the Los Angeles Tennis Center that afternoon. The Trojans posted a 6-1 victory over the Bruins back on Mar. 9 at USC's Marks Tennis Stadium. UCLA would love nothing more than to return the favor on its home courts in the last regular-season match of the season. The way the Bruins and Trojans have been playing, there is a good chance that that match will decide this year's Pac-10 champion.