Feb. 16, 2011
Bruins Head to Seattle for USTA/ITA National Team Indoors
The No. 6 UCLA men's tennis team (7-0) will be competing in of the most important tournaments of the year this week, as the Bruins head to Seattle for the 2011 USTA/ITA National Team Indoors hosted by the University of Washington. The sixth-seeded Bruins open up play against No. 11 Louisville (8-1) on Friday at 9:00 a.m. at the Seattle Tennis Club. The winner will meet either No. 14 Georgia or No. 3 Tennessee in the quarterfinals on Friday.
Following the Action
A complete tournament draw, up-to-date results, and live stats for all the matches can be accessed at the official tournament page located HERE.
Team manager Barry Goldenberg is with the team in Seattle and will be updating his blog on a regular basis. For a behind-the-scenes look at the team's experience up in Washington, click HERE. In addition, don't forget to follow the UCLA Men's Tennis Twitter Page.
Last Year at the Indoors
The Bruins, who were seeded No. 4 at last year's Indoors in Virginia, opened up the event with a 4-1 victory over No. 13 Kentucky. UCLA, however, was then ousted from the main draw the following day, suffering a 4-2 quarterfinal loss to No. 5 Tennessee.
UCLA's History at the Indoors
UCLA has captured seven ITA National Team Indoor titles, second only to Stanford, which has won 12. UCLA's last title came in 2001, as the Bruins beat Stanford, 4-2 that year in Seattle. UCLA also ranks second in most finals appearances at the Indoors with 10. The team's last appearance in the championship match came in 2004 (lost to Illinois, 4-0). Complete tournament history can be found by clicking HERE.
New Rankings Released
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released new team and individual rankings on Monday. UCLA remained at No. 6 in the team rankings, following Virginia, USC, Tennessee, Ohio State and Texas. Individually, the Bruins have four players ranked in singles led by No. 32 Nick Meister, who is actually sitting out this year due to injury. He is followed by No. 63 Daniel Kosakowski, No. 84 Amit Inbar and No. 87 Maxime Tabatruong. In doubles, Inbar is ranked with two different partners, checking in at No. 17 with Meister and at No. 75 with freshman Adrien Puget. The next team rankings are scheduled to be released on Feb. 22. Individual rankings will not be released again until March 1.