March 10, 2009
Bruins to Face Hawai'i Before Finals Break
The No. 9 UCLA men's tennis team has just one match on its schedule this week, as the Bruins (8-4) will host Hawai'i (1-3) on Wednesday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center beginning at 1:30 p.m. It will mark the first-ever meeting between the two schools in men's tennis. Following the Hawai'i match, UCLA will take a 15-day hiatus for final exams and spring break. The Bruins will not be in action again until they travel up to the Bay Area for matches against Stanford (April 27) and Cal (April 28). Live stats for this Wednesday's match against Hawai'i can be accessed by clicking HERE.
Abid Named Pac-10 Player of the Week
Junior Haythem Abid (Tunis, Tunisia/Garbi School) was selected as the Pac-10 Player of the Week for Mar. 2-8. Abid, from Tunis, Tunisia, picked up two upsets in UCLA's 4-3 victory over No. 8 USC last Wednesday. It started in doubles, as he teamed with Nick Meister to upset fourth-ranked Robert Farah/Steve Johnson, 8-5. In singles, Abid then knocked off the nation's No. 1 player, Farah, 6-4, 6-3. Abid capped his week by winning the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships with Meister on Sunday. The Bruin duo won six straight matches to claim the title, even downing Farah and Johnson one more time in the round of 16.
Bruins Down Trojans in Cross-Town Showdown
Although it doesn't count toward the Pac-10 standings, UCLA is coming off one of its biggest victories of the season after registering a 4-3 upset over then-No. 8 USC last Thursday at the Marks Tennis Stadium. After claiming the doubles point, UCLA got singles wins from Haythem Abid (court No. 1), Holden Seguso (court No. 4) and Amit Inbar (court No. 6). The win is the Bruins' fifth straight over its cross-town rival. The conference match between the two teams will be on April 17 at UCLA.
Abid/Meister Claim Pacific Coast Doubles Championship
UCLA men's tennis players Haythem Abid and Nick Meister won six straight matches last weekend to capture the title at the 120th Pacific Coast Doubles Championships held at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. Abid and Meister, the tournament's No. 9 seeded team, defeated eighth-seeded Christoph Muller/Tobias Scheil, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in Sunday's final. The Bruin duo also posted a 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 victory over the top-seeded team of Robert Farah/Steve Johnson in the round of 16. The only other Bruin tandem to turn in a solid showing in La Jolla was the pairing of Bruin assisant coach Kris Kwinta and volunteer assistant coach Chris Surapol, as the duo advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to Muller/Scheil, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1. The Pacific Coast Doubles Championships is annually one of the the top doubles tournaments in the country. It does not count as part of the college season, as the tournament features some of the top open players in the country, many of whom are former pros, past and current college players, and top-level juniors. Complete draws from the tournament can be accessed by clicking HERE.
Bruins Move up to No. 9 Following USC Win
With its upset over No. 8 USC last week, UCLA jumped from No. 13 to No. 9 in the latest team rankings issued by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) on Tuesday. Virginia is the new No. 1 team in the country, followed by No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 Mississippi, No. 4 Georgia and No. 5 Ohio State. New individual rankings will not be released until March 17. Bruin players currently ranked in singles include: No. 67 Matt Brooklyn, No. 76 Haythem Abid, No. 83 Michael Look and No. 117 Nick Meister. UCLA's lone ranked doubles team is the pairing of Brooklyn and Harel Srugo at No. 65.