May 19, 2010
No. 9 UCLA to Face No. 8 Stanford This Friday in Athens, Ga.
The round of 16 of the 2010 NCAA Men's Tennis Championships begins this week in Athens, Ga., as ninth-seeded UCLA (16-6) faces No. 8 Stanford (20-5) this Friday in at Noon (EST) at the University of Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Live scoring and live video for the matches can be found by clicking HERE.
UCLA men's tennis team manager Barry Goldenberg has been blogging all tournament long and has already added several entries from Athens. For a behind the scenes look at the Bruins during their time in Georgia, click HERE.
If UCLA can get by Stanford on Friday, the Bruins would likely face top-seeded Virginia (37-1) in the quarterfinals on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. (EST). The Cavaliers face 16th-seeded Duke in their round of 16 match on Friday.
Bruins and Cardinal Take Two
UCLA and Stanford played one of the tightest matches in series history when the two teams squared off at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on April 2. With the score tied at 3-3, the match came down to court No. 2, where Bruin junior Amit Inbar was in a tight third set with Alex Clayton. Despite facing two match points while serving at 4-5, Clayton was able to stay in the match, eventually pulling out a 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 win to give Stanford the victory. The two teams were also supposed to face off on Feb. 26 in the Bay Area, however that match was canceled due to rain.
UCLA vs. the NCAA Round of 16
UCLA owns a 3-5 record against the other 15 teams still alive in this week's round of 16.
Date Opponent Site Score Feb. 12 #10 Kentucky Neutral W, 4-1 Feb. 13 #4 Tennessee Neutral L, 4-2 Feb. 14 #1 USC Neutral L, 4-0 March 3 #5 USC Home L, 6-1 March 9 #33 Duke Home W, 4-3 March 11 #16 Baylor Home L, 4-3 April 3 #7 Stanford Home L, 4-3 April 16 #4 USC Away W, 4-3
Bruins Cruise in NCAA Regional Play
UCLA didn't surrender a single point in two NCAA Regional wins at the Los Angeles Tennis Center over the weekend. The Bruins began the tournament with a 4-0 victory over Sacramento State in the first round. UCLA then faced No. 17 Cal - a team the Bruins narrowly edged during the regular season - in the second round. The doubles point was fiercely contested, with Cal failing to capitalize on a match point at No. 2 doubles which would've given the Golden Bears the doubles point. Instead, UCLA pulled it out and would go on to take three straight-set singles wins to take the match 4-0.
Did You Know?
With 16 NCAA Men's Tennis Championships to its credit, UCLA trails just Stanford (17) and USC (17) for most titles all time. UCLA's most recent title came in 2005, when the Bruins pulled off an amazing 4-3 come-from-behind victory over Baylor in the final that year in College Station, Texas. The team's other titles came in 1950, `52, `53, `54, `56, `60, `61, `65, `70, `71, `75, `76, `79, `82 and `84.
UCLA in Athens
Since the team format was adopted in 1977, UCLA has gone on to win three titles in Athens, taking home the trophy in 1979, `82 and `84. In addition, the Bruins have also finished runner-up in Athens on six occasions (1978, `81, `85, `87, `96 and `99).
Bruins Selected for NCAA Individual Championships
Four UCLA men's players have been selected to participate in the NCAA Individual Championships, running from May 26-31 in Athens, Ga. Competing in the 64-player singles draw will be Haythem Abid and Matt Brooklyn. Amit Inbar and Nick Meister were chosen to compete together in the 32-team doubles draw. The last Bruin player to capture an NCAA Singles title was Benjamin Kohlloeffel in 2006. The last UCLA doubles team to win a championship was Justin Gimelstob and Srdjan Muskatirovic in 1996. The individual portion of the NCAA Championships takes place immediately following the team competition, which runs from May 20-25.
UCLA in the ITA Rankings
UCLA checked in at No. 9 in the final ITA Team Rankings of the regular season released on May 3. Individually, UCLA has four players ranked in singles led by Haythem Abid at No. 51. He is followed by No. 58 Matt Brooklyn, No. 71 Nick Meister and No. 117 Amit Inbar. In doubles, Inbar and Meister check in at No. 16. Meister is also ranked No. 53 with Abid. New team and individual rankings will not be released again until the conclusion of the NCAA Tournament.
Bruins Finish Third in Pac-10 Title Race
UCLA upset No. 4 USC, 4-3 in the final match of the regular season on April 16 to finish third in the final 2010 Pac-10 standings (4-2 overall). USC and Stanford tied for the conference title, as both schools finished with identical 5-1 records. It marks just the second time in the last seven years that UCLA has not earned at least a share of the Pac-10 title.