April 7, 2009
No. 18 Arizona on Tap This Week for Ninth-Ranked Men's Tennis Team
The ninth-ranked UCLA men's tennis team (14-4; 4-0 Pac-10) has just one match on its schedule this week, as the Bruins will host No. 18 Arizona (17-3; 2-2 Pac-10) on Saturday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center beginning at 1:00 p.m. The Wildcats are in the midst of one their best seasons in school history, having lost just three matches all year. They are coming off a 4-2 upset over No. 8 Stanford last Friday. Live stats for Saturday's match are available by clicking HERE. There is no charge for admission to regular-season home matches at the LATC.
Bruins and Trojans One Win Away From Undefeated Showdown
If UCLA and USC can beat Arizona this weekend, the April 17 showdown between the Bruins and Trojans will decide this year's Pac-10 Championship, as both teams enter this weekend with perfect 4-0 records in conference play. It would mark the third year in a row that the two teams have faced off with perfect records for the title. The Bruins, who are seeking their sixth straight Pac-10 title, won both meetings 4-3. UCLA already posted a 4-3 non-conference victory over USC earlier this season. This year's conference showdown is at the Los Angeles Tennis Center beginning at 3:00 p.m.
Abid-Less Bruins Down Oregon, No. 21 Washington
Playing without Haythem Abid, who was back in Tunisia for a Davis Cup tie against Norway (Tunisia Lost 2-1), the Bruins still managed to post a pair of solid victories against Oregon and 21st-ranked Washington over the weekend to improve to 4-0 in the Pac-10. Sophomore Holden Seguso filled in to play both matches at the No. 1 singles position, going 2-0. UCLA blanked Oregon, 7-0 on Friday before registering a 6-1 victory over Washington the following day.
Srugo Returns to Singles Lineup
Playing his first singles match since the ITA National Team Indoors in February, Bruin senior Harel Srugo downed Oregon's Ayrton Wibowo, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 at the No. 3 position last Friday. The win marked a successful return to the singles lineup for Srugo, who had missed the previous nine matches due to injury. Srugo would get another win on the weekend, as he defeated Washington's Derek Drabble 6-1, 6-7, (10-6) at the No. 4 spot the following day.
Bruins Hold No. 9 Spot
For the second week in a row UCLA is ranked No. 9 in the Campbell's ITA Rankings issued on Tuesday. The four other Pac-10 teams ranked in the top 25 are: USC (#6), Stanford (#8), Arizona (#18) and Washington (#21). New team and individual rankings will be released next Tuesday.
Israeli Duo a Perfect Match
Since first teaming together back on March 27 against Cal, Israeli countrymen Amit Inbar and Harel Srugo have proven to be a perfect match, taking a 9-0 record into this week's clash with Arizona. Inbar (Tel Aviv) and Srugo (Kibbutz Gazit) have gone 7-0 at the No. 3 spot and 2-0 at the No. 2 position. The duo debuted in the Campbell's ITA Doubles Rankings last week, checking in at No. 61.
Pepperdine Match Re-scheduled for April 13
UCLA will head up the road to Malibu on April 13 for a 3:00 p.m. showdown with Pepperdine. The match was originally scheduled for Feb. 7 but was postponed due to rain. It will mark the final road match of the regular season for the Bruins.