Fourth-Seeded Bruins Begin NCAA Play this Saturday

May 9, 2012

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LOS ANGELES - The 16-time NCAA Champion UCLA men's tennis team (22-3) begins its quest for yet another title this week, as the Bruins are scheduled to host NCAA Regional play this Saturday and Sunday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. UCLA earned a No. 4 seed in the tournament and opens up NCAA play with a first-round match against Eastern Kentucky (19-9) on Saturday at Noon. The other first-round men's match that day features San Diego (17-9) and Fresno State (20-4) at 9:00 a.m. The winners will meet in the second round on Sunday at 1:00 p.m., with the winner of that match moving on to the round of 16 beginning on May 18 in Athens, Ga.

Tickets for this week's NCAA Regionals can be purchased upon entrance to the Los Angeles Tennis Center (there are no advanced ticket sales). Prices are $7 for adults and $5 for youth/students. In addition to the men's regional, the top-seeded UCLA women's tennis team will also be hosting NCAA action at the LATC this week. The full regional schedule is as follows:

NCAA Tennis Regional Schedule
May 11-13 @ UCLA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)

Friday, May 11
Arkansas vs. Long Beach State - 10:00 a.m. (women)
(1) UCLA vs. Eastern Kentucky - 1:00 p.m. (women)

Saturday, May 12
San Diego vs. Fresno State - 9:00 a.m. (men)
(4) UCLA vs. Eastern Kentucky - Noon (men)
Women's Second Round - 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 13
Men's Second Round - 1:00 p.m.

Live stats will be provided for all six matches during the weekend. Click the Live Scoreboard to follow.

UCLA has hosted NCAA Regionals every year since 1999. The Bruins have never failed to reach the NCAA Round of 16, taking perfect 26-0 regional record into this weekend's action. If the seeds hold out until the round of 16, UCLA is looking at a possible matchup with 13th seeded Ole Miss on May 18 in Athens, Ga.

UCLA is coming off of a second-place showing at the first-ever Pac-12 Team Championships two weeks ago in Ojai, Calif. After downing fourth-seeded Cal, 5-0 in the semifinals, the Bruins lost 4-2 to second-seeded USC in the championship match. UCLA's two points came from singles wins by Clay Thompson and Dennis Mkrtchian at court Nos. 2 and 6, respectively. The Bruins had beaten the Trojans, 4-3 in the regular-season finale the week before, snapping their 45-match winning streak. UCLA is the only team to beat USC this season.

Individual selections for the NCAA Singles & Doubles Championships were released last week. UCLA's Nick Meister and Adrien Puget both earned at-large selections to the 64-player singles draw. Thompson is the third alternate and has a good shot at getting in the draw before competition begins on May 23. Complete NCAA selections can be found by clicking HERE.

The ITA recently released its final team, singles and doubles rankings prior to the start of NCAA competition. The rankings were actually calculated on March 30 but just released on Tuesday. As a team, UCLA moved up one spot from No. 4 to No. 5. The Bruins have four players ranked in singles led by Meister at No. 16. He is followed by Puget (#46), Thompson (#62) and Marcos Giron (#84). UCLA does not have any doubles teams currently ranked. Complete rankings can be found HERE.


EVENT INFORMATION
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Friday, Feb 05
vs. San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 0
Tuesday, Feb 09
at Virginia
Charlottesville, VA
L, 1 - 6
Friday, Feb 12
vs. Georgia
Charlottesville, VA
W, 4 - 3
Saturday, Feb 13
vs. Texas A&M
Charlottesville, VA
W, 4 - 2
Sunday, Feb 14
vs. North Carolina
Charlottesville, VA
L, 2 - 4
Saturday, Feb 20
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 0
Saturday, Feb 27
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
W, 4 - 3
Tuesday, Mar 01
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 2
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vs. Pacific Coast ...
La Jolla, CA
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Thursday, Mar 10
vs. BYU
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 0
Tuesday, Mar 22
at UNLV
Las Vegas, NV
W, 6 - 1
Friday, Mar 25
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
W, 4 - 1
Sunday, Mar 27
at Washington
Seattle, WA
W, 4 - 0
Friday, Apr 01
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 1
Saturday, Apr 02
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Friday, Apr 08
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 4 - 0
Sunday, Apr 10
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 4 - 0
Thursday, Apr 14
vs. UC San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 0
Sunday, Apr 17
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Friday, Apr 22
vs. Stanford
Ojai, CA
W, 4 - 1
Saturday, Apr 23
vs. California
Ojai, CA
W, 4 - 1
Saturday, May 14 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Team & ...
TBA
Sunday, May 15 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Team & ...
TBA
Thursday, May 19 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Team & ...
Tulsa, OK
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