Men's Tennis Team Achieves No. 1 Ranking

April 23, 2013

LOS ANGELES - The UCLA men's tennis team ascended to the No. 1 ranking in America on Tuesday, as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association released its weekly rankings ahead of this week's Pac-12 Championships.

Team | Singles | Doubles

The Bruins (22-1) are coming off of a 4-3 victory over cross-town rival USC last Friday, a win that clinched the program's second-straight Pac-12 regular-season championship.

UCLA now focuses its attention on the Pac-12 Championships, which begin this Wednesday in Ojai, Calif. The Bruins are the top seed in the eight-team draw and will not take the court until Friday's semifinals (opponent TBA). For more information about the Pac-12 Championships, please visit

In other men's tennis news on Tuesday, sophomore Dennis Novikov was named Pac-12 Player of the Week after winning both of his matches in the victory over USC. Novikov, who is ranked 25th nationally in singles, downed No. 14 Ray Sarmiento, 6-4, 6-2 at court No. 1 to clinch the victory for UCLA. Novikov also teamed with Marcos Giron at No. 1 doubles, downing Yannick Hanfmann and Sarmiento, 8-6.

It marks the fourth Pac-12 Player of the Week honor for Novikov this year. He is the only player in the conference to earn the award multiple times.

2013 Pac-12 Men's Tennis Player of the Week
Jan. 22 - Slim Hamza, Utah
Jan. 29 - Emilio Gomez, USC
Feb. 5 - Max de Vroome, USC
Feb. 12 - Dennis Novikov, UCLA
Feb. 19 - Yannick Hanfmann, USC
Feb. 26 - Marcos Giron, UCLA
March 5 - Dennis Novikov, UCLA
March 12 - Gregory Bayane, CAL
March 19 - Ben McLachlan, CAL
March 25 - Roberto Quiroz, USC
April 2 - Dennis Novikov, UCLA
April 9 - Christoffer Konigsfeldt, CAL
April 16 - Ray Sarmiento, USC
April 23 - Dennis Novikov, UCLA

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