UCLA to Face Pac-12 Foes This Weekend
The fifth-ranked UCLA men (14-2) open up conference play on the road this week, traveling to the Pacific Northwest for matches against Oregon and No. 22 Washington. The Bruins start out the weekend in Eugene, facing Oregon (14-1) on Friday at 1:00 p.m. UCLA owns an 18-0 all-time record against Oregon, downing the Ducks, 7-0 last season at the LATC. The Bruins round out their road trip on Saturday in Seattle, taking on Washington (12-3) at 1:00 p.m. The Bruins lead that series 26-2, beating the Huskies, 5-2 last year in Los Angeles. Live scores and video of the match can be accessed by clicking HERE. Also, fans can follow the team's progress by visiting the team's twitter page: @uclatennis.
UCLA is coming off of a 7-0 victory over Loyola Marymount on Tuesday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. After sweeping doubles play, the Bruins then won all six singles matches in straight sets. Clay Thompson and Maxime Tabatruong didn't surrender a single game in their singles matches, as both players won 6-0, 6-0 at court Nos. 1 and 6, respectively. Tuesday marked the collegiate debut for freshman Dennis Novikov, who teamed with Thompson to earn a win at No. 3 doubles before downing LMU's Nicholas Bjerke in singles 6-3, 6-3 at court No. 2. Novikov and Karue Sell, who arrived at UCLA on Tuesday evening, are two new additions to the team for the spring quarter.
The Bruins remained at No. 5 nationally in the latest ITA rankings released on Tuesday. Undefeated USC is the No. 1 team in the country followed by Ohio State, Georgia and Virginia. Senior Nick Meister is the team's highest-ranked player at No. 30. He is followed by: Adrien Puget (No. 51), Clay Thompson (No. 59) and Marcos Giron (No. 115). Meister and Puget are ranked No. 38 nationally in doubles. Complete rankings can be accessed by clicking HERE.
UCLA has just two more regular-season home matches remaining. The Bruins are scheduled to host No. 8 Stanford on Friday, April 13 and No. 12 Cal on Saturday, April 14. UCLA rounds out the regular season at USC on April 20.