Last Time Out:
Scouting UCLA: The No. 7 Bruins (7-3) feature three ranked singles players and two doubles pairs. They are led by third-ranked Benjamin Kohlloeffel (8-3). In its last outing, UCLA defeated No. 14 Washington on the road 4-1.
Scouting USC: The No. 25 Trojans (4-4) are led by their 38th-ranked pair of Phillipp Gruendler and Kaes Van’t. Van’t is also ranked in singles at No. 91. No. 36 San Diego was able to defeat USC in its last match, 4-3.
Series History: This is the 68th meeting between
Match Point Matalonga: Roger Matalonga was named the Pac-10 Men’s Tennis Player of the Week for Jan. 30-Feb. 5. Matalonga is 4-2 in singles on the season. The honor came after Matalonga was able to fight off 11 match points to earn his victory over UC Santa Barbara’s Nick Brotman. The victory also gave the Wildcats a 4-3 win over UC Santa Barbara.
Tremendous Transfer: Since transferring from
By Position: The Wildcats have had very solid play from the No. 2 and No. 3 positions in both singles and doubles. Jeff Groslimond is 6-0 at the two spot while Claudio Christen is also 6-0 at the No. 3 position. In doubles,
Starting It Off: Heading into the 2006 season, the
Fall Finishers: Redshirt freshman Peter Zimmer led the Wildcats with a 10-4 record in the fall, including a win streak of six matches. Roger Matalonga and Claudio Christen also had solid showings in the fall season, going 9-4 and 8-3, respectively. Three pairs posted winning records for
Wildcats in the Rankings:
Stacked Pac: The Pac-10 will be difficult again this year with five teams beginning the season ranked in the top 25. UCLA is the defending national champion and is led by Benjamin Kohlloeffel’s No. 3 singles ranking. Along with UCLA,
Home Court Advantage: