This Week for the Wildcats: The
Last week: The Wildcats had their hands full last week as they took on two ranked conference opponents at home. On Friday, March 30 Stanford escaped with a narrow 4-3 win. After dropping the doubles point,
Scouting the Trojans: No. 9 USC ended last season ranked No. 54, and came into this spring at No. 43. After winning their first eleven matches, they quickly climbed the rankings, including a 28-spot jump between Jan. 30 and Feb. 6. At the time they played
Against UCLA: In their last outing, the Bruins defeated the Wildcats 7-0. The dual, however, was much closer than the sweep may indicate. “You can tell by the match scores that the no one got killed, every set was decided by one break of serve or a tiebreaker,” said Lloyd. “In the end, things just didn’t go our way.
Scouting the Bruins: UCLA began the season ranked No. 4 and have gradually slid to their current position at No. 11. The Bruins are currently enjoying a four-match win streak and have not lost to an opponent outside of the top-10 this season. UCLA is led by preseason No.1, and current No.5, Benjamin Kohlloeffel. Their No. 13 doubles tandem of Kohlloeffel and Philipp Gruendler are a perfect 17-0 this season.
Wildcats in the Rankings: The Wildcats have maintained there spot in the Fila Collegiate Tennis Rankings as they remain in a tie at No. 75. Claudio Christen is
Fall Action: Fall tournament results were sporadic for
Pac-10 Elite: Once again the Pac-10 is the premier conference in the nation for men’s tennis. In the current rankings USC ranks the highest among Pac-10 teams at No. 9. Perennial powerhouse UCLA is not far behind at No. 11, with