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COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: TENNIS, ANYONE? USC, UCLA MEET FOR PAC-10.



Byline: ERIK BOAL

Special to the Daily News

The UCLA-USC men's tennis rivalry spans nearly 80 years, but not since the teams met eight times in the 1960s to decide the national champion has a match had as much significance as today's showdown to determine the Pacific-10 Conference The Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) is a college athletic conference which operates in the western United States. It participates in the NCAA's Division I. Membership
Full members
 champion.

Tenth-ranked UCLA UCLA University of California at Los Angeles
UCLA University Center for Learning Assistance (Illinois State University)
UCLA University of Carrollton, TX and Lower Addison, TX
 (18-3, 6-0) plays host to No. 9 USC An abbreviation for U.S. Code.  (20-1, 6-0) at 1:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850.  Tennis Center, with the Bruins seeking their fourth consecutive conference title and the Trojans looking to capture their first since 2004.

USC is also looking for Looking for

In the context of general equities, this describing a buy interest in which a dealer is asked to offer stock, often involving a capital commitment. Antithesis of in touch with.
 its first outright Pac-10 championship since 1994 and to finish conference play undefeated for the first time since 1987.

The Trojans defeated the Bruins 6-1 in a nonconference match March 9, but the Bruins have since won nine in a row. UCLA also boasts a 16-match home winning streak Noun 1. winning streak - a streak of wins
streak, run - an unbroken series of events; "had a streak of bad luck"; "Nicklaus had a run of birdies"
 against USC since 1991.

It will also mark the final regular-season home match for UCLA seniors Philipp Gruendler, Benjamin Kohlloeffel and Chris Surapol, with a ceremony honoring the trio to following the contest's completion.

Kohlloeffel, who became UCLA's all-time leader in career singles victories (120) Saturday against Cal, will try to atone for his lone loss this season after suffering a 6-4, 7-6 (2) upset against USC's Dejan Cvetkovic.

More than 100 former Bruins are scheduled to attend, according to according to
prep.
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

3.
 coach Billy Nelson.

Women's showdown: Although the women's tennis battle between No. 12 UCLA and No. 8 USC won't decide the conference title, it will have a profound impact on the final Pac-10 standings.

UCLA (15-7, 5-2) plays USC (17-3, 6-1) at noon Saturday at Marks Tennis Stadium, with the Bruins seeking their first victory in the series since 2005.

A USC win, combined with No. 9 Cal (19-5, 5-2) upsetting top-ranked Stanford (19-1, 7-0) on Saturday, would create a tie for the crown.

The Women of Troy recorded a 4-3 nonconference victory March 8 over the Bruins.

Wave of awards: Pepperdine junior setter Jonathan Winder was selected Mountain Pacific Sports Federation The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation is a college athletic conference whose member teams are located in the western United States. The conference participates in the NCAA's Division I.  Player of the Year, leading the Waves men's volleyball team to 21 consecutive victories following his return to the lineup Jan. 27 after being sidelined with a broken bone in his leg.

During conference play, Winder averaged 13.08 assists to go along with 2.10 digs and 1.04 blocks per game.

Pepperdine's Marv Dunphy was selected MPSF MPSF Mountain Pacific Sports Federation  Coach of the Year after guiding the Waves to a record 21 conference victories in a season.

Sophomore opposite hitter Paul Carroll received first-team all-conference honors and senior middle blocker Tom Hulse was an honorable mention selection.

The top-ranked Waves (24-1) play host UCLA or UC Santa Barbara in Thursday's MPSF tournament semifinals.

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Date:Apr 20, 2007
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