Thursday, May 28

UCLA men’s, women’s tennis teams prepare for upcoming 2011 season by participating intercollegiate tournaments

After a play-free stretch dating back to October, the Bruins head out to preseason tournaments

The UCLA men’s and women’s tennis teams will participate in weekend tournaments with head-to-head play one week away.

Both teams will participate in the National Collegiate Tennis Classic. Sophomore Warren Hardie and redshirt sophomore Alex Brigham will represent the No. 6 men’s team in La Quinta, Calif., this weekend, while sophomore Pamela Montez, freshman Courtney Dolehide, junior Carling Seguso and senior Andrea Remynse will play in the women’s draw in Palm Springs through Monday.

Some players from the men’s team will also participate in the Sherwood Tournament in Thousand Oaks from Friday through Monday. Freshmen Adrien Puget, Daniel Kosakowski and Clay Thompson, sophomore Maxime Tabatruong, redshirt sophomore Evan Lee, redshirt junior Jeff Gast and seniors Amit Inbar and Holden Seguso will compete in the tournament, which also features players from USC, Baylor and Stanford. Inbar and Puget are also the No. 4 seed in the doubles draw.

Junior McCall Jones and seniors Noelle Hickey and Maya Johansson will represent the No. 5 women’s team in the Freeman Memorial Championships this weekend in Las Vegas.

The tournaments will be the first competition for both teams after a long break. Players from both teams played in the 2010 USTA/ITA Regional Championships in October, and the doubles team of Inbar and senior Nick Meister advanced to the 2010 USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., in November. Since then, Meister has undergone hip surgery and will miss the entire 2011 season.

The women’s team begins head-to-head play against St. Mary’s on Wednesday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The men’s team will play BYU at home on Jan. 21.

Compiled by Vidur Malik, Bruin Sports senior staff.

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