No. 1 UCLA Tennis Squeezes By Cal, 4-3

April 22, 2001

BERKELEY, CA - The No. 21-ranked Cal men's tennis team (14-8, 4-3 Pac-10) fell one point shy of a victory over No. 1-ranked UCLA (20-2, 6-1 Pac-10) today at the Hellman Tennis Courts. The match, which was originally rained out, was rescheduled for today. UCLA was coming off a tough 4-3 loss to Stanford yesterday, while the Bears were riding a four-match winning streak, which included wins over No. 12-ranked Pepperdine and No. 18 USC.

The Bears would have probably liked to play their doubles matches over, as they could not sustain a momentum throughout the matches. At No. 1, John Paul Fruttero and Robert Kowalczyk were only down 5-4 midway through the match, yet could not hold on as UCLA's Jean Noel Grinda and Jean-Julien Rojer took the 8-4 victory. Early in the match at No. 2, Scott Kintz and Erik Dmytruk held a 3-2 lead, yet faltered as the duo lost 8-4 to UCLA. Losing the doubles point, the Bears regrouped and fought with UCLA for every point in singles.

Ben Miles was the first to fall, as Miles lost to Lassi Ketola, 6-3, 6-0. The Bears did not count themselves out just yet, as Scott Kintz put Cal on the scoreboard at No. 3, turning in a straight set, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Tobias Clemens. Erik Dmytruk could not get things rolling at No. 6, as UCLA's Travis Rettenmaier took a hard-fought 6-4, 6-4 victory. UCLA then claimed the victory at No. 3, where Erfan Djahangiri defeated Robert Kowalczyk, 7-6, 7-5.

With the loss at hand and UCLA holding a 4-1 lead, the Bears turned their attention to the top two courts as Balazs Veress and John Paul Fruttero were not going to count themselves out of the match. Veress, who had been struggling as of late, took UCLA's Jean-Noel Grinda in straight sets, 7-6, 7-5. Veress was hitting shots with power and confidence as he tallied the second point for the Bears.

At No. 1, Fruttero won the first set 6-3, yet UCLA's Jean Julien Rojer came back to take the second set, 6-2. Fruttero would rally in the third set, after being down 4-2, to tie the match at 6-6, sending it to a third-set tie-break. Fruttero's serve was unstoppable as he would claim the win with a 7-1 tie break victory.

Final Results: UCLA 4 California 3
No. 1 Grinda/Rojer (UCLA) def. Fruttero/Kowalczyk, 8-4
No. 2 Rettenmaier/Clemens (UCLA) def. Kintz/Dmytruk, 8-4
No. 3 Djahangiri/Ketola (UCLA) def. Miles/Veress, 8-3

No. 1 John Paul Fruttero (Cal) def. Jean-Julien Rojer, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(1)
No. 2 Balazs Veress (Cal) def. Jean Noel Grinda, 7-6, 7-5
No. 3 Erfan Djahangiri (UCLA) def. Robert Kowalczyk, 7-6, 7-5
No. 4 Scott Kintz (Cal) def. Tobias Clemens, 6-3, 6-3
No. 5 Lassi Ketola (UCLA) def. Ben Miles, 6-3, 6-0
No. 6 Travis Rettenmaier (UCLA) def. Erik Dmytruk, 6-4, 6-4

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