UW Drops 4-1 Decision in NCAA Men's Tennis Round of 16

May 20, 2001

ATHENS, Ga. - Sophomore Matt Hanlin was victorious in the No. 1 singles match, but the 15th-seeded Washington men's tennis team lost 4-1 to No. 2 UCLA on Sunday in the NCAA Championship round of 16 at the University of Georgia's Magill Tennis Complex.

'Everyone thought we had a tough draw, playing UCLA,' said Husky coach Matt Anger. 'We fought as hard as we could and played pretty well. When you do that you can leave the court with your head high knowing that you did your best job.'

Washington (20-8) was participating in the round of 16 for the first time since the NCAA began implementing the current team championship format in 1977. UW posted a 4-0 first-round win over Hofstra before claiming the regional championship with a 4-1 decision over No. 13 Notre Dame last weekend.

'Getting here to the Sweet 16 and pushing UCLA today was a great accomplishment,' Anger exclaimed. 'Each year we have made jumps with the program. This was maybe the best season of Husky tennis ever and I hope it's a stepping stone for us and not the end of the road.'

Washington's round of 16 match was originally scheduled for Saturday, but was postponed due to heavy rain and severe lightning storms. After completing one game in the doubles competition on Sunday, play was halted due to rain. After a 53-minute delay, the remainder of the match was played indoors.

UCLA (23-2) advances to the NCAA quarterfinals for the 13th consecutive season. The Bruins, who improved their all-time record against Washington to 18-1, will meet Southern Methodist.

Tobias Clemens rallied from a one set down to clinch the victory for UCLA with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 decision over UW senior Jeremy Berman. The nation's 64th-ranked single competitor, Clemens claimed a hard fought win at No. 3 singles that took nearly 3-1/2 hours to complete. The two met earlier this season at UCLA with Berman emerging with a 6-2, 6-2 victory.

'I played him about a month ago down in Los Angeles and I beat him, but I knew it would different coming in today because we were playing inside and the courts were faster,' remarked Berman, a Newport High School product. 'We both played well and it came down to a couple of points. We came up against a really good team today, arguably the best team in the country.'

Hanlin, ranked No. 55, upset No. 13 Jean-Julien Rojer 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 to claim the Huskies' lone victory. No. 51 Jean-Noel Grinda of UCLA won the No. 2 singles match 7-6, 6-3 over No. 56 Andrej Bizjak. The Husky junior extended the first set to a tiebreaker which Grinda claimed by a 7-3 tally.

Marcin Matkowski was a 6-3, 6-4 winner over UW senior Andy Posavac in the No. 4 singles spot.

The Bruins claimed the doubles point. Matkowski teamed with Travis Rettenmaier to defeat Washington's No. 2 sophomore doubles duo of Dillon Ruby and Ari Strasberg by the score of 8-5. In No. 3 doubles, Clemens and Lassi Ketola defeated Bizjak and Hanlin 8-3.

The NCAA men's team tournament runs through Wednesday. Immediately following the team competition is the individual NCAA singles and doubles championships, May 24-29 also in Athens. Washington's Hanlin has been invited to compete in the singles championships. Bizjak is the second alternate and will participate in the singles competition if other athletes are unable to compete.

No. 2 UCLA 4, No. 15 Washington 1
Magill Tennis Complex, Athens, Ga.

1. No. 55 Matt Hanlin (UW) def. No. 13 Jean-Julien-Rojer (UCLA), 6-3, 5-7, 6-2

2. No. 51 Jean-Noel Grinda (UCLA) def. No. 56 Andrej Bizjak (UW), 7-6 (3), 6-3

3. No. 64 Tobias Clemens (UCLA) def. Jeremy Berman (UW), 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 *clinched victory

4. Marcin Matkowski (UCLA) def. Andy Posavac (UW), 6-3, 6-4

5. No. 88 Erfan Djahangiri (UCLA) vs. Ari Strasberg (UW), suspended at 6-4, 2-2

6. No. 80 Travis Rettenmaier (UCLA) vs. Dillon Ruby (UW), suspended at 6-4, 0-1

1. No. 8 Grinda/Rojer (UCLA) vs. Berman/Posavac (UW), suspended at 7-4

2. Matkowski/Rettenmaier (UCLA) def. Ruby/Strasberg (UW), 8-5 *clinched doubles point

3. Clemens/Ketola (UCLA) def. Bizjak/Hanlin (UW), 8-3

Records: UCLA 23-2. Washington 20-8.

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