UCLA Men's Tennis Loses Heartbreaker,Falls To SMU, 4-3 At NCAA Championships

May 21, 2001

Athens,GA- The Bruins finally got the opportunity play on the outside courts of the Dan Magill Tennis Complex but were dealt a devastating blow, falling to No. 7 seed Southern Methodist, 4-3 this afternoon in a 2001 NCAA Championship quarterfinal contest.

The Bruins claimed their second consecutive doubles point of the NCAA's after the tandem of Marcin Matkowski and Travis Rettenmaier defeated SMU's Genius Chidzikwe and Ryan Mauck, 8-5 on court No. 2. UCLA's No. 1 team of Jean-Noel Grinda and Jean-Julien Rojer picked up their first win of the NCAA championships, downing SMU's Johan Brunstrom and Jon Wallmark, 8-5 on court No. 1.

UCLA held a 2-0 lead after Erfan Djahangiri picked up a victory on court No. 5, downing Lukasz Senczyszyn, 6-4, 6-3. As the Bruins anticipated, the Mustangs came fighting back, as SMU's Chidzikwe downed Rojer on court No. 1 in straight sets by identical scores of 6-3 to even the score at two. From that point of the match, the Mustangs took matches on court Nos. 3 and 2 to take a 3-2 advantage. SMU's Krystian Pfeiffer defeated Tobias Clemens, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 on court No. 3, while SMU's Wallmark picked up the victory on court No. 2, downing Grinda, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

The Bruins were in for a battle and looked in trouble after Marcin Matkowski rolled his ankle during the second set on court No. 4. But Matkowski put in a gutsy performance and won his match, 6-1, 6-7(7), 6-4, to even the score at three.

The match would be decided at court No.6 as UCLA's Travis Rettenmaier and SMU's Johan Brunstrom battled like two warriors. Rettermaier took the first set 6-4, but then dropped the second set 5-7. In the decisive set, Rettemaier who was down 5-3 came roaring back to close the gap and tied the score at six to force a tie-breaker. Brunstrom took a 6-0 advantage in the tie-breaker and looked on the verge of clinching the match, but Rettenmaier would not succumb so easily. He fought back again to score five consecutive points to cut the deficit to 6-5. Brunstom finally sealed the Bruins fate with an overhand shot to seal the victory.

With the setback, the Bruins finished the season with a 23-3 mark overall.

Rojer and Grinda will now participate in the individual portion of the NCAA championships which will begin on Thursday, May 24.

UCLA 3, SMU 4

Doubles

1. Grinda/Rojer (UCLA) d. Brunstrom/Wallmark (SMU)- 8-42. Matkowski/Rettenmaier (UCLA) d. Chidzikwe/Mauck (SMU) - 8-53. Clemens/Ketola (UCLA) vs. Pfeiffer/Senczyszyn (SMU)- suspended

UCLA wins doubles point.

Singles

1. Genius Chidzikwe (SMU) d. Jean-Julien Rojer (UCLA)-6-3, 6-32. John Wallmark (SMU) d. Jean-Noel Grinda (UCLA)- 4-6, 6-3, 6-23. Krystian Pfeiffer (SMU) d. Tobias Clemens (UCLA) -6-4, 3-6, 6-24. Marcin Matkowski (UCLA) d. Alexis Rudzinski (SMU)-6-1, 6-7(7), 6-45. Erfan Djahangiri (UCLA) d. Lukasz Senczyszyn (SMU)- 6-4, 6-36. Johan Brunstrom (SMU) d.Travis Rettenmaier (UCLA) vs.4-6, 7-5, 7-6(5)*

*Denotes clinching match.

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