Bruins Down Stanford, 5-2
April 5, 2003
Stanford, Calif. - The sixth-ranked UCLA men's tennis team won the doubles point and captured four of six singles matches, en route to a 5-2 decision over No. 7 Stanford Saturday at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium. UCLA improves its overall record to 17-2, while Stanford falls to 15-3. Saturday's match did not count in the Pac-10 standings.
In doubles play, UCLA picked up two crucial wins at court Nos. 2 and 3. At the No. 2 spot, UCLA's Erfan Djahangiri and Alberto Francis knocked off 27th-ranked K.C. Corkery/James Pade, 8-3. At No. 3 doubles, Bruin senior Rodrigo Grilli, who did not play against Cal on Friday, teamed with Aaron Yovan to down Stanford's Phil Sheng/Sam Warburg, 8-5.
Following doubles play, UCLA took a 2-0 lead when Bruin junior Tobias Clemens posted a 6-4, 6-1 victory over David Martin at No. 1 singles. The Bruins would go ahead 3-0 shortly thereafter when Lassi Ketola downed Pade, 6-2, 6-4 at No. 5 singles.
Francis clinched the match for UCLA at the No. 6 position where he defeated Stanford's Carter Morris, 7-6(5), 6-4.
With the match already decided, Stanford would avoid the shutout with a pair of victories at the Nos. 2 and 3 courts. At No. 2 singles, Scott Lipsky edged Grilli, 0-6, 6-3, 6-4. Corkery then knocked off Djahangiri, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1.
In the final match of the afternoon, Bruin sophomore Chris Lam rallied to defeat Warburg, 5-7, 6-3, (10-2) at the No. 4 position.
UCLA snapped Stanford's 10-match winning streak Saturday and handed the Cardinal their first home loss of the season.
The Bruins return to the Los Angeles Tennis Center next week to host Oregon on Friday and Washington on Saturday.