Bruins Down Cowboys, 4-0 in NCAA Round of 16

May 17, 2003

Athens, Ga. - The sixth-seeded UCLA men's tennis team won the doubles point, and then registered three consecutive singles victories Saturday, defeating Oklahoma State, 4-0 in the round of 16 at the NCAA Championships. UCLA (23-3) advances to Sunday's quarterfinals and will take on third-seeded Florida. The Gators (25-4) struggled to get past No. 14 Texas, 4-3 Saturday.

UCLA, which improves to 22-0 when it wins the doubles point, was tested in doubles but managed to pull out victories at the Nos. 1 and 3 courts. In the No. 3 spot, UCLA's Erfan Djahangiri/Alberto Francis defeated Oklahoma State's Boris Kuharic/Felipe Diaz, 8-5. At the top spot, the Bruin tandem of Rodrigo Grilli and Marcin Matkowski defeated Oklahoma State's Mark van Elden/Jiri Jezek, 8-5 to clinch the point. UCLA's Tobias Clemens and Lassi Ketola were leading 7-6 at No. 2 doubles when play was suspended.

The Bruins came out strong in singles play, winning the first set on all six courts. First to finish was Matkowski, who posted a 6-2, 6-2 decision over Yevgen Bondarchuk at No. 2 singles. Bruin senior Erfan Djahangiri was next off, as he recorded a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Tomas Bohunicky.

With a comfortable 3-0 advantage, Bruin sophomore Chris Lam clinched the match for UCLA at the No. 4 position, defeating Jezek, 6-3, 6-1.

Both Clemens and Ketola were up a set, and Grilli was up 1-0 in the third when play was suspended.

UCLA advances to the quarterfinals at NCAAs for the 26th time in the last 27 years. The Bruins also improve to 25-6 all-time in NCAA Quarterfinal matches. Saturday marked the third straight shutout of the NCAA Tournament for UCLA, which also posted 4-0 decisions over Wichita State and USC in the first and second rounds respectively.

The Bruins and Gators have met once already this season, with Florida taking a 4-1 victory in the semifinals of the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships back in February. UCLA knocked Florida out of the NCAA Tournament in 2002, defeating the Gators, 4-0 in the round of 16 at Texas A&M.

Doubles

Opponents Score 8-5 Susp. Djahangiri/ Alberto Francis (UCLA) def. Felipe Diaz/Kuharic (OSU) 8-5
Pos.
1. (24) Grilli/Matkowski (UCLA) def. van Elden/Jezek (OSU)
2. (51) Clemens/Ketola (UCLA) vs. Bondarchuk/Spousta (OSU)
3.
UCLA WinsDoubles Point

Singles

Opponents Score Susp. 6-2, 6-2 Susp. 6-3, 6-1* 6-1, 6-4 Susp.
Pos.
1. (5) Tobias Clemens (UCLA) vs. (59) Mark van Elden (OSU)
2. (24) Marcin Matkowski (UCLA) def. Yevgen Bondarchuk (OSU)
3. (98) Rodrigo Grilli (UCLA) vs. Boris Kuharic (OSU)
4. (37) Chris Lam (UCLA) def. Jiri Jezek (OSU)
5. (88) Erfan Djahangiri (UCLA) def. Tomas Bohunicky (OSU)
6. Lassi Ketola (UCLA) vs. Jiri Spousta (OSU)
* Denotes Clinching Match -- Order of Finish (Singles): 2, 5, 4
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