Men's Tennis Registers Another Shutout

Feb. 1, 2005


LOS ANGELES - The second-ranked UCLA men's tennis team posted yet another shutout on Tuesday, this time defeating UC Santa Barbara, 7-0 in a non-conference match at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The Bruins, who move to 5-0 on the season, have not given up a point so far this year.

UCLA's depth proved to be the key Tuesday, as the Bruins were flawless despite playing without regulars Luben Pampoulov and Alberto Francis. Paced by an 8-4 victory from Benjamin Kohlloeffel and Kris Kwinta at the No. 1 position, the Bruins posted victories on all three doubles courts to claim a one-point advantage heading into singles action.

Not long after singles play began, UCLA moved out to a 2-0 when UCSB's Nick Brotman was forced to retire at 4-4 in the first set against Kwinta a court No. 4. Bruin sophomore Jason Nguyen was next to finish, knocking Anders Dalskov, 6-2, 6-3 at court No. 6.

Senior Chris Lam clinched the match for the Bruins at the No. 2 position, posting a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Elad Stern. UCLA's two French newcomers were also straight-set winners Tuesday, as Jeremy Drean posted a 6-3, 6-3 decision over Leo Basica at court No. 5, while Mathieu Dehaine was a 6-3, 7-6(3) winner over Ivan d'Argence at court No. 3.

The closest match of the day came at court No. 1, where Kohlloeffel needed a super tiebreaker to knock off Alex Anselme, 6-4, 4-6, (11-9).

UCLA returns to action tomorrow, hosting UC Irvine at the LATC beginning at 2:00 p.m. That match was originally scheduled for Jan. 28, however was postponed due to rain.

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