No. 6 Bruins Overpower No. 13 Huskies, 5-0
April 1, 2005
LOS ANGELES - The No. 6-ranked UCLA men's tennis team (17-2; 3-0 Pac-10) pushed its winning streak to six in a row Friday, defeating No. 13 Washington, 5-0 in a Pac-10 showdown at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.
Friday's match was played in an NCAA Tournament style format, with both coaches agreeing to suspend matches once the outcome was determined. UCLA jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after grabbing the doubles point with a pair of wins at court Nos. 1 and 3. Alberto Francis and Kris Kwinta registered an 8-6 victory at over Daniel Chu and Alex Slovic at the top position, while over on court No. 3, UCLA's Chris Lam and Luben Pampoulov downed Andy Kuharszky/Mike Ricks, 8-3. Court No. 2 was suspended with the Huskies leading 6-5.
Once singles play began, the Bruins quickly took a 2-0 lead when Francis dispatched of Husky senior Peter Scharler, 6-2, 6-1 at court No. 5. Next to finish was court No. 1, where 10th-ranked Benjamin Kohlloeffel and 31st-ranked Alex Vlaski, a pair of lefties, battled it out in the featured match of the day. Unfortunately for Vlaski, it was Kohlloeffel who got the better of the play, dropping just two games en route to a 6-1, 6-1 victory.
The match was eventually clinched at court No. 6, as Philipp Gruendler notched a 6-3, 6-3 win over Kuharszky. Just moments later, Pampoulov finished off Christoph Palmanshofer, 6-3, 6-4 at court No. 2, giving the Bruins a 5-0 lead. It was at that point that both coaches agreed to suspend the two remaining singles matches. Kwinta was down a set to Slovic at court No. 3, while Lam was up a set against Chu at court No. 4 when play was halted.
UCLA hosts the Oregon Ducks tomorrow at the LATC beginning at 1:00 p.m.
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