No. 24 California falls to No. 7 UCLA, 4-2, in NCAA 2nd Round
May 15, 2005
Los Angeles, CA - The California men's tennis team dropped a hard-fought match to No. 9 UCLA, 4-2, in the second round of the NCAA Men's Tennis Championships. With the loss, the Golden Bears end their season at 12-10, while the Bruins improve to 23-3.
Cal dropped a tight doubles point, with UCLA winning two of three matches. The Bruins clinched the point on court two, where the Bears duo of Tyler Browne and Daniel Sebescen were edged by Phillip Gruendler and Benjamin Kohlloeffe, 9-8.
In singles play, the Bears picked up two victories. Junior Conor Niland, ranked No. 13 in the nation, upset UCLA's No. 7 Luben Pampoulov in straight sets, 6-4; 6-4, on court one.
Freshman Ken Nakahara tallied Cal's other win on court six, where he upset No. 85 Phillip Gruendler, 6-1; 6-3.
The Bears will be sending two players, Niland and Briaud, to compete for individual titles at the 2005 NCAA Championships. The singles and doubles competition will be conducted May 25-30 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas, following the conclusion of the team championship (May 21-24).
Complete ResultsUCLA 4, Cal 2
Doubles1. #15 Briaud / Niland (Cal) v. #19 Francis / Kwinta (UCLA), 8-8 DNF2. #58 Gruendler / Kohllolloeffe (UCLA) d. Browne / Sebescen (Cal), 9-83. Lam / Pampoulov (UCLA) d. Maack / Wallace (Cal), 8-3
Singles1. #13 Conor Niland (Cal) d. #7 Luben Pampoulov (UCLA), 6-4; 6-42. #11 Benjamin Kohlloeffe (UCLA) d. #82 Lennart Maack (Cal), 6-2; 6-23. Patrick Briaud (Cal) v. #60 Chris Kwinta (UCLA), 7-6; 6-5 DNF4. Chris Lam (UCLA) d. Daniel Sebescen (Cal), 5-7; 6-2; 6-25. #109 Alberto Francis (UCLA) d. Tyler Browne (Cal), 7-5; 6-16. Ken Nakahara (Cal) d. #85 Phillip Gruendler (UCLA), 6-1; 6-3